I want to share something with you. Starting my own business was scary — REALLY scary (but also exciting)!! When I decided to leave my legal career behind and start my first business 13 years ago, all I had was an idea (or several all at once but was unsure where to start), and a load of self-determination to actually try being a business owner.

difficultThe hard truth is… your first 3-5 years in business are typically the most challenging and the time when many amazing people simply give up. Many new business owners experience some, or ALL, of the following entrepreneurial fears:

  • “I have an idea but don’t know where to start”, or
  • “How do I even set up a proper/legal business structure?” or
  • “I’ve started my business but I’m spinning my wheels, feel frustrated and I’m losing money… I need to get a ‘real’ job…” or
  • “You know what… this is just too much for me, I’m not cut out to be my own boss.”

Well, I’m happy to tell you: First, you’re not alone, and second, you can absolutely get through the first 3-5 years and thrive with the right business guidance, information, planning, support and mindset. With expert support and training, you can create the success you envision and so much more.

be_the_star_of_your_lifeTo that end, I’m thrilled to announce the first LMGU “Self-Study” course that you can take at your own pace! The Successfully Self-Employed Semester is now an on-demand training program for newer business owners or anyone that is serious about starting a new business. This course offers all the required skills, knowledge and guidance for the newer entrepreneur/business owner (or an experienced business owner that wants to go back to basics or plug some missing holes in your business!).

So many people contacted me to say that they really need this entrepreneurial training program, but can’t take it at the exact time I offer it live. Therefore, by popular demand, SSES has been converted to a self-paced, on-demand, home study course.

And the entire program is affordable — only $499 — enabling you to get the training you need for your business without breaking the bank! (If you’re a member of NAPO or an LMGU Alumni, contact me for a special discount).

The SSES Self Study Program consists of 10 modules of audio recordings and handouts that are yours as soon as you purchase. You learn on your own time from the comfort of your home or office.

Topics covered will include:

  • Businesss Ownership
  • Business Identity and Branding
  • Legal Structure and Issues
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Networking and Public Relations
  • Sales, Pricing and Money Issues
  • Blueprinting Your Business Operations

Campus doors are open! Stop spinning your wheels to figure everything out yourself. Get the help you need to set up or grow your business so that you can be Successfully Self Employed.

To Your Success!

Many of you are probably already members of Facebook, the ever-growing, very popular social media site. By “member,” I mean that you have a personal profile. Millions of people do.

But how many know that businesses can create Facebook pages, which are called fan pages? The main difference is that a profile is personal and, therefore, linked to an individual person, while a fan page is linked to a business or organization. Another major difference is that profiles can only be entirely viewed by people that you “friend,” while fan pages are completely open to anyone on the web.

Why create a fan page for your business or organization? Fan pages are a great way for a business to get online exposure, keep in touch with clients, reach prospects, establish credibility, offer specials, etc. In other words, to develop the KLT (Know, Like & Trust) factor that is so important in doing business today. Fan pages can also increase your search engine optimization (SEO) online and drive traffic to your website or blog.

I created a Facebook fan page for my business, LM Organizing Solutions, LLC. You can visit my fan page at www.facebook.com/
LMOrganizingSolutions
. I plan to offer organizing tips, advice, inspiration and motivation! I also plan to “reward” my fans by offering special deals that only they are privy to, such as audio recordings available to fans only, discounts on products and services, periodic giveaways, etc. In addition, I plan to “use” my fans wisely by asking them pointed questions about their favorite organizing products, as well as their ideas for future blog posts, teleclasses, and article topics. It will be a wonderful, two-way relationship! Best yet, we can stay in touch on a daily basis and it is totally interactive!

So head on over to Facebook, check out the LMOS Fan Page, and click on the box on top that says “Become a Fan.” I promise you will be pleased you did so!

Copyright © 2009 Lisa Montanaro of LM Organizing Solutions, LLC.

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Copyright 2009. Lisa Montanaro is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and operate productive and profitable businesses. Lisa publishes the monthly “DECIDE® to be Organized” e-zine for success-minded individuals, and “Next Level Business Success” e-zine for entrepreneurs. Subscribe today at www.LMOrganizingSolutions.com. Lisa is the author of The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life, published by Peter Pauper Press. Lisa also publishes the DECIDE® to be Organized blog at www.DecideToBeOrganized.com. Through her work, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth. To explore how Lisa can help take your business to the next level, contact Lisa at (845) 988-0183 or by e-mail at Lisa@LMOrganizingSolutions.com.

I know that not everyone can attend a live workshop or hire me to work one-on-one. Therefore, I am pleased to offer yet another way to access my expertise — audio programs! Audio programs are very accessible (available in CD or MP3 formats), a great value ($19.99-$75.00 depending on the program), and an excellent way for busy professionals and success-oriented individuals to learn.

Audio programs are a wonderful alternative to attending a live organizing workshop or working with me one-to-one. Audio programs are ideal for people that want to listen and learn in the comfort of their own home or office. I currently offer 8 programs that range from organizing and time management to goal setting and business success. For a complete list of audio programs, check the audio/video page of the Products section of my website.

Are you thinking of becoming a professional organizer? Are you unsure what it takes to put the professional into organizing?  Check out my new audio program, Branch Out: Adding Organizing Services to a Redesign/Staging Business.

 

Recorded live at the 2009 IRIS Conference in Denver, this 3 hour audio presentation delivers great results. Although presented to redesigners and home stagers, this presentation is also perfect for new or budding organizers looking to start or grow an organizing business!

 

In this 3 hour presentation, I teach you the basic principles of organizing, share tried-and-true systems, and unveil tips and tools of the trade. You will be able to create an action plan for launching organizing services, as well as concrete solutions to room-by-room organizing challenges.

 

Bonus! Includes comprehensive Power Point guide in PDF format, and a free monthly subscription to the Next Level Business Success E-zine for professional organizers and entrepreneurs.

So many people share that their biggest organizing challenge is paper.  Earlier this year, I gave a teleclass called Record Retention 101: Organize Your Paperwork.  It was well attended and has been one of the most sought-after recordings.  If you are having problems with paper, read on for the details. 

You are not sure what to keep, so you keep, well . . . everything! This creates piles of paper and shoe boxes full of receipts. Does this sound familiar? There is a better way! 

In this 75 minute teleclass, Certified Professional Organizer Lisa Montanaro reveals the steps involved in setting up a Record Retention Policy for your home or home-based business. Discover what to keep and for how long, and learn paper management systems to store and retrieve documents for future use.  Get tips on what papers are needed to support tax deductions.  Whether you use an accountant, do your taxes yourself from scratch, or use tax preparation software, this teleclass will help you slay the paper beast for tax season and the whole year through.

Investment: $25 – Bonus! Includes a comprehensive handout and a free subscription to the DECIDE to be Organized monthly ezine.

Click here to go to the order page!