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Are You Ready to

 …kick your business into high gear?

…create the business model you’ve been striving for?

…stop working so hard and, instead, work smarter?

…charge what you’re worth, and reach the levels of income you’ve dreamed of?

If you answered YES, then the Kick Butt Business Bootcamp is for you!

businessbootcampIn order to have a thriving and successful business, you need to be strategic. You don’t have to do everything. You have to do the right things for your business!

Stop chasing silver bullets. There’s no shortcut to creating revenue and building your business. Before you start trying “everything” and chasing bright shiny objects, slow down and think through your strategy. A tactic that’s perfect for one business owner might be the wrong move for you. Do what will work for you, based on your value proposition and your target market. Leverage your strengths and don’t waste time with ideas that simply don’t fit your business model.

Comments from a Live Bootcamp Attendee:

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“I’ve attended many business building seminars, teleclasses and workshops, and Kick Butt Business Boot camp was definitely one of the best! Lisa helped me to define some of the critical areas of my business that needed to be addressed and I left the boot camp with the tools I needed to succeed. Lisa’s business boot camps should be a requirement for all small business owners, whether they are new in business or a veteran! Thanks, Lisa!”

~ Jacquie Ross, CLC, CYPFC , Certified Life & Family Coach and Professional Organizer, Maryland SBA Award Winner

 

The Kick-Butt Business Bootcamp Home Study Program will help you create a plan designed to implement strategic business growth by focusing on three key elements: where your business is now, where you want to take it, and how you will get it there. Get ready to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your business, and identify the opportunities and how to act on them.

This program will provide the know-how, while also forcing you to take a cold hard look at your business, dissect it, and put it back together strategically so that it is better and stronger! If you want results and are ready to dig in and kick your business’ butt, then this is for you!

If you’re serious about creating a thriving, profitable business, the information you’ll learn in this one program will alter the course of your business forever.

You’re going to get off the merry-go-round of trying to figure things out, and get into action.

In this Kick Butt Business Bootcamp program, you will learn how to:
  • make_a_planCreate a strategic plan for growing operations
  • Determine the right business model for you
  • Determine your Unique Selling Proposition
  • Identify your Target Market and Ideal Client, and how to market to reach them
  • Be perceived as an expert in your area
  • Delegate and outsource to employees or subcontractors (including assistants, virtual assistants, etc.)
  • Create your Profit Pyramid
  • Create multiple streams of income, leverage and repurpose your content, expand your delivery methods, offer options at multiple price points, create packages and value-based pricing, and give clients a menu or suite of services
  • Develop Strategic Partnerships and engage in Joint Ventures
  • Establish a Board of Advisors
  • Draft an Operations Manual
  • Focus on your unique areas of brilliance within your business
  • Learn how to work on your business, not just in it
This program will include:
  • 3 ½ hour audio recording of the program (previously recorded from a live presentation)
  • PowerPoint slides for the whole presentation
  • Handout/Interactive Note-Taking Guide (Word document)

Are you ready to kick butt and finally create the business you were meant to? Then sign up below!

$129 ($99 promotional rate)

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Add on Private Coaching with Lisa to really ramp up and apply what you’ve learned in the Bootcamp…. $300 for a 2-hour private session (regular rate = $400)

About Lisa

Lisa MontanaroLisa Montanaro is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses.

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. Through her work, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth.

Often referred to as a pint-sized power house, Lisa Montanaro is living proof that good things really do come in small packages! Drawing upon her experience as a performer, educator, mediator, and lawyer, Lisa founded LM Organizing Solutions, LLC® in 2002, and then expanded her brand to Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises in 2012 to fully capture the holistic approach her work takes in improving personal and professional development at all levels.

A sought-after business expert due to her background as an attorney, mediator, and trainer of entrepreneurs, Lisa offers business coaching/consulting to professional organizers. Part consultant, part coach — Lisa asks probing questions helping you to dig deep, but also gives expert advice, guiding you to the answers you seek. The key is to help you focus on what you need in order to build your business, protect yourself, and enjoy your work!

Will We Work Well Together?

Does this Describe You?

  • You need help discovering and developing your passions and want to be empowered to guide yourself to a happier, more fulfilling life.
  • You want to jump ship from your J-O-B and start your own business, but are overwhelmed with what to do and how to begin.
  • You need methods and strategies to help you succeed as an entrepreneur or small business owner.
  • You are a busy professional who wants to develop your natural leadership skills, harness your potential, and establish your own best practices to maximize career satisfaction and lead a more balanced life.
  • You are the CEO or owner of a company and want help in managing your team, motivating your employees, and being an inspired leader.
  • You are in the midst of a career transition and could use help to find and obtain your dream job.

If any of the above describes you, welcome!

The coaching process is a deep, personal journey (yes, even if it is business coaching… I like to say that being an entrepreneur has been one of the most profound personal experiences so far in my life), so it is important to make sure that we are a good match.

I tend to work best with high-performing individuals who have great ideas, but need someone to help funnel those ideas into action. My ideal client is an implementer — someone that wants results and is ready, willing, and able to work for them because he or she knows that it is worth it.

I coach and consult with individuals in one-on-one and group formats (with a special emphasis on entrepreneurs in general, and professional organizers in particular, as that was my focus in the beginning years of my business), as well as with corporations and organizations (with a special emphasis on law firms, law schools, and colleges and universities, due to my background as an attorney and higher education administrator), to help each individual and each organization find balance, success and joy at home, in business, and in life.

My Ideal Client

My Ideal Client is someone who…

  • is excited about coaching and is eager to engage in the process;
  • is a high-functioning, high-performing, and/or high-achieving individual;
  • has a vision and is committed to bringing that to life;
  • believes in his or her work;
  • approaches life with an open mind and a positive attitude;
  • shows up on time, calls on time, and does their “homework” assignments;
  • is eager to try out creative ideas, practice new techniques, explore and dig deep;
  • is willing to laugh at yourself and hear the truth.

If this is you, you’re in for an amazing ride and I can’t wait to get my hands on you!

Types of Clients That I Have Worked With

My diverse client base includes CEOs and CFOs of large corporations, self-employed entrepreneurs, stay-at-home parents, junior executives and young professionals, and everything in between. I provide dynamic career, life, and business guidance to help each individual reach his or her highest goals and dreams both professionally and personally.

What binds my clients together is their willingness to change and take action, and their ability to see that they want to do so with expert help and guidance, accountability, and someone that is truly on their team. 

Lawyers & Legal Services Professionals
Professional Organizers
Entrepreneurs
Coaches
Therapists
Interior Designers
Speakers
Politicians
CEOs
CFOs
Professors
Higher Education Administrators
Financial Services Professionals
Accountants
Artists & Musicians
Writers
Virtual Assistants & Online Business Managers

Visit the Client Raves and Results page to read the satisfaction and results my clients achieve from working with me in their own words.

My Philosophy

Working with me is a personalized experience like no other you’ll find. I promise.

I am passionate about helping others be more successful. My energy is contagious. It is MY purpose to ignite a fire within you so you are able to live out YOUR life’s purpose.

Combining my rich and diverse background as a mediator, lawyer, educator, performer, and successful business-owner, I am able to provide guidance across a wide platform of topics using many different modalities. I honed the ability to get to the core of an issue during my years as a lawyer. I use an artful combination of analytical skills and intuition to help my clients focus, grow, and take action.

I offer confidential coaching and consulting services across all levels of personal and professional effectiveness and development.

Part consultant, part coach — I ask probing questions designed to help you dig deep, but also give expert advice, guiding you to the answers you seek. I am skillful at guiding clients to successful results through motivation and encouragement, but without judgment. I offer an opportunity to brainstorm AND problem-solve, in a safe and supportive environment, BUT will also give you a (gentle) kick-in-the-pants when you need it! Thus, my clients lovingly refer to me as a Kick-Butt Coach! 🙂

I take a holistic approach to coaching. We work on a combination of internal AND external. My process with clients is like a laser beam to help you blast through issues holding you back, come up with a solid plan, and give you the tools to implement, so you can experience a huge shift. Thus, you experience the mind-set shifts that are so necessary to believing in and achieving success, but also receive solid know-how to help you take real action! From “big picture” to the small details, my 360 degree approach is what sets me apart.

Confidentiality & Ethics

Any good coach knows that what happens in a coaching session stays in a coaching session. Period. As a former practicing lawyer, I am extremely familiar with the concept of confidentiality and take it very seriously. My clients share their dreams, wishes and desires with me, as well as business plans, trade secrets, employee disputes and other valuable and vulnerable information. I hold all of these confidences in trust, and consider it a privilege and honor to be confided in with such sensitive information. Confidentiality is covered in, and protected by, my Coaching Agreement, which is signed by me and all of my clients. Any testimonials or references you see on this site have been freely given, with express permission, by my clients. I only release whether an individual or organization is even a client with consent. Thus, until or unless you say otherwise, mums the word!

I also hold myself up to the highest ethical standards, and abide by the ethical codes of many associations and professions that I belong to. In fact, I speak, coach and train on how to abide by codes of ethics, and handle ethical dilemmas. I do this because I think the topic of ethics is fascinating, confusing, and very, very important for the credibility of an industry, profession or association. I also recognize that the best way to stay abreast of a topic is to not only live it on a daily basis, and conduct my required continuing education, but also to teach it. In teaching a subject, we truly can master it.

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 11 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.

The 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.

lmgu-lisaWhat has always been heartbreaking for me is to watch how many fellow entrepreneurs give up too soon because they never find the solid information, training and support they need to succeed at an affordable level. That’s why I’ve created LMG University (or as we affectionately call it, LMGU), an online business and personal development training campus, to support all entrepreneurs and small business owners in achieving maximum success (and non-business owners too — stay tuned for future programs that are not targeted at a business owner, like career and professional development, and life coaching).

PLUS, I’m thrilled to announce the first LMGU course starting on September 5, 2013, Successfully Self-Employed Semester w/Lisa! (with more programs/courses coming Fall 2013 and Winter 2014). This 3-month course was designed with the newer entrepreneur/business owner in mind — to move through those first 3-5 years successfully!

The Successfully Self-Employed Semester is a teleclass-based 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. Topics covered will include: business identity and branding, legal structure and issues, marketing, networking and public relations, sales, pricing and money issues, and operations. PLUS, as your “Professor,” I’ll be with you the entire time, teaching and guiding you. Visit the campus today where you can get all the details for the semester.

be_the_star_of_your_lifeA little bit more about LMGU. Naturally this is not a real University, but it’s my fun and comprehensive version of a business and personal development training campus designed just for you. I’m so incredibly excited to share LMGU and this first “Bachelor’s” level 3-Month Successfully Self-Employed Semester with you as it’s my way of being able to support more people to create their own version of business and personal success, fulfillment, and balance.

To register and learn more about the Successfully Self-Employed Semester Bachelors program starting on September 5, 2013, as well as LMGU, hop on over to take a campus tour!!

Campus doors are open, and until August 19th, 2013 at midnight Eastern Time, you can enjoy special admission pricing (and even choose a two-pay installment option to make it easier for you to join me). And if you know someone that may be interested in or benefit from the Successfully Self Employed Semester, please share this with them. Thanks!

I’ll see you in class –

Warmly,

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Successfully Self-Employed Semester
Self-Study Course

A 10-Module On-Demand Program for Newer/Emerging Entrepreneurs or Those That Want to Get Back to Basics!

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Want to start a business but are overwhelmed
with all that it entails?

Have a new business but don’t know how to fully get it off
the ground and running like a well oiled machine?

Been in business a few years but realize that you need help
with foundational basics like operations, branding,
marketing, and pricing?

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​​You are in luck! Welcome to the Successfully Self Employed Semester Self-Study Course!

The Successfully Self Employed Semester is a self-paced 10-module training program to help newer/emerging entrepreneurs with foundational business skills to build your confidence, structure, operations and effectiveness as a business owner. It’s perfect for newer business owners, anyone that is serious about starting a new business, or someone that’s been in business for years but needs to go back to basics.

Topics include: business identity and branding, legal structure and issues, marketing, networking and public relations, sales, pricing and money issues, and operations. It’s a powerful program offered at a fraction of the cost of doing private business coaching.

​​Why should you choose “Successfully Self-Employed” as your go-to business training program?

  • The training is offered as an on-demand self-study course, so no matter where you live or when you are available, this program is flexible and accessible to you!
  • Unlike live business training opportunities, there will be no additional costs for travel or hotels.
  • Your education extends over 10 modules allowing you time to learn, engage the materials, implement, test out your knowledge, and make your learning last far beyond the end of the semester.

IMG_0192​This program will provide you with the knowledge, confidence, and preparation necessary to be able to succeed as an entrepreneur. SSES is a 10-module virtual training program designed to focus on your business growth and success.




The Successfully Self-Employed Semester is perfect for you if:

  • You’ve got a new (or soon to be launched) business.
  • You need help identifying and choosing what business model is best for you, and what your business identity or brand is.
  • You’re interested in shortening the learning curve on complex legal and financial issues, and price your business offerings in a way that makes your business profitable.
  • You want to create a marketing plan that you can launch and be excited about.
  • You want to know how to better market your business online and offline.
  • You’re serious about creating a successful business and are ready to do the work to make that a reality!


What’s Included in the Successfully Self Employed Semester

    • 10 Modules – In these content-packed modules (MP3 audio recordings of the live version of this program), you will learn the skills, tools and knowledge base required to succeed as an entrepreneur.
    • Course materials – Including worksheets, templates, articles, outlines, exercises, checklists, and other supportive materials to help facilitate the learning process and drive home what you are learning.

Curriculum

Module 1: Introduction
  • ​Overview of course
  • ​Background of “Professor” as an entrepreneur
  • ​Review housekeeping items
Module 2: Business Ownership
  • The Advantages and Disadvantages of Self Employment
  • Common Causes of Business Failure
  • The Entrepreneurial Curse
  • The Three Hats of a Small Business Owner
Module 3: Business Identity & Branding
  • The Brand Called You
  • Identifying your target market and ideal client
  • Identifying your USP (unique selling proposition)
  • Choosing business name, slogan, tag line, etc.
  • Personal vs. Corporate Brand
Module 4: All Things Legal
  • Learn about the different legal entities for a business
  • Considerations of the structure of a business as it relates to liability, employees, size, industry standards, insurance, taxes, etc.
  • Agreements to protect your business
Module 5: Show Me the Money
  • Pricing/Fee Structure
  • How to set your fees to ensure profitability
  • Hourly based vs project/flat rate fees
  • How to create packages
  • Share fees with public, or hold back until prospect calls?
  • How to cross-sell and upsell clients to other business offerings
Module 6: Integrative Marketing and Communications
  • Learn how to create an internet presence for your business, and how to use the internet to market your business to the world
  • Traditional and online marketing strategies designed to market and grow your business
  • Create a marketing plan
  • Using social media, blogs and article marketing to establish credibility and expertise
Module 7: Networking & Public Relations
  • Learn how to partner with other businesses to grow your referral network and become power partners to serve target markets
  • Crafting a clever and creative elevator pitch
  • Learn how to create a press kit, and write an effective press release
  • Using reporter list serves
Module 8: The Sales Process
  • Dealing with Prospects/Overcoming Objections/Closing the Deal
  • Effective telephone and in-person consultations (how to avoid giving away the kitchen sink)
  • Dealing with and following-up with prospects
  • Overcoming typical sales objections
  • How to close the sales cycle
Module 9: Blueprinting Your Business: Business Operations
  • Developing policies and procedures
  • Creating an Operations Manual
  • Outsourcing and delegating
  • Team members: Independent contractors vs. Employees
Module 10: Course Wrap Up
  • ​Putting all of the pieces together
  • Taking action
  • Staying accountable
  • Parting thoughts




Special Bonuses

PLUS, immediate access to (this is already waiting for you once you register!):

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Lisa’s audio program, “Lessons Learned: 5 Lessons I Wish I Had Known When Building My Business
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Lisa’s audio program, “Decision Making as a Means to Living a Satisfying Life & Enjoying a Successful Business

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Private Coaching Upgrade available upon check out.

If you have any questions, email lisa@lisamontanaro.com

upgradeWant More One-on-One Access? Check out the Optional Upgrade: “Triple-Play” Individual Sessions with your Professor. If you need more targeted help, or want me to review your business ideas and materials, you have the option of upgrading and adding on a 3-session bundle at the special rate of only $499 (a $100 savings as a single Individual Session with me is regularly $200-3 sessions would regularly cost $600). LMGU is only offering this special upgrade offer in conjunction with this program – you will not be able to book this in any other way. This option is only available to you for up to 3 months after you purchase the SSES Home Study program.



A personal note from Lisa

​My goal is that you walk away from the Successfully Self Employed Semester Self-Study Course having gained knowledge AND application/implementation. I think you’ll agree that’s a terrific and important investment of your time and business capital. I stand behind the value that you will receive in this course. I know without a doubt that this is a small financial investment that you will recoup in future business sales and success – and the time it will save you from learning this on your own or through trial and error. Offering this program in a self-paced on-demand format is what allows me to keep the price at this level.

You might be wondering what makes me qualified to teach you this program.

If you know anything about my approach to business strategy, it is most definitely NOT a fill-in-the-blank, blueprint approach. It IS about building a business that is custom designed for you and your ideal clients.

I’ve built my business online and offline for 12 years (following a 9+ year successful, but eventually unsatisfying, career in law). I happen to think the combination of online and offline is very important in a business training program like this. Why? Because if you learn from someone that has only ever had an online business, he or she may not be in the best “been-there-done-that” position to advise you on offline business success. Many of my clients have what you would call a traditional business (i.e., not just virtual or online!). And many online businesses started by servicing in-person clients, whether they are a service based business or sell a tangible product.

I deliberately built my business with a hybrid consulting and coaching model, virtual and traditional, because I wanted to take advantage of the opportunities that technology provides entrepreneurs today to live anywhere in the world that I choose, but also wanted to be with people face-to-face and connect in the flesh when we could. I’ve designed my business to be flexible – I can choose what consulting projects and speaking engagements I take on (which typically involve travel, or at least, leaving my home office), and I can schedule the rest.

​The point is – my business model may not be your best business model. So instead of telling you there is only one model, or giving you a blueprint to follow, my approach is to show you the many options available, and facilitate the process that allows you to make the decision that is the best fit for your life and business goals. This is how I work with my private clients, and this is what you’ll experience when you do the “Successfully Self-Employed Semester Self-Study Course.”

What clients say they value most about working with me is my depth of knowledge, applied in a straight forward manner that delivers thoughtful and practical advice, and breaks down complex or confusing business topics into an easy to understand format.

Lisa is multi-talented but what I really like about her is her approachability. Lisa knows how to answer the tough questions while making sure you truly understand the answers.” ~ Angela Ploetz of A Red Bench

This is why I call myself a Success Coach and Business Strategist. I am not your typical Business Coach or Business Consultant. It is my mission to make sure that anyone that wants to be a business owner knows what that really means, whether it is the right path for them, and how to do it successfully.

I once heard an expert say “No ship sinks on my watch” and that’s exactly how I feel about you and your business success!

Warmly ~

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IMG_0141“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand upon, or you will be taught how to fly.” ~ Patrick Overton

Let LMGU help teach you how to fly!



Testimonials

“Wow! Where do I begin when it comes to sharing about the bottom line impact that the Successfully Self Employed Semester offered by LMG University has had on my business, goals and perspective?! Some of the value I received in participating in this 12 week program was knowing that I’m going to save a ton of time and money implementing what I learned, versus stumbling around on my own trying to figure it out. During SSES, we thoroughly discussed the crucial topics needed to be a successful business owner. Due to Lisa’s exceptional expertise, as well as the camaraderie and team spirit of the participants, I accomplished several goals and tasks promptly and efficiently while learning how to increase my sales, legally protect, and automate my business. Belonging to a group of entrepreneurs who come with their unique backgrounds and experiences complimented by Lisa’s invaluable knowledge and business savvy, we were able to walk through personal and professional fears, and gain broader perspectives around what may be going on behind the scenes. We addressed some of the deeper issues holding us and our businesses back. What a gift to receive on-the-spot input, ideas and constructive feedback regarding my elevator speech, marketing materials, legal business status, and so much more. If you’re looking for a program that will show you how to maximize results and profits over the long haul, I highly recommend Lisa Montanaro’s Successfully Self Employed Semester.” ~ Natasha Rickert, www.EnergytoOrganize.com

“Lisa, I so enjoy the women’s entrepreneur mastermind group sessions that you facilitate. You share with us very practical and useful information that we can apply to our businesses and our personal lives. You provide the right balance between sharing and allowing us to reflect, ask questions, and comment. Also, thank you for being transparent, and sharing your successes and challenges that you have encountered in your business. This is both refreshing and gives us encouragement. Lastly, the handouts are great! Thank you for sharing some of the tools you use in your business. Not everyone would do this! I’m eagerly looking forward to the next sessions!” ~ Migdalia, Educational Consultant and Coach, Westchester County, NY

Christine-Sinclair“What a fantastic ​Women’s Enterprise Development Center Mastermind Class last night! I always get so much from your classes, but this last class blew my socks off. Everyone was changed last night. We all stayed after you left and talked about what happened for quite a while afterwards. I’m so sorry to see the classes coming to a close. Thanks so much for everything.” ~ Christine Sinclair

MaryStephaniePasqualetto“I have Lisa now as a mentor and coach for a women entrepreneur mastermind program that I am doing . . . And it is truly the best experience I have ever had.” ~ Mary Stephanie Pasqualetto

MichelleOSullivan“Taking the “DECIDE to be Organized” 6-week group coaching program with Lisa Montanaro was a business and personal decision that has been so motivating and empowering! It has changed me in so many positive ways. I am also a Professional Organizer and help others all the time with their organizing dilemmas. I took the DECIDE program to help myself, and learn from Lisa both personally and professionally. Over the six weeks, I had a sense of direction and was able to focus more on the areas that needed help, as I felt accountable. The weekly calls were a time to share and get feedback from the other participants, and for Lisa to share her knowledge and expertise. Lisa was so understanding and encouraging, and had a way of inspiring each of us to be better. I learned so much from this program and would recommend it to anyone who knows they want to make changes, and just needs some help to get there!” ~ Michelle O’Sullivan, Saving Spaces, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

melindaemersonJoin me on May 29th at 8pm EST as I am interviewed by Melinda Emerson in her Small Biz Chat Twitter Show. We’ll be discussing one of my favorite topics, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Big Bad Law: Using the Law as a Protective Shield for Your Business.”

We’ll talk about issues that every business owner needs to be aware of such as:

  • The reality of lawsuits for the small business owner.
  • What a small business owner can do to create a shield through business structure.
  • Written agreements
  • What small business owners should do to protect themselves when hiring or retaining help.
  • Investing in business owner’s insurance.
  • Classifying team members in your business as employees or independent contractors.
  • Handling funds.
  • Protecting your intellectual property.
  • And how an attorney – and other resources can help you protect your business.

You can participate in #SmallBizChat: http://bit.ly/S797e; try our prepared @Tweetgrid and join us at 8pm ET on May 29th http://bit.ly/SBChat181

 

As more and more small business owners are leaning towards “on demand” everything (music, movies, books) to download/stream instantly, I’m noticing some changes in the way that small business owners like to learn.

The ground is shifting very quickly when it comes to education and the delivery of training materials and information.

I’m teaming up with Karyn Greenstreet to find out exactly which ways you like to absorb new content, learn new skills, acquire new knowledge for your business and professional life.

member_surveyWe’re asking small business owners to take this quick, 2-minute survey with six easy questions.

But even 2 minutes is a lot when you’re busy, so we’re making it irresistible by offering you 22 practical, helpful free educational bonuses, just for completing the survey.

Can I ask you the favor of taking just 2 minutes from your schedule today to take our survey? Here’s where you can take it online. http://bit.ly/11PBenk

Thank you for your help!

Recommended Books

Lisa Montanaro Books

The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful, and More Organized Life

Here is your very own portable personal organizer and life coach, offering easy-to-follow steps on the way to an organized, empowered life! Written by Lisa Montanaro

Get on the VIP list to be the first to know when the book is launched & to join the Ultimate Life Organizer Book Club!!

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Thrive in Your Career

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur that wants to Thrive in Your Career? Then this amazing little pint-size powerful tips booklet is for you! Featuring 14 expert authors, including Lisa Montanaro, the tips cover all aspects of thriving in your business. The booklet includes tips on organizing, networking, marketing, social media, web presence, writing, and more! So grab your copy and get ready to easily digest information from a collection of experts that can serve as your virtual Board of Advisors and help you succeed in your business and career!

DECIDE® to be Organized E-Book

An Empowering Process for Change

I am thrilled to officially launch my first E-Book, DECIDE® to be Organized: An Empowering Process for Change. Yes, there are many fantastic books and resources that will help you get better organized and stay that way. But, DECIDE® differs in its approach in that it is less about the “stuff” and more about the thinking behind the “stuff.” The DECIDE® process allows you to go deep and examine the connection between decision-making and disorganization. It looks at the way you think and act with regard to organization, and offers an opportunity for an empowering change to occur.

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Many of these products and services are part of official affiliate programs which pay a referral commission to LMOS based on any purchases you make through these links. However, that is not the reason I recommend them. I only recommend products and services that I believe are of high quality, value, and will benefit you in a tangible way as you improve your home, office, and life.

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Organizing Books

Organizing from the Inside Out — The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life
by Julie Morgenstern
A comprehensive organizing book offering tips and tools for organizing your home, office, and life, Organized from the Inside Out has helped hundreds of thousands of people clean up the clutter in their life. Considered by many to be THE organizing book on the market.

10 Minute Tidy: 108 Ways to Organize Your Home by Shannon McGinnis
My colleague and friend, Shannon McGinnis, a professional organizer based in California, wrote this great little organizing book. At 200 pages and cleverly broken up into categories for ease of use, the 10-Minute Tidy is a manageable resource for those of you looking for some guidance (other than a live professional organizer, of course!) as you try to get better organized at home.

It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized
by Marilyn Paul
This book delves into the underlying causes of chronic disorganization. Though it offers some concrete advice, it mainly targets the sources of disorganization, while offering meaningful paths to tackling everything from dirty dishes and filing problems to time management and inner spirituality.

Organizing Plain & Simple – A Ready Reference Guide with Hundreds of Solutions to Your Everyday Clutter Challenges by Donna Smallin
Donna Smallin offers organizing advice with room-by-room, tried and true organizational techniques to ease the burden of managing your money, family, house, time – and life’s big changes.

Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui
by Karen Kingston
Drawing on the success of her first book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, Karen Kingston has expanded on the indispensable activity of clearing clutter. Kingston reminds us that clutter is stuck energy that keeps you stuck in undesirable life patterns. Kingston covers the reasons we keep things as well as the amazing stories of people who have cleared their clutter away. More than just junk, clutter is all those things that have negative symbology and that collect stagnant energy. In an age of accumulation, it’s good to see a book that frees up life again.


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Life Coaching Books

Take Time for Your Life
by Cheryl Richardson
Life coach Cheryl Richardson helps people create the lives they want. In Take Time for Your Life, Richardson shows you how to switch from being stressed, unfulfilled, and overworked, to “living a life you love” by using a seven-step process. Through seven progressive strategies, Richardson shows you how to live an authentic, high-quality life, embracing your spiritual, emotional, and financial well-being. Richardson recommends enlisting a friend to work through the book with you: a fine idea to help you benefit from all the guidance that this book offers. I read this book years ago and go back to it time and again.

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Career Counseling Books

Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow by Marsha Sinetar
No More Monday Morning Blues…

If you are dissatisfied with your career and want to break free, you’re about to be liberated! This book offers a-step-by-step guide to finding the “work” that expresses and fulfills your needs, talents, and passions. Using dozens of real-life examples, Marsha Sinetar shows you how to overcome your fears, take the little risks that make big risks possible, and become a person whose work means self-expression, growth, and love! I devoured this book as I was leaving my law career and starting down my path to professional organizing.

Finding Your North StarFinding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live by Martha Beck
Martha Beck’s book is the ultimate guide for helping you figure out the answer to the question, “What do I want to do with my life?” Beck is a life coach with a fun, witty, and intelligent style of writing that jumped ship to do what she loves and her book is a wonderful platform for her to help others do the same. When I was struggling with leaving the practice of law and becoming an entrepreneur, I found this book to be pivotal in my decision. There are handy exercises that dig deep and help you really think about your skills, talents, and the type of life and employment that you want. I still have my book to this day with all of my notes in it and use it as a constant reminder that I made the right choice!

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Financial Planning Books

2009 Action Plan: Keeping Your Money Safe and Sound by Suze Orman
The credit crunch, the stock market freefall, the staggering toll of home foreclosures and job losses: The economic crisis that struck in 2008 has left no one untouched and everybody reeling. Seemingly overnight, the financial landscape has undergone seismic changes that suddenly have you asking all kinds of questions: Are your savings safe? Should you continue to invest in your retirement account? Should you keep your home if it’s worth less than what you owe or should you sell it? How do you pay your bills if you’ve just been laid off? The nation’s go-to expert on financial matters, Suze Orman, believes that 2009 is a critical year for your money. There are safeguards to put in place, actions to take, costly mistakes to avoid, and even opportunities to be had, so that you are protected during the bad times and prepared to prosper when things take a turn for the better. No matter what situation you’re in, you will find a plan of action and the answers to your questions about credit, retirement, savings and spending, real estate, paying for college, and protecting your family.SUZE ORMAN’S 2009 ACTION PLAN delivers honest, straightforward guidance—what to do, when to do it, and how to do it—as only Suze Orman can.

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Business Books

Thrive in Your Career
Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur that wants to Thrive in Your Career? Then this amazing little pint-size powerful tips booklet is for you! Featuring 14 expert authors, including Lisa Montanaro of LM Organizing Solutions, the tips cover all aspects of thriving in your business. The booklet includes tips on organizing, networking, marketing, social media, web presence, writing, and more! So grab your copy and get ready to easily digest information from a collection of experts that can serve as your virtual Board of Advisors and help you succeed in your business and career! Investment: $5.00

Million Dollar Consulting: The Professional's Guide to Growing a Practice (by Alan Weiss) Million Dollar Consulting:
The Professional’s Guide to Growing a Practice by Alan Weiss
The acclaimed Million Dollar Consulting gives consultants the tools and advice they need to grow a firm that rakes in at least $1 million per year. Alan Weiss, “the consultant’s consultant,” shows step-by-step how to raise capital, reel in new clients, set fees, accelerate growth, and more. This updated and expanded edition will appeal to both Weiss’s many current fans and a whole new generation of readers looking for the best advice available for anyone who wants to build a million-dollar consulting/speaking career.

  The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber
In this first new and totally revised edition of the over two million copy bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. Next, he walks you through the steps in the life of a business — from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed — and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether it is a franchise or not. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.

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Copyright 2012. Lisa Montanaro is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses. Lisa publishes the bi-weekly e-zine, Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion for success-minded individuals. Subscribe today at www.LisaMontanaro.com and receive your free Tool Kit, Achieve Powerhouse Success with Passion, Purpose and Productivity. 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. Through her work, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth. To explore how Lisa can help you be purposeful, passionate and productive, contact Lisa at (530) 302-5306 or by e-mail at Lisa@LisaMontanaro.com

Do You Want to Learn More?

Business Consulting & Coaching

“When setting out on a journey,
do not seek advice from someone who has never left home.”

~ Rumi

Do you…

… sometimes feel like there is a magic formula to being a successful entrepreneur and you weren’t given it?
… often fall into the Comparison Trap and think every other entrepreneur has what it takes except you?
…chase bright shiny objects but don’t actually implement the success principles necessary to excel as an entrepreneur?

If so, you need support, guidance, and expertise. You need some Kick-Butt Business Coaching!  This isn’t just any old business coaching — it’s the kind that gets results.

As an entrepreneur, you may often find yourself feeling alone or isolated – unsure of who to turn to for advice on your confidential business questions and plans, feeling out-of-sync with friends and family members who have a J-O-B, and nervous about sharing too much with a colleague or competitor. You crave someone that can guide and support you, actually give you answers when you’re well has run dry, and co-create a business that is truly customized to you and your needs!

Business Coaching & Consulting is what you need to support, inspire, and challenge you to create the business you dream about.

What if you could hear the truth from a successful entrepreneur about the mistakes she made along the way and what she learned from them? Wouldn’t it be nice to peek in as someone tears the roof off her business and let’s you see inside?

Well, you can!!

Drawing upon my background as an attorney, mediator, and trainer of entrepreneurs, I offer business coaching and consulting services to entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Serving as a business strategist, I assist clients in making informed business decisions.  Part consultant, part coach — I ask probing questions helping you to dig deep, but also give expert advice, guiding you to the answers you seek.

Think of me as a combination of Chief Operations Officer, Executive Director and Vice President of Marketing all-in-one!

Instead of working with a life coach to help you clarify your purpose, a business advisor to work on the foundations and set up, a marketing consultant to define your message and target market, and a productivity consultant to help you create and streamline systems, you’ll have an all-in-one business strategist and advisor in one cost effective and streamlined package. And I’m a savvy marketer and writer that can cleverly word smith language, so you’ll get the benefit of picking my creative brain as well.

Through a combination of analysis and intense discussion with you, I’ll explore every aspect of your business. We will dissect your business, and then put it back together again. Your business will be better, stronger and a more authentic version of you.

Here’s a list of some common business issues that we can work on:

  • Define what success in business means to you
  • Focus on your passion and unique areas of brilliance
  • Business start up and planning
  • Structuring your business and choosing a business model
  • Drafting agreements or proposals
  • Creating packages or project pricing
  • Charging what you’re worth and dealing with price negotiations
  • Marketing, networking & branding
  • Establishing a strong online presence
  • Get clear on your Unique Selling Proposition
  • Define your Ideal Client and Target Market
  • Create Multiple Streams of Income
  • Leverage your expertise by creating repurposed products and programs
  • Outsourcing/Delegating
  • Classifying employees or independent contractors on your team
  • Business processes/systems
  • Creating an Operations Manual
  • Protecting your business financially and legally
  • Difficult client situations/ethical dilemmas
  • Setting up a Board of Advisors
  • Assisting with choice of professional advisors
  • Preparing your business for sale

The key is to help you focus on what you need in order to build your business, make the money you deserve, and enjoy your work!

“Unbelievable!!! That’s how I would sum up my first business coaching session with Lisa… To be honest, I was really skeptical going in as I had worked with a few coaches in the past and those experiences just left me feeling like I had wasted my money. I was having a hard time figuring out exactly what I wanted my business to become and Lisa literally pulled it out of me like magic! I feel excited about my business for the first time in a long time.  Lisa understood me and my business in a way no one has before.  Her dynamic personality and enthusiasm combined with passion for her clients is a winning combination. Worth every penny!!!!! ” ~ Carly Poppalardo, www.RealOrganizedVA.com

Take Action

If you are ready to dive in and rent my brain for a Strategy Session, then click here to purchase online. Business Coaching is generally done in the form of one-on-one coaching via phone or Skype (or in person if we are close enough geographically).

Coaching slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. When I receive your payment, I will email you a pre-session questionnaire (Coaching Profile) so that I can become more familiar with what you want to work on and we can jump right in.

If you think you may want longer term support, let’s set up a Discovery Call to chat first and see if a VIP Intensive or Platinum Level Coaching Program may be a better fit.

I’m trilled to be presenting for the NAPO Professional Organizers Learning Academy in Los Angeles!

Bold Business Moves: Moving Your Business in the Right Direction

This workshop focuses on two main areas: creating multiple streams of income and outsourcing and delegating for your business.

  • When: Monday, October 22, 2012
  • Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm — prior to NAPO-LA meeting
  • Where: Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles
  • Cost: NAPO-LA Members $25 — Non-Members $35
  • Register: Online at www.napola.org

Advance registration and payment required. Registration will close Thurs. October 18

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Presentation Descriptions:

Creating Multiple Streams of Income

You are a solopreneur or small business owner, and you wish you could make more money, but you can’t be in more than one place at one time or clone yourself. What to do? Create multiple streams of income! Multiple streams of income help to build a business with less work by offering multiple ways for clients to access you, your company, and your services/offerings. Learn how to leverage and re-purpose your content, expand your delivery methods, offer options at multiple price points, and give clients a menu or suite of services.

Don’t Go It Alone: It Takes a Village to Run a Successful Business

Are you a solopreneur and often find it lonely? Maybe you are you a small business owner with employees or subcontractors, but find yourself wanting to brainstorm with those outside your business? You can! Imagine a group of people that are available to bounce business ideas off of, help you make pivotal business decisions, and serve as a sounding board. Set your business up for success by enlisting the help of others. Options are plentiful, from using virtual assistants, independent contractors, and employees, to brainstorming with business colleagues, setting up a formal Board of Advisors, participating in a Mastermind group, or hiring a business coach. Determine which accountability tools are the best match for your business, and how to implement them. Hear about what other like-minded entrepreneurs are doing. Walk away with a plan to enlist the help of others in your business in a way that makes the most sense for your business model, stage, and needs.

 

Lisa Montanaro is a sought-after business expert due to her background as an attorney, mediator, and trainer of entrepreneurs. She is the owner of Lisa Montanaro Global Enterprises, which is the umbrella organization under which she offers productivity consulting, success coaching, business strategizing, and speaking to individuals and organizations globally. Lisa’s presentations focus on productivity, entrepreneurship, and life-work balance issues. Lisa’s workshops are informative, interactive, and despite the sometimes weighty subject involved, entertaining!