Skill Development – How You Can Learn The Skill Sets Needed To Launch Your Very Own Online Business From Scratch
A skill development article from home business lifestyle coach Mark Ford where he also introduces you to one of the most powerful educational programs online. This program will help you develop the skills necessary to create a digital lifestyle business so that you can work towards achieving time and financial freedom.
Hello, Mark Ford here and they say that time flies when you are having fun and that is certainly true this week because I have really enjoyed composing this series of articles on personal development and the week has truly flown by.
Before we look at the final topic of skill development let’s just have a brief re-cap on what I have shared with you to help you with your own personal development both in your personal life as well as your professional life.
On Tuesday I went into great detail to explain just what personal development is and as I explained it is not just reading a couple of books and expecting everything to fit into place.
I shared with you the core benefits of committing to personal development, the reasoning for including them and what benefits you can expect to gain from them. In case you have not had the chance to read this article please click here and you will be re-directed so that you can check it out.
The following day I brought to your attention how vital it is to have a personal development plan in place. Again I explained the benefits of creating one and gave you a blueprint to follow so that you can put everything down on paper and refer to it whenever you like. Buy doing so you will keep yourself on track with the goals and targets that you set. Again you can check out this article by clicking here.
Then yesterday I looked at what makes a successful person and the reasoning why this should not be measured on just how much money you have in the bank or you are generating from your career or own business. Hopefully in this one I gave you much food for thought and I hope you liked the comparisons that I made to get my point over to you. So please check out this article by clicking here.
Skill Development – Let’s Begin!
Now I have got that piece of housekeeping out of the way I want to get onto today’s topic of skill development. In this article I will be concentrating on the skill development you will need to help you create a successful online business just like millions of people from all around the world. This is my speciality, helping people gain the technical, marketing and most importantly the mindset skills that they need to become successful online.
Over the last few years I have had the privilege to witness the growth of hundreds, if not thousands, of people who start out as complete beginners, no plan in place, not knowing just what kind of online business they want to create and then seeing them blossom into highly successful and highly motivated digital entrepreneurs in hundreds of different niches and industries.
Fortunately I have access to a platform which nurtures people with their idea and focuses on taking that single seed and then growing it into a forest of abundance both for the business owner and the people that business then goes onto serve.
Skill Development – Discover Where You Can Develop The Skills To Create A Profitable Online Business From Scratch
Within this platform there are highly successful mentors and coaches who collectively have generated millions of dollars online which can be fully verified. Through my own hard work I can proudly say that I am part of the coaching team and through the training and mentoring programs that they offer it has helped me build a number of online educational businesses.
The skill development you need are all contained in the programs that they offer which focus on determining just what your WHY and purpose is.
Why do you want to start an online business?
What type of business do you want to create
What value do you want to bring to society and be remembered for?
How big is your vision?
Do you want to solve just your problems or the problems of others?
You will learn the fundamental skills sets needed to generate an income online through various business models. Then comes probably the most important part of your online business skill development and that is creating the right mindset.
There are exercises to complete where you will visualise your ideal day and lifestyle that you want to live. You will create your own lifestyle blueprint where you will be able to identify your own personal strengths and be empowered to create your digital lifestyle.
There are action plans to complete before you have the chance to work with the coaches to create your very own online business plan of action.
So you will discover what you want to do, why you want to do it and then work out just how you are going to achieve your goals. Nothing is left to chance. You can’t move forward until each step is completed.
At this stage you will have the basic understanding on how an online business works and have the right mindset to start taking action. Here is where it starts to get really serious and fun. You can then leverage this platforms own proprietary digital marketing system which has everything in place to help you succeed.
When people start out in an online business they struggle with deciding on what to sell within their business. This platform has its own suite of world class digital products that you can leverage and promote on behalf of the company as an affiliate marketer. Basically every time you make a sale you will receive a commission which can run into multiple thousands of dollars if you gain the skills to do this.
No guarantees here. You will be responsible for your own results by taking consistent action in your business following the various trainings.
Also they provide all the marketing resources you need to use with the training they provide. This will help you reach your ideal customer, your target market. When you make a sale, everything is then handled internally such as payment processing and customer service. This allows you to concentrate of developing your marketing skills to reach even more people all around the world.
Support is always there from highly experienced and successful coaches, just like myself and there is a community of thousands of members can you can reach out to if you need some additional help or just to introduce yourself.
Skill Development With The Six Figure Mentors
Okay, by now I am sure you want to know the name of this platform and how you can find out more information on how they can help you develop your skills and learn how to create that dream digital lifestyle.
Six Figure Mentors
Well the company is called the Six Figure Mentors which was the brainchild of a highly successful affiliate marketer called Stuart Ross.
Stuart Ross then partnered up with another industry leader called Jay Kubassek to bring together their years of experience and success to help others do the same.
After all their success their mission is to help people just like you follow your dreams and passions and create a lifestyle with now boundaries. Another way of looking at it is to create FREEDOM!
I am just like you. I was sitting in your position just a few short years ago and through Stuart & Jay, their systems and support, working incredibly hard by learning new skill sets, then taking massive action I have gone onto to break free of the shackles of the nine to five lifestyle and live a life of travel and freedom on how to spend my days.
My mission, well it is to give back and help people get into the same position that I now find myself in. In more detail..
“Loyally stepping up for others SO THAT they are given inner peace. Many people live the life they think they have to live. They are overworked, underpaid, and unfulfilled. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. My name is Mark Ford and my goal is to help you recognize your potential and equip you with the skills you need to turn that potential into a viable online home business in the digital economy. We have to stop making excuses and make it happen, whatever that is for you?”
Skill Development – So How Can You Join Our Community?
Well I think the easiest way for you to find out more about the company, the systems, how they work and also to get to know me a little bit better is to let you have access to a website that I have created which is dedicated to showing you how this company has changed my life. The website is called Mark Ford Marketing and I have created this website so that you have a much clearer idea of what this educational system can do for you.
You will find out more about Stuart & Jay and be able to claim a free video series where they are live on camera explaining every single aspect on how they can potentially change your life through their trainings and educational business system. So what you need to do now is take action and click here to learn more.
Skill development is critical for every new thing that you embark on within your life and as you have checked out this skill development blog can we agree that it is safe to assume that you are more than interested in creating your own online business.
What I have covered in this series of personal development articles is highly relevant to becoming a digital entrepreneur and I have now given you the opportunity to get your hands on the vehicle that potentially make everything a reality for you and your family.
I sincerely hope that you take this opportunity because one like this may never come your way again. I wish you every success and I hope that we will connect very soon.
Successful Person – What Are The Key Attributes That A Person Has To Become Successful In Life?
An article from home business lifestyle coach Mark Ford where he investigates what makes a successful person in both their personal and professional life.
Successful Person – It’s Not Just About Money!
Many people have this misconception that someone is only a successful person if they have a large bank balance, which could never be further from the truth. Fair enough if someone has built up a business from the ground up and made a lot of money in the process then yes, they can claim success, but there are many other factors in life which can determine success.
Throughout anyone’s life there are stages that they go through where they will achieve something. Right from learning to walk and talk, read and write and then go through a comprehensive education system to gain the credentials to go out into the big wide world of business and commerce.
Then you must look at things that are more personal like raising a family which can arguably be the most daunting and rewarding thing that anyone can do in their life. Now I realise that in some circumstances this cannot happen for everyone and in no way do I mean to so sound insensitive, but if you bring a life into the world, love and nurture that person to become the best version of themselves, then that could be seen as the ultimate accolade for any parent. This is probably the most successful thing anyone can do, to create a family unit that has the most special bond in life that is also lifelong!
So how do you gauge success, sit down and think about this for a moment. Do you look at what you have achieved or are you constantly trying to compare yourself with other people? I am sure that if you look closely at your life then you will find that you are more successful than what you may think.
You are unique, a special person with tons of value that you can give to the world. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else because all you are doing is putting pressure on your shoulders to try and emulate them and any success that they may have achieved.
One thing to consider is that if you are happy with your life then you are already successful. Everyday wake up take a look around your environment and what you have in your life and be grateful for it, but think about what you can do through the day to make your world and the people around you better. Then act on it and by the time you lay your head on your pillow at the end of the day the day will have been successful. Something to think about!
Successful Person – Sport!
When you look at sports everything is concentrated on being the number 1 both in team and individual sport. Looking at the trophy cabinet to see how much silverware and medals you have. You should always play something to win otherwise there is no point but there is also success within defeat. Some of those medals and trophies may be for coming second or third which is still an incredible achievement.
Olympic Games Podium
People say that no one ever remembers a loser, which is a horrible word by the way, but if you look at the Olympics and see the joy on the faces of the competitors that get the Silver and Bronze medal then in my eyes they are not losers and should be remembered for their success. All the dedication that they have put in from a very young age to get to that point in their life should be applauded to the highest level. Each and everyone of them is a successful person and this can be applied to the whole sporting world in general.
Let’s look at business for a moment. Say you have two individuals who both set up a new business. After one year the first has generated $50,000 in sales and the second has generated $250,000 in sales. Who has been more successful?
Some people would say the second person because the only thing they are measuring is the amount of money generated which can be a little narrow minded. Why do I say that?
Well there are many different factors to take into consideration. Look at it like this. Both people started off at zero and have got positive results so they are both a success. They would have had to build the infrastructure of their business whether that is websites, premises, licences, overall business structure like bank accounts and accountants. Again they are both successful people.
Then you must look at the products and services that they are offering. They might be selling at different price points and in totally different niches or industries. For example, the first person sells their products and services for $1000 and the second person sells their products and services for $5000. This means that they have each sold 50 products so when it comes to marketing their products and services they are just as successful as each other.
So now we have looked at various examples of what makes a successful person let’s look into what successful people do on a daily basis
Successful Person – The Common Traits Of Successful People
Look For Opportunities – There are opportunities all around us and the trick is to spot them. Then usually what happens is that you get introduced to people and this is where you need to take advantage of things. This is where you can build long lasting relationships which could potential develop into great things. Don’t let things slip through your fingertips.
Build The Relationship – What I mean by this is to always remember the little things. Never forget people’s names and play close attention to what they are doing in their lives. If they mention that they are off on holiday, then make sure the next time you see them you ask if they had a good time.
If you admire what they have done professionally then make sure you tell them that and take interest in what they are doing. Never be afraid to send them an email or text just to say hello and ask how they are as it will go a long way and they will remember you.
Educate Yourself – Whether you read books, watch videos or listen to podcasts you should constantly educate yourself so that you keep up to date on what is happening in the world and your industry.
Lead A Healthy Lifestyle – Your health can affect the decisions that you make both personally and professionally, so you need to be aware of your health and try to live the healthiest lifestyle you can.
Lead A Healthy Lifestyle
Concentrate on nutrition and exercise. Make sure you fuel you body with good ingredients and take regular exercise, even if it is only a half an hour walk a day. It increases mobility and gets the blood pumping which keeps your brain active which leads to productivity.
Adaptability – You must be flexible and adaptable to everything in life and successful people can change the way they do things at a drop of the hat. The world evolves daily so you need to evolve with it to keep up to speed. Here you may find yourself feeling vulnerable and out of your comfort zone, but you must plough forward and work through this to come out the other side a better person.
Goal Setting – All successful people set goals both in their private and professional lives. This gives you something to work towards and a reason for what you are doing. One thing here is to look at the overall goal and then break it down into mini goals or in other words stepping stones.
Then tackle each step at a time because it will be easier for you and you will not become overwhelmed. Then when you reach each milestone there is nothing wrong with giving yourself a reward for your achievements because at the end of the day you have deserved it.
Create A Great Circle Of Influence – Successful people have a great circle of influence, people who are like them in many ways. This is what you need to do as it will greatly enhance your chances of success. Mastermind with them daily!
If you have negative people around you then it will make you negative and self-doubt. On the other hand, if you surround yourself with positive and open-minded people then you will see a positive change in your life. This is where you may need to make some tough choices and disassociate yourself with certain people, but it is something that you will need to do.
Never Give Up On Mindset – There will be times when you hit barriers and hurdles. Now some people give up and the result is that their life will never change. Successful people plough on regardless and find a way to make things work. Going back to the Olympic athletes I mentioned earlier. They got onto that podium because they never gave up and had the drive to realise their goals.
They Are Always Accountable – All successful people are accountable for the actions and the decisions that they make, they never play the blame game. So this is what you need to do and live and die by the decisions that you and only you make.
In essence, visualise and meditate on your goals, invest in yourself, do income producing activities each day, Mastermind with other leaders, and learn, do, teach!
How Successful People Think Video – Courtesy of Video Advice
I hope that you have taken great value from my interpretation of what a successful person is, and I would appreciate it if you can let me know your comments below. Alternatively you can contact me here if you would like any more advice on what I have spoken about today.
I wish you every success in running your home business from anywhere in the world.
Personal Development Plan – How To Create The Perfect Personal Development Plan Which Will Enhance Your Personal And Professional Life
An article from home business lifestyle coach and digital entrepreneur Mark Ford on how to create a personal development plan to help you achieve all the goals that you set in life and fulfil the ambitions and aspirations that you have.
Hello, Mark Ford here and I can’t believe we are at the half way point in my series of articles relating to personal development and self improvement. There is a saying that if you fail to plan then you are planning to fail! As an example if you wanted to build your own house would you just buy a piece of land, get the construction materials and then break ground without any blueprints, drawings and plans to follow?
Of course you wouldn’t, you would employ an architect, get planning permission and then source qualified tradespeople to construct your new home to get the highest quality of product to enjoy. Well this principle can be applied to personal development and it is vital that you sit down and take some time to create your own personal development plan.
Yesterday I went into just what personal development is and as I have already said it is not just a case of buying a load of books. In case you missed yesterday’s article you can jump back and read it by clicking here. It is very in-depth and will take a lot of commitment to learn new skills, embrace change and take action.
So the point of this article is to give you the foundations, just like building a house, so that you can follow a step by step process and create your own personal development plan and create a blueprint which will map out your life for the future.
Personal Development Plan – Why Is It important?
Personal Development Plan
You need to have a clear vision on how you want your life to pan out. This includes setting goals and deadlines for you to meet at different stages of your life. Now this can apply to both your personal life as well as your professional life because it will make you focus on getting to your end destination.
If you don’t have the focus there is only one thing that will happen. That is, you will get distracted from what you are trying to achieve and go off in various different directions and running around like a headless chicken, sorry didn’t mean to upset any animal lovers!
So let’s now look at the different steps you need to take and why you need to take them.
Personal Development Plan – Creating Your Vision
Creating A Vision
You have the most powerful computer sitting right on the top of your shoulders, your brain. It processes millions of pieces of information which can be collated to create the vision that you have for your life.
It is very important that it is your vision, so what do I mean by that. You may be influenced by other people, you may see successful people, what they have and say to your self “I want a piece of that”.
By all means take some inspiration from that but don’t copy and paste as what they have in life may not be suited to you. What I would suggest you do is do something that is a practical exercise and create your own vision board.
Then fill it with what you want in life. Now this may include material things such as nice cars, boats and grand houses or any other thing you want to possess and there is nothing wrong with wanting to have nice things, far from it.
The thing is not to forget the important things in life such as having a fulfilling relationship, starting a family, creating your legacy to leave the world, how you want to help people.
Also how you want other people to feel about you, define your morals, values and your ethics. What person do you want to be? Hopefully someone that people can rely on, who is honest and trustworthy and someone who will go that extra mile to help people in need.
If you are looking to start your own business, then what kind of business do you want to create? It is not about just what can you sell to make money, it is about what value can you provide which will enhance other people’s lives and then the money is a bi=product of that. Always be prepared to give more than you receive, and the latter will take care of itself.
Once you have all this down on your board it will be your vision, your dreams and your goals. Then put it on the wall so you can easily be reminded of what you want out of life, or if you have it all in a book make sure you have it with you so that you can easily refer to it.
Personal Development Plan – Getting Your Focus
Now you have your vision it will make it easier for you to focus on what you need to do and what order your need to do it. You will have clarity.
Although this process is very important it is equally important not to over analyse it or over plan things. Try to keep it as simple as possible because it will make it easier for you to follow and keep that focus, also you will find that you will not get too stressed.
Look at it as you must complete step A to get to step B and so on, but it will help you if you can put obtainable deadlines to meet, just to keep you on track. Now you have your focus it is time to take action.
Personal Development Plan – Taking Action
Now I obviously don’t know what your vision is so the easiest way for me to explain taking action is to give you a few examples.
If you are a person is suffering from anxiety and this is holding back your personal development then you might look at taking yoga lessons or practicing meditation.
Your dream car may be the latest Ferrari but you will need to learn how to drive before that dream can come true. If you are looking for a lasting relationship but find it hard to approach people and make the first move, then you may want to look into getting professional advice.
Lastly if you see having your own business is the vehicle to help you achieve your dreams and vision for your life then you will need to invest into your education and seek proven and successful people in the field or industry that you are interested in.
I am sure you get the idea by now. Whatever you must do to get you from A to B then you simply must do it.
Personal Development Plan – Setting Goals
Goals In Life
Setting goals is important whether it is personal goals or business goals but sometimes they work hand in hand. You may have always wanted to learn to drive but this may be necessary for you to start your own business so there may be a greater urgency to get this sorted first.
Personal goals are often easier to achieve and therefore have less stress involved whereas business goals can often seem bigger and more challenging to achieve. An example of this may be if you wanted to learn a particular musical instrument. This is something that you are doing solely for pleasure and yes you may want to be proficient as soon as possible you are getting immense enjoyment from practicing.
Whereas a business goal would be that you need to earn a certain amount of money per month to live. This immediately puts pressure on you because at the end of the month if you have not reached your target how are you going to pay the mortgage or rent and put food on the table.
So set your goals but like the previous steps you need to work out the actions you need to take to reach them.
Personal Development Plan – Time Planning
There are only 24 hours in a day and that will never change so you now need to work out a schedule so that you can execute the actions that you need to take. So look at each stage of the process and work out how long it is going to take you to complete that step and then create a timetable which works with your daily routine. You may be working so the evenings are the only time you have but you still must think about your family time which is very important.
So, you need to be super organised and disciplined, create your schedule and stick to it.
Personal Development Plan – Monitor Your Progress
Everything you do within your personal development plan is measurable and you must keep track on your progress otherwise you will never know if you are moving forward.
If it is a health issue like losing weight, then you must track your progress at a certain time of the week so that your results are consistent.
If it is building your own house, then regular meetings with all the tradespeople and project managers are crucial to make sure that time and finances are on track.
Lasting if you are running marketing campaigns for your business then you must monitor results to make sure you are not losing money. If the campaign is bombing then kill it, if it profitable then scale it up as much as you can.
So this is a personal development plan template for you to follow. I would really like to know how you get on and if you have anything that you don’t quite understand then please get in touch with me by clicking here.
Self Improvement – What Are The Core Benefits Of Personal Development?
A self improvement article from home business lifestyle coach Mark Ford
Welcome to the next article of this personal development series where I will be looking at self improvement and concentrating on the core benefits to personal development. Some people may think that to achieve self improvement you just need to buy a few books or courses and this will automatically help you as a person evolve into a higher calibre version of yourself. If it was that easy then everybody would be doing that but it involves investing in yourself and then being super proactive.
Instead of just sitting around waiting and wishing for things to happen you must go out there and grab every opportunity by the scruff of the neck. In short you are the one who has to make things happen and be accountable for everything decision that you may make. Sure, you will make mistakes and have hurdles to overcome but this should be embraced as it is part of your learning curve on this journey that you are taking, which is your life!
Every experience you have, both good and bad, will be rewarding in some regard but the first thing you need to do is make that commitment to self improvement to ultimately achieve personal fulfilment and happiness.
So this article is going to look at the core benefits of personal development and there are only just over a handful to look at so I promise that this will seem to heavy to consume. Each core element is vital to improving you as a person both for personal and business circumstances which often work hand in hand, one compliments each other especially if you are looking to become a business owner or entrepreneur. Let’s dive in!
Self Improvement – The Top Mindset Skills To Master
Being Self Aware – This is your starting point. You must be self-aware and no exactly who you are and this all stems for your own core beliefs. You should have you own believes and values that are close to your heart. What exactly do your stand for and what is your mission in life? What mission do you have in life and who do you want to touch and help?
You must have your own dreams in life and never look towards anybody else to copy and chase their dreams, always chase yours so that you can create the lifestyle that you want. You do this by setting your own goals and visioning what your ideal lifestyle is so that you can drive yourself forward.
Be aware of your surroundings, who you are with because the biggest computer in the world is your brain and you are constantly receiving information which can help you form a clear vision of what you want in life.
This information is usually a negative feeling or emotion which makes you feel bad. For example, you may be at work at are having a bad day, so you say to yourself “I hate my job, what sort of job do I want” or “I want to change my life, what resources do I need to make the changes I need?”.
So when bad emotions appear ask yourself questions on what exactly is making you feel this way and how you can come up with a solution. I know that may say very simple in theory but can be harder in practice, but I recommend you give it a go because it makes it a lot clearer in your mind just what you want out of life.
Knowing Where You Are Going – Once you are self aware then you will have a clear direction and path to take. You can set your goals which then helps you make clear cut decisions much more easily.
You can prioritise the tasks you need to undertake, and you will find that you may have been spending too much time on things that are unimportant which take up a lot of your day. Make a daily to do list or method of operation which will help you close in on all of your objectives.
This will streamline your whole operation and the knock-on effect of that is that you will find you have more time which will overall improve the quality of your life and work. In short, more is less!
Developing A Growth Mindset
Being Laser Focused – Once you get to this point you will be acutely self-aware and have that clear direction to follow so you will be laser focused on everything in your life. The tasks that you undertake on a day to day basis will become effortless and not seem to be hard work and the results you achieve will continually get better and better.
Also by having that clarity and focus you will find that you become less distracted or when a distraction does come your way you will know how to handle it and move away from it. If you have set yourself any form of deadline then you will be confident that you will meet the commitments that you have set which will help you work much more effectively to create a better end product.
As you get better at the tasks you perform you will then enjoy doing them much more and will help you see the true value of what you are doing and trying to achieve.
Increase Motivation Levels – By now you will have a clear picture as to where you want your life to be and the methodology on how to make everything become real, so this will help you develop real motivation to see it all through right to the end.
You will be getting to a point where you can taste the success, it is palpable and at the end of your fingertips, so you will move heaven and earth to grab it with both hands. One thing that may put the brakes on is an overwhelming sense of the whole project but with a little bit of thought you will have the motivation to create a solution which maybe to break things down into smaller goals, building blocks and when you have this in place you will be at a point where your motivation levels are at their highest. Nothing is going to stop you now.
One thing to remember though is to take time out from no and again to asses that you are on the right track and if you are working to the plan you set up earlier there is no reason to think you won’t. Once you see that everything is coming together nicely it will give you that sot in the arm and kick you even further on with the project in hand.
Becoming Resilient – At times things will get really tough and you will face some major scenarios to overcome. You will have to develop a skin that is as thick as an elephant to deflect things away and the doggedness to never give up, get back on your feet when things try to knock you out and develop the no quit attitude to survive.
You can’t stop these things from happening but the good news is that by now you will have developed the skills to overcome anything that life has to throw at you, and it will. Instead of panicking and getting stressed out you will be able to form a positive calculated plan of action and then execute that plan to get the ship back on an even keel and limit any potential damages.
Relationship Building – There are two types of relationships and they are good and bad. Everybody experiences these but when you have committed to self improvement through personal development you can determine which is which and act accordingly.
If you don’t look at the way you form relationships and act within them then you usually open yourself up to developing bad ones. This can be said in both your personal life and in business. Sometimes you get caught up in particular groups and those people become friends just because they are always around you. The relationship is a product of association and not much more, just because you are friendly to them and they reciprocate doesn’t make them your friend or you theirs.
True friends will go out of their way to help and expect nothing in return, some people have an agenda and because you have developed certain life skills by now you will be able to determine which side people fall into.
Also steer clear of negative people, you know the ones. People who are always looking on the dull side, the glass half empty type. People who are always looking for the way that something won’t work rather than being positive and look for the solution first.
So form relationships with positive and open-minded people as this will rub off on you. As I have said always be friendly but put the time and effort into the relationships that mean something.
Self Improvement – To Wrap Things Up
I hope that you can see the benefits of self improvement through personal development and if you are prepared to put the time and effort in then your life will become full and the rewards you receive can be off the charts. If you have any thoughts on what I have shared with you today then please contact me here but for now I wish you well.
Personal Development – A Lifelong Journey To Create The Perfect Version Of Yourself Both Personally And Professionally For Business Purposes
A personal development article from home business lifestyle coach and mentor Mark Ford.
Your personal development starts from when you are born and take your first breathe in this beautiful world that we all live in. Life is an exciting adventure of developing life skills that form the person that you will grow into. In truth you will continue to develop and learn things right up till you take your final breathe.
There is a saying that “you learn something new everyday day” but it depends on the life skills that you pick up along the way, how you deal with what you learn, and what action you take. Personal development affects you in two ways. The first is physically as your body evolves through your life right from taking your first steps, speaking your first words, learning to read and write, watching and experience your body grow and coping with the changes at different stages of your life.
The other way is mentally, what goes on within that grey matter and that six inches of space between your ears. You will experience millions of emotions throughout your life and learn how to deal with thousands of scenarios. You are not perfect so there will be countless occasions where you will make mistakes, that I am afraid is life but there will also be countless times that you will work things out positively and ultimately prosper.
Before I go any further I would just like to introduce myself to you. May name is Mark Ford and for well over two decades I have been very successful home business owner within various business models and industries. As with everybody else who has ever lived I have had my fair share of challenges to deal with both personally and professionally and I have now made it my mission to loyally step up for other SO THAT they are given inner peace.
Also my mission is to pass on that experience to help individuals just like you to develop as people and help them create and operate successful home businesses. I work with high calibre individuals everyday to help them create the best version of themselves and personal development plays a major part of the programs that I have created to help them achieve their end goals.
In case you are not aware of my story I am a qualified lawyer and practiced law within the United Kingdom legal system for 29 years until finally I decided to make a life changing decision to leave and branch out in a totally new direction by setting up a property investment and management company with a very close friend of mine.
Also I closed down a very successful event management business that I had been operating for a number of years when I hit the total of 1000 gigs. So I am living proof that anybody can re-invent themselves and follow dreams, set new goals in life and achieve them.
I had to learn new skills both practically and more importantly develop new mindset skills to give me the belief that I could become successful in my new chosen career path. So if you are a professional person and looking for a new direction then I am here to help but it will mean that you will have to learn the fundamental skills to progress with your own personal development.
Therefore I am very excited to start a series of posts this week that are all dedicated to the different aspects of personal development and give you an insight to different programs, methods, techniques and tools that you can use to develop your talents and potential to enhance your quality of life and achieve the aspirations that you have set yourself.
Personal Development – What We Will Be looking At Over The Next Few Days
Today I am giving you a brief overview to what you can expect over the next few days, but I will be covering in great detail just what personal development is and I am sure that there will be things that have never occurred to you.
I will address the core benefits of personal development along with reasons why this should be your priority. I will give you simple tips to help you get started and look at things such as self- improvement and development and how to develop new skills sets to help you transition into becoming a new home business owner if this is the path that you want to embark on.
At some point we will look at developing a personal development plan so that you have a blueprint to work to and I am excited to share with you at the end of the week what I consider to be the most powerful process that you can go through to creating your ideal day, life and business that you can create within the digital economy.
I am no different to any other person regarding being very fortunate to have influential people at different stages of my life and I will explain the importance of mentorship. There is nothing more powerful than learning from successful people so that you can avoid making some costly mistakes and I will be sharing with you some industry leading names that you may want to follow and giving you some recommendations for resources that you may want to look at. This should be seen as investing in you and your future. You can’t figure everything out on your own, it simply is not possible.
Personal Development – Are You Ready To Create The Best Version Of Yourself?
There are some pre-requisites and they are as follows. You will need to embrace changes that you will need to make. There may be things that will make you feel uncomfortable and take you out of your comfort zone but that is a good thing, and you will need to be open minded on some of the things that you will learn over the next few days.
You also need to be an action taker to achieve positive results. Continually consuming and not putting into practise what you learn will only result in one thing and that is you stagnating and staying in the same state that you are currently in.
Actions speak louder than words and like to pride myself as someone who never procrastinates. I am always 100% all in that has always stood me in good stead and I consider this is one of the major factors to the level of success that I have achieved within my life.
Over the last few years I have been given the opportunity to give back and create immense value to society within my role of being a mentor to highly motivated entrepreneurs all over the world. What goes around comes around and although I have worked incredibly hard within my life I have had lots of people who have helped me which I am eternally grateful for.
Discovering Your Why
This is why I want to help you to discover your “WHY” in life. To find your purpose in life so that you can leave your mark on this world. To discover that fire in your belly and bring it to the fore so that one day you can be in the position of making an impact on people’s lives through the value that you provide.
So I hope that you are looking forward to the coming days just as much as I am. It is going to be fun because everybody needs some fun in their lives. Also it is going to be rewarding for you and me because you will learn things about yourself that you would have never thought existed. It will also help me with my own personal development as life is fluid and constantly changing so I will discover new things about myself which will contribute to help me serve you better.
If at any time you need more clarification and what I am going to share with you then please do not hesitate to connect with me. The sooner you contact me the sooner I can help you which is my main priority.
Some people look at personal development as a heavy subject, maybe they don’t understand it or are frightened at just what they will discover about the person they are. At the end of the day it is the lynchpin to what makes us who we are, it defines us and how other people look upon us.
So make sure you come back tomorrow for the first of the personal development series of articles that I will be publishing and don’t forget that you can contact me here if there is anything that you maybe unsure of and I will always do my very best to get back to you as soon as possible. Take care for now and as always I wish you every success.
Mark Ford On Tour – Touring London February 2018 – Don’t Forget About Balance
A short and to the point post today about balance.
A simple message for you as we strive to change our lives through starting a home business, do not forget about balance. What do you mean Mark?
That 100% of your time is not invested into your home business to the detriment of the other areas of your life such as health, relationships, time with yourself to de-stress, time with family and being present when out socially and more.
You may agree or disagree with this, especially when starting out with a new home business.
However, step back and ask yourself how important is it for me to invest 100% of my time into my home business to the detriment of the other areas of my life?
Now, I am not going to answer that for you because it is tough at the start. I will leave it with you to pose that question to yourself. No judgement here. Just ask yourself is balance important to me? Are you neglecting others areas of your life to the detriment of your long term happiness in all areas?
Maintaining Balance – Touring London 2018
Below I share videos of a recent trip in February 2018 travelling to stay with my friends Greg and Fiona Scott where 100% of my time was not working on the business. Balance was maintained between the business input and social time being present with them.
Below I also share another example of maintaining balance between ensuring your home business is being built and having time with yourself to re-focus and be in balance.
Have you ever heard of people making money from home? – It sounds nice, right?
You can make your own schedule each day and even take a few hours to exercise in the middle of the day. But it’s still a full-time job by all means and should be treated like one. Job or passion or lifestyle? – you decide?
There’s just something appealing about running your own business from the comforts of your home, on your own time working when you want.
Now, you must be wondering how you can change your normal work routine to sow the seeds of your financial independence.
The digital economy is providing many opportunities outside of the normal job climate for budding business entrepreneurs to work from home and gain more freedom.
The Amazon ecommerce platform provides a great home business opportunity. Through it, you can sell and promote physical products, taking advantage of the system.
In this article, I’ll outline how you can run your business through the Fulfillment by Amazon Business. Study the Ecommence business on amazon infographic below and then scroll to the bottom and read the full article providing you with valuable content on the topic of ecommence business on amazon.
What is Fulfillment?
Fulfillment by Amazon is a business model that allows you to take advantage of Amazon’s supply network and customer base.
You won’t have to complete orders one at a time since Amazon will hold your products and even pack, and ship them to your customers.
It makes it easier for you to build your home business since you won’t have your hands tied up with logistics.
You also have the option to have your own labeling instead of Amazon’s, so you can increase brand awareness and online presence.
Amazon makes it simple to be an entrepreneur. You can act like a real business but without the hands-on and grueling work.
Basically, once you pick a product to sell, if it is available at an Amazon warehouses on the same continent they will take care of the rest.
How to Get Started with an Ecommence business on Amazon
To get your ecommerce on Amazon business started, you need to create an Amazon seller account to get your Fulfillment by Amazon.
When you create your seller account you can either sign up as an “individual” or a “professional”. An “individual” account is free and you can still grow a business using it.
However, if you’re serious about starting and building up an ecommerce account, go for a “professional” account. The first month is free, while after this period it costs $39.99 per month.
Other than choosing between an “individual” or “professional” account, the registration process is straightforward. Just follow the instructions on the screen.
How to Grow Your Ecommence business on Amazon Business
Private labeling is the most popular and one of the best ways to take advantage of Amazon’s network of products, supplies, and customers. The idea is to find a label and apply it to your product first, then promote it on Amazon.
The first and the most important step for you is to do a product research on Amazon. You want to sell a product in a popular category, analyze the competition, and examine product reviews. After doing your research, you must pick a product that you can sell as an improved model, at a more reasonable price, or even both. That would be ideal.
For short-term business, you have the option to buy brand new products and resell them on Amazon. However, if you’re really trying to make a profit it won’t work.
The other critical piece is your supplier. If you’re always out of stock or low, you can’t make money!
I wish you every success in running your home business from anywhere in the world and profiting from your Amazon home business.
A recommended educational resource on building a business with Amazon FBA is ImportXperts by the Digital Experts Academy – this is available at the Silver level and it forms a part of a whole suite of digital marketing and business training provided by the Academy – a free seven day video series is available at this link.
The Power of Blogging And A Lot More Here… A Blogging Overview… Why Should You Blog?.. The Benefits of Blogging… Mark Ford’s Blogging System… Sit Back and Enjoy The Ride!
The Power of Blogging
Hello and welcome to this power of blogging article.
My name is Mark Ford and I’ve been a home business owner for over 22 years now.
I’m a great believer in the power of blogging. Why…?
My home business blog has generated a lot of business for me, so to give back this blog post is designed to teach you everything you need to know about blogging.
The Power of Blogging – An Introduction
If you make time in your day to read through the whole article, and not just skim read, and then take action on what you learn you should come away from this with many takeaways and improved knowledge that you can implement into your home business.
What I share with you today will provide you with an overview of blogging and also answer many of the questions that I often get asked.
Then I’m going to look at why you should blog and what the benefits are, before finally revealing my system for blogging.
I’m also going to cover common hurdles that bloggers face and how to implement a successful blogging strategy quickly.
The Power of Blogging – Why should you blog?
As I have said blogging is very powerful and there are many reasons why you absolutely must have a blog.
Why Blog? – Here are some of the main reasons why you should blog:
1. With a blog, you lead with value before sales. This is immediately more attractive to people. Unlike paid advertising, where you’re paying for cold clicks and immediately trying to make money, blogging helps people first and sells second.
2. It’s free.
Again, unlike the majority of marketing and advertising strategies out there, a blog doesn’t have to cost a penny. It does, however, cost a lot of time in creating the articles and creativity is needed.
3. A blog helps create authority.
A blog is your space to make an impression on the world. It’s a place to promote your opinions on the most important issues in your industry.
4. Blogs improve the relationship with your audience.
Because you’re giving away free value, a blog post helps develop a relationship with a reader, something that’ll be important when you come to sell.
5. It helps build an email list.
A blog post is perhaps the best vehicle to grow your email list. And as popular opinion has it, an email list is still the optimal way to sell something.
What are the blogging benefits?
An article from Mark Ford, blogging coach
The power of blogging, let’s look at some of the benefits.
There are many reasons why blogging is an essential marketing strategy for any business, and not just a home business. Here are some of the big factors…
1. It will drive free search engine traffic through to your website.
2. Frequent updates get you noticed, both by fresh leads and by search engines.
3. But blogging is about more than that. Once you create several blog posts, you’ll start to transform the value of your website.
To that end, every blog post is like a brick in the wall. You’re building a house and each blog article has a part to play.
4. A good blog will do a variety of things, from sending people to videos to offering landing pages. It’s a versatile marketing technique.
5. Plus, a blog allows you to target a variety of different keywords. This will allow you to get ahead of the competition in a number of different areas.
6. And in what is quite an underrated blogging benefit, a blog post gives you the opportunity to expose the people behind your brand.
It’s vital that your audience knows, likes and trusts you, particularly if you’re giving away something that’s supposedly valuable. Your aim is to become the expert.
7. Blog content can be repurposed into a number of forms and mailed out to your subscriber list.
8. Others share your content and you earn backlinks, thus helping your rankings.
Ultimately, though, there is a key point about blogging that I must stress: a blog takes time to deliver results. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme. It doesn’t happen overnight.
Blogging is about creating a new set of habits that will reap dividends in the long run.
So long as you plan your blogging strategy and action it consistently, it will pay off.
The power of blogging … you need a blogging system
That’s the next step.
Because you’re bound to have a lot of fears… and that’s natural.
Perhaps you’re a bit of a technophobe.
Maybe you’re worried that no one will want to hear what you’ve got to say.
Worst than that, will internet trolls leave nasty comments?
Is blogging going to take up too much of your time?
Or you’re unsure how to actually get your blog to pay out.
Whatever it is, the system will ease those fears over time.
You will encounter problems, but as well as solving any issues, you must focus on delivering content around your passions.
Ultimately, no one ever said it was going to be easy. Fruitful? Yes. Easy? No.
If you want the financial freedom and laptop lifestyle that blogging can bring, you’re going to have to put in the hard yards initially.
There’s a lot to learn.
When you’re first getting started with blogging, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
When you blog, you’re faced with a bunch of different jobs:
responding to comments
And so on, and so on.
It might feel as though you won’t have the time to do all these things properly (particularly if you’ve got a family or you’re doing this alongside a full-time job).
So this blog article is designed to help you manage all this information, schedule your daily operation and plan your new habits.
The Power of Blogging Through Market Research
First of all, you’ve got to know who you are.
Why are you here? What are your goals? What do you offer? What are your passions?
After that, it’s time to look at your target audience.
What problems do they have?
What business solutions can you offer?
What product solutions do you have?
What marketing strategies will best help you communicate all of the above?
In an ideal world, you’ll be able to know all about your prospective audience. In no particular order, you will need to know:
Their marital status
How they work?
How they relax?
What’s important to them?
Why they need what you’re offering?
Where do they hangout online?
When you know the answers to the above, create a list of 100 keywords that would be relevant for your target audience.
Fill out a spreadsheet and order the keywords in terms of competition and monthly searches. Low competition to high competition.
Then search these terms yourself to see who is currently ranking in the top few spots. That will enable you to understand the sorts of topics that are currently working well for your audience. In addition, you can also try guest blogging on some of these high-ranking sites. That will immediately put you in front of your audience, plus it will land you a backlink to your site.
You can use the Google Keyword Planner or software, but from a learning perspective when I started out I preferred to do it manually. Follow this process:
Step 1: Open up Google
Step 2: Enter your keyword.
Note: Be sure to include “ speech marks” around it, so that you’re only pulling up results for that exact keyword phrase.
Step 3: Look at the number of search results returned. Look for a keyword that returns a lot of results, but not too many. Aim for 30-50,000 results. This represents the content that you are going up against with your article.
Step 4: Does Google Keyword Planner show there is actually monthly searches (traffic) running to that keyword phrase?
Step 5: Yes, add the keyword to your list and build a list of 100 words.
Blogging Tip! – As an additional way to source keywords, open up YouTube and enter one of your keywords.
Bring up a high-ranking video and watch it to get a feel for the content. Then right-click on the video and click on ‘view source code’.
Once that’s visible, you’ll be able to see all the keywords that the video owner used to tag the video asset in question.
Of course, you can enter all the keywords you find into your spreadsheet, but be sure to categorize them accordingly.
So, for any keywords that return less than 30,000 results, label these as low competition keywords.
For results that return between 30 and 100,000 results, label them as mid-range keywords.
For anything that returns over 100,000 results, label them as high-range keywords.
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The next blogging job…
Right, we know have a list of keywords.
The next task is look at how many people are actually searching for these keywords.
We want to prioritise our low competition keywords and put the words that get the most searches at the top.
Step 1: Open up the Google Keyword Planner
Step 2: Enter your keyword
Step 3: Adjust the settings so that you’re only analysing English-speaking countries.
Step 4: Adjust the time setting according to the time frame you want to analyse.
Step 5: When you see the results, click on ‘Average monthly searches’ so that the results are ordered from highest to lowest searches.
Step 6: Change the ordering of your list once you have a wider picture of how many searches a keyword gets, how many websites have a piece of content on the keyword and what the level of competition is.
Setting up your keyword list should give you plenty of ideas on what to blog about. However, there are a lot of blog articles out there, so you need to stand out from the crowd. Your articles have to be entertaining, inspirational, educational, informative and engaging. Basically, you have to be better than everyone else.
Initially, I would recommend having a document where you can just dump all your ideas (the good ones and the bad).
I do this myself. I do some market research and find out the problems that my demographic is experiencing. Then I brainstorm some potential ideas.
If you hit the red button below I have created for you a free “what to blog about” giftsetting out various topics on what to blog about. That said, don’t forget to blog about you, your story and how you have dealt with challenges in your life and what brings you to build a business from home in 2018 and beyond!
You. It sounds simple, but many people outsource their content creation. That might be a good idea in the future, but in the beginning, you need to do it yourself.
If you are considering outsourcing any content, I’d recommend checking out TextBroker.
As an alternative option, you could leverage private label rights (PLR).
This is when you buy the rights to a particular piece of content, giving you the chance (and legal ability) to re-purpose something that already exists.
Of course, it may also be beneficial to allow someone to guest blog on your website. Or, you can source some popular blogs in your niche, contact the website owner and try to secure a regular spot on their site.
The great thing about guest blogging is that you’re essentially borrowing someone else’s audience. At the bottom of your guest posts, you can include a short piece of copy about who you are. And you can point them back to your website.
Helpfully, there are websites that have compiled listings of blogs that accept guest posts:
The title of the blog post has an H1 tag including your keyword.
The secondary title of the blog post has an H2 tag including your keyword. This should be appealing on the eye to the reader to stop them in their tracks, where they want to read the article/blog post. Scroll to the top of this blog post for an example and see the H2 title I have included with the keyword “The Power of Blogging”.
The sub-titles in the content itself have an H3 tag including your keyword.
The keyword you’re targeting should be in the first sentence.
In the first paragraph, put the keyword you’re targeting in bold and italics somewhere else in the copy.
A blog post is made more effective with images, but when you’re including images, put the keyword in the caption and in the alt tag.
I’d encourage you to link out to other authoritative websites through your keyword, since this is good for SEO.
This linkage should be to other relevant articles on your own website and to a third party highly ranked website. What does this mean Mark Ford?
Well, this particular blog post is about the power of blogging so I have linked through the power of blogging keyword to other blog articles that I have on this home business blog, and I have linked out to a top ten rated website on the power of blogging. Click through to see what I mean.
You may also wish to link out through the keyword to a top rated YouTube video that adds value to your post. Where the owner of the video has allowed you to embed the video into your content through embed code, you can do so.
Here is an example on the power of blogging from….
Awesomely Able: The Power of Blogging, Writing, and Social Media | Luvvie Ajayi | TEDxRoadTown
The Blog Structure Continued:
From time to time add value to your post with a video.
Always include a call-to-action (CTA) at the bottom of each post.
And finally, I’d always recommend signing off your blog post in a consistent way, with a brief bio about who you are. Make sure this bio includes all relevant links, such as social media profiles, sales pages and landing pages.
The Power of Blogging – Syndication checklist – Not exhaustive!!!
Of course, when you’ve finished writing your blog post, the hard work is just beginning.
That’s because you need to promote your post in a variety of ways in order to get the most mileage out of your efforts.
Here is a checklist of syndication jobs:
To begin with, head to bizsugar.com and submit the URL of your blog post.
You also need to submit your post to Google. Log into Google Webmaster Tools, enter the URL of your latest article and click on ‘fetch’. This tells Google that you’ve written a new piece for them to index.
Publish a link to your post on Google Plus.
Go to pingomatic.com and ping your post to all the directories out there.
Publish a link to your post on the usual social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc.
Ensure that you’re making it easy for people to share your post by having share icons on your site.
Note: this is only a small sample of what you can do to syndicate (distribute) your content around the internet. It is in no way an exhaustive list and you will need to create your own syndication system and be consistent in following it.
In doing so you are not then purely relying on the search engines picking up your content and ranking it. You are also working to get more eyes on your content by doing this. If you are not doing this then you are limiting your audience. Period!
Blogging Q & A
1. What free marketing strategies can you recommend?
The answer has no ending. Free marketing strategies are only limited by your own level of creativity and willingness to think outside the box.
Here is one example…
When someone opts into your list from a landing page, you can do a search for them on Facebook and find their profile. Once you’ve found their profile, you can request to be a friend, contact them and start a conversation. Thank them for opting into your list and position yourself with them in a helpful way to answer any questions they may have.
Some people will ignore you, some will say no and some will say yes. The point is, you’re being proactive. You have to talk to your leads. They’re not going to come to you.
2. How long is a good blog post?
A good blog post used to be about 400-700 words. These days, Google is looking to rank valuable content with at least 1,000 to 1,500 words.
3. What strategy do I need if I have no subscribers?
It’s common to start with nothing. There are a number of techniques for discovering great post ideas. But ultimately, at the start, you need to work out who you are and what the value of your story is. Once you’re aware of that and you know who your audience is, you can understand what their problems are.
After that, it’s just a case of solving their problems, writing about it and then syndicating that content.
4. If I’ve got different areas to blog about, should I put them on different wbesites?
Yes, it’s a good idea to create mini sites for different products and different audiences.
Structure your content so that it’s relevant for your particular audience. If some of your content doesn’t fit with a certain demographic, then it’s not going to work.
5. What is blog syndication?
It’s the process of letting people know about your content, such as via social media for example.
6. What are the main questions you get when you speak to new leads?
It depends on the person’s level of experience. You could be talking to an experienced marketer who just has a handful of specific questions.
Alternatively, you could be speaking to a total beginner who wants to move out of the corporate world and get into blogging as a marketing strategy. This kind of person might not even have a question – they might not know what they want.
In that situation, you just ask them questions and start to learn about their problems.
When you’re more familiar with them, you can tell them about yourself and how you can help them.
How long does it take for blogging to pay off?
It completely depends on a number of variables. It can be a matter of weeks or months, depending on what your market is, which keywords you’re targeting and, of course, your ability to execute the system.
Blogging results will be different for everyone. And… it is very true that blogging works and also doesn’t work. That depends on whether you consistently work and follow a blogging system and not just do a part of it.
What are H1, H2 and H3 tags?
The H stands for heading. In your content management system (CMS) there will be an option to change a highlighted word or phrase into one of these styles.
And that’s what we’re talking about – a style format.
I wish you every success in running your home business from anywhere in the world and profiting from your blog marketing strategy.