The Wheel Is Broke, I Can Fix It

The Wheel Is Broke, I Can Fix It

wheels_came_off_400_clr_6906Internet Marketing can often be a frustrating business.  You bring in people and whether they have been in internet marketing for some years or are brand new to internet marketing.  You find the ones that want to reinvent the wheel.  We are taught that the first rule of internet marketing is to duplicate.  You teach what you do that has made you successful and your new distributors will be successful too.

Appears pretty basic and easy to follow right?  Yet time after time people try to reinvent the unbroken wheel.  You pass on your knowledge but the new person insist on doing it their way.  Naturally 9 out of ten times they fail.

Not sure why but for some reason instead of following the number one rule many like to think that they have a new and better way to success.  They do not want to come to the webinars and conference calls.  They do not want to use marketing tools the ones that make a success out of the internet marketers.  They believe that going it alone like a lone wolf will somehow bring all those sign ups they need and they have the better way.

The second rule is relationships.  The successful marketer knows that to be successful you must build relationships.  Now this is like the big foundation of the road to success.  You must get to know your prospects.  Building a relationship with people takes time and for some reason many are just in the hurry. toolbox_kit_fix_800_clr_6972

They think they can do this in a quick hurry make the money in a few short months and off to the island of easy street they will go.  Those in the know, those making the real money know better.  Building a relationship takes time.  Statics shows it takes at least 7 to 12 times of connecting with a prospect before they buy from you.

So how do you build that relationship?  By staying in front of your prospects, which means those tools again.  Auto responders send out email which keeps you in front of the prospects.  It means picking up the phone sometimes.  I know many are saying to themselves that they do internet marketing because they do not like picking up the phone.  I say for those that hate the phone you more than anyone better have the tools than.

People simply do not buy from those they do not know.  This is why your warm market is always the first suggestion to the marketer.  What happens though is these people stop buying  your product.  You see they had no real desire like you to have their own home based business so they do not grow your business.  They were just trying to be a good brother, sister or friend.introductions_400_clr_10909

All of this means you have to make your cold market a warm marketing and that means building those relationships.  Marketing tools we are back to those again.  You see they are not just merely a suggestion.  We are not telling you that you need them but we are using a completely different way of being successful.  We use them and we are telling you that to duplicate what we do you need them too.

The successful salesperson has always known two things.  Teach what you do to your team, make available the tools that you use to them and everyone will be taking a cruise someday together!  Because why?  The answer is that it works.  For some though reinventing it trying to do it their way will always be where they go.  Some will eventually get it.  Those with a true desire to make it will see eventually that the wheel works well the way it is.  Round with all those spokes!  For those that do not, well they were never going on that journey to success with you in the first place.

Cindy Slick

Help I Need Somebody

Help I Need Somebody

Giving a helping hand

Giving a helping hand

I know that not much surprises me after 7 years of internet marketing.  I must say though that lack of help continues to surprise me.  How in the world did the world become so jaded.  I know when I started it did seem as if everyone was hiding the information as if they were in charge of the holy grail.  They might give up some small morsel of information but the formula that they themselves were using to be successful.  Well they wouldn’t give it up.  Last week when we held our weekly webinar, I did the webinar on promotion.  I did a power point which I placed on slideshare than attached the recorded webinar. I did not stop there I promoted that it was available for all to see and look at.  Why to help others.

What happened was that many contacted me and thank me for sharing this very useful information.  Many have contacted me since then and I have helped them in varies ways.  Why the answer is simple.  It is the right thing to do.  The secret or formula or the magic ingredients are nonexistent.  It is all within you and in your control.  You see there are some important steps to be successful.

Helping your downline

Helping your downline

These steps should be explained by your mentor, sponsor or whatever you want to call the person who signed you up in whatever opportunity you are using to grow a home based business.  A mentor is defined by Webster as: a trusted counselor or guide it further describes it as a teacher or coach.  It defines a sponsor as: one who assumes responsibility for some other person or thing.  So assuming you become a sponsor or mentor of someone should it not mean you should guide them and teach them?  Should you not show them what you do so they can than do the same to become successful?  I would certainly think so.

So what are these steps?  Watch my slideshare or contact me I am always willing to share.   You can also come to this evenings webinar which will be about sales funnels and why they are so very important for any business.

Please come and bring a friend.
Thursday night’s a webinar @ 9pm EST. Look forward to seeing everyone there. Sincerely, Cindy & Karen

What happened this past week was really no surprise I often talk to people who I help set up their marketing systems and create capture pages and sales funnels.  Show them how to set up their auto responders.  Only to have many say no one ever has helped them on the internet before.  What is that?  How do you expect to grow a business if you do not help those that sign up to be a part of your business.

It continues to amaze me that more often than not people sign others up than move onto signing up the next. They may sometimes send out information for the company’s conference calls but that is about all many do.  They simply look forward without looking back.  Likely this is how they were taught so they actually live in ignorance of not knowing better.  Today reach out and talk with your downline let them know that you are there and that you care you will be surprise what a difference a helping hand makes.

Cindy Slick


Latest and Greatest Do You Have It Yet?

Latest and Greatest Do You Have It Yet?

starWhen I was a kid Barbie was new and for the boys it was GI Joe.  Everyone just had to have one and most mom’s and dad’s attempted to comply.  As a mother my kids had any number of different toys that the kids just had to have.  From cabbage patch to Care Bears or for the boys Transformers and Star wars.  As they grew out of toys they still wanted toys they just changed to things like name brand jeans, shoes and of course my boys wanted ATV’s and mini-bikes.  They always came with brand names and they always had to have them because well everyone else did.

This syndrome this phenomenon this what has sometimes been called keeping up with Jones does not go away for many just because they grow up.  Many even though they get a job, get married and have children of their own still have a need to have the latest and greatest.  They make all sorts of purchase’s like cars and even house’s based on what the other people they know do.  Mary and Joe buy a pool so Sue and Don have to have one too.

Enter the internet marketer!!  Each month a new toy enters the internet marketing world.  It is better and greater than anything out there and it will bring you thousands a week in wealth!  For the first time ever is a common phrase.  The latest companies springing up all over like to put some elements of the marketing tools, that have been sorely missing from companies.  Of course they tell you this will solve your problem and make you the best distributor ever!  What they do not tell you is that several elements or tools are missing.  Nor do they tell you they only work for that company not for the other 1,2 or 3 companies you promote.  So really what are you gaining?  Truth is nothing.

All those people that fall for the next bright and star striking MLM do you know that the numbers state that people change internet marketing companies every 3-4 months.  That is 75% change companies that frequently.  Exactly how do you ever think you can become successful if you change your mind that often?  If you did your homework, if you find something you are passionate about.  Than stick with it.  Do some homework on how to market.  Go and get those marketing tools.  Well you than have a formula for success.

Stop falling for everything and anything.  The latest new shiny object is not your answer.  The answer lies where it always has within you.  They key is you, not the latest and greatest.  Those toys did not help you grow into a responsible adult that others love, know and admire.  The things you own do not make you feel better, or appear better than others.  Your character does and like your character your home business depends on what you do once you decide on owning a home business.  Not on the home business you decide on. slide-42-638

Today make the decision to stop hopping around to the latest and greatest stick with what you have and make that one successful.  For those that like multiple streams of income, stick with the ones you have stop looking for the pie in the sky.  You already have all the ingredients to make that pie.  Have a great day.

Cindy Slick


If Not You Than Who

Why A Home Based Business Is Almost A Necessity

The Changing Social Contract: Between employee’s and employer

–We can’t promise you how long we’ll be in business

–We can’t promise you that we won’t be acquired

–We can’t promise that there’ll be room for promotion

–We can’t promise that your job will exist when you reach retirement age

–We can’t promise that the money will be available for your pension

–We can’t expect your undying loyalty and we aren’t even sure we want it

a plan2There was a time when the exact opposite was true. Today there is no stability in employment what so ever.  Today you owe it to yourself to be looking out for yourself in the long term.  You need to realize that no matter what your contract with your employer states.  You may find yourself terminated at any moment.  Your retirement benefits long gone when you are retired and possibly even terminated just before you retire, leaving you completely out in the cold.  These are the harsh realities.  This is not a maybe or could be scenario it is a reality check.

Looking out for your long term outlook is a absolute necessity.  If you have no idea how you will survive once you reach retirement age.  Than you need to be looking at that picture now.  Regardless of your current age you need a plan.  A home based business is a good plan B.  You can begin to put into place a residual income that will help you in the future.  Beginning now you can build that residual income and have a substantial income coming in by the time you retire.retirement

Taking control of your future is your responsibility.  It is no one else’s.  In today’s society you can no longer look for your job as your retirement security.  At any time that 401k you have depended on could be gone.  With the way things are you could work for a company for several years believe you will retire with them.  Find yourself out in the cold at age 60.  Too young, to collect social security, too old to find another job.  So take control start a home based business there are many good options.  Have a good day.

Cindy Slick

You Need Support (I am not talking about a good bra!)

You Need Support (I am not talking about a good bra!)

dough boys customer supportThe reason that Direct Sales has a 97% attrition rate (people leaving the company) is from lack of support. If your sponsor does not support you.  What will keep you working hard for that person………none of course. The first thing you need to do when someone new joins you is say hello! Seems like an obvious thing right. However do you know that after I had worked online for like 4 years of marketing online and several different companies I had only 2 people ever welcome me warmly and help me get set up. That is outrageous but it is the norm. Crazy yes.

So I finally figured out that it if I want to be successful I was on my own.  Truly, and after all it was my business it had nothing really to do with the people above me it had everything to do with people that came in after.  So let me be the one. I also decided it was time I listened to all those people that kept telling me I needed capture pages and auto responders to send great email with video and audio.  Send my prospects cards on holidays.  Keep myself in front of them  Become someone that people knew and hopefully eventually like and trust.  what are you waiting for

Each day I could get so much more work done if I was not spending a lot of my day working to help others. Guess what though.  The individuals who sign up for my marketing system are my customers and they deserve customer support. I remember back when I was involved with another company it took forever to just get an email to welcome someone.  Today that is never an issue. Why because to get our system they have to place their email in.  So a warm welcome they will receive. Whether they take advantage or not it is up to my customers.  What they will never be able to say is that they are not offered support.  We give support whether you are a premium member or remain free forever you will receive the best customer support ever.

Calling my customers making sure they understand how to use their marketing system is part of my job.  It is also one of the parts I love the most.  I allow my customers to know me and I get to know them.

Affiliate marketing/internet marketing, MLM’s can be a lonely business.  What I have learned over the past several years is that my business will be exactly what I choose to make it.  I can provide support and have a strong friendly business.  Or I can ignore people and hope they stick around.  Statistics show though that without support most move on to the latest and greatest every four months. customer-service-rep-md

Support and customer service is extremely important in any business.  It should be the first thing you work on providing.  If new to yours than first off educate yourself about your business, learn to be honest you can provide support and learn at the same time as you add people to your new business you can learn together.  Do not be embarrassed to say you are new.  Learn from each other and you may just make a great new friend.  To your success, have a great day.

Cindy Slick


What are you looking for and do you have the courage to get it?

What are you looking for and do you have the courage to get it?

ad photosIt goes really without saying that if you’re looking for a home based business you want it to be profitable. I really think when it comes to starting a home based business though you really need to ask yourself do I have what it takes to do this?

After all it takes some courage to start a business. The SBA Small Business Administration place’s the failure rate at around 44%. That’s down from 50% a few years ago. Either way the odds are still against you. You can also figure 1-2 years before you see profit! Many people do not take this in to consideration and without capital to last this long they fail long before they ever get started.

So what does courage have to do with it you may ask?  Well courage is not having fear, courage is moving forward through the fear. All the above statistics from the SBA could keep you from ever even getting pass the dreaming stage. Chances are though if your reading this you are already at the very least thinking about it. Many are way passed that. I am one of those way passed that. In fact I have a successful small business. It took a ton of courage though of this I know. Many times I was paralyzed by fear. The what if’s kept me down for a while. I am so very glad I moved forward through it. I have gotten to the other side.slide-002-638

So how do you get to the other side. Well one of the many reasons that only 44% of small business today fail instead of the 50% only a few short years ago is the internet. Starting an internet business can be done with very little capital and sometimes none at all. Your overhead (expense’s to maintain your business) is minimal after all it only takes a home computer and some tenacity. The electric, gas and brick and mortar your already paying for!. So you have no real overhead. The bonus in that is now a part of your very home and daily expenses are now tax deductible. Add a magnet to your car it becomes tax deductible as well.  Don’t forget that tax deduction posted to your ear all day!  Your cell phone is now a business expense.

The next part and I cannot stress this enough comes the investigative part. Do your home work. Find something that you enjoy and then do your home work and check it out. No matter what you do and what type of business you decide you want to have. Make sure you find out everything you can first. It does not matter whether you want to turn your hobby into an internet business. Or if you are looking at an affiliate program or maybe a MLM.  There are as many types of business’s that you can run and do from the comfort of your home and your computer as there are ideas.

Watch as your income increases each month

Watch as your income increases each month

However if you starting running all over the place with no plan in place and without any knowledge of what your doing you will still find yourself among the 44% that fail. And when it comes to any internet marketing business’s well the numbers jump to a 97% failure rate.

I hope your still holding onto that courage. Because the truth is you can do this. I did. I know that if I figured it out anyone can. I spent several years finding just the right thing. I started actually with a business that coming from my background should have been fail safe. Thing was I did not do enough homework first and my first attempt failed very shortly after start up and I spent a ton of money I could ill afford to lose. What I did gain was some knowledge. I understood the business side and the product side what I did not understand was the internet and how to use it to full advantage. So investigate everything. Look at everything.

This last time I spent over a year understanding marketing on the internet. I still learn new things every day now but I knew enough after a year of schooling myself to go ahead and leap in. One of the very things I did right this time was made sure I had the tools.  No not the monkey wrench kind.  Marketing tools, they are a must.  You need a way to capture peoples information. Best known as capture pages, but they are also called squeeze pages and opt in forms. Email campaigns and if you can add video and audio that is a plus. Auto responders on the those campaigns otherwise you are not getting your message out there.  I have all of these and more and although I resisted this before I knew that biting the bullet and doing it was a necessity.

It has paid off and I now consider myself a success. Why because I am making profit.  One of the best things about an internet based business is you can get to profit long before the average 1-2 years for small business owners. So go ahead take the leap of faith. It can pay off real well.banner good

There are some great business’s out here though they will not break you and will get you into profit fast. You just need to do your homework. Maybe you are just in the thinking stage or maybe a small business is not what you are scared of at all. Whatever it is whether you want to make a move across the country or around the block. Get out of a dead end job whatever it is just fortify yourself take that leap you will find it is never as scary as your mind had imagined it to be. Good luck to you and much to your success.

Cindy Slick

Monkey Wrench Anyone, Or Marketing Tools

Monkey Wrench Anyone

monkey wrenchHave you ever wonder where the name monkey wrench came from.  Well I did I just had to know.  I was thinking about tools that are needed to be successful online.  Monkey wrench which is not used for online but needed to be a plumber.  Who would never dream of opening up a plumbing company without one.  Got me thinking why is it called after a cute mammal?

So I went to wikepedia where else to get the answer.  It turns out it is actually named after the inventor of it and his name is Charles Moncky.  As you can see because of the spelling it was changed over the years to be spelled like our friends the monkey but in no way ways it intended to be.

No matter as a plumber needs a monkey wrench an internet marketer needs the proper tools to be successful.  Many try to go it without.  Some even have some mediocre success without them.  What is realized sooner or later.  That the job is so much easier and so much more successful with them.

Many are aware that they need them but feel they cannot afford them.  This may have been true in the past because you had to go to 2 or 3 different places to get everything you needed.  That is no longer the case.  You can get all the tools you need in just one place for one great low price.  For just under a dollar a day.

You can get all the capture pages, sales pages, sales funnels you need there is no limit with unlimited domains.  You get the capacity to mail to 30,000 with unlimited email auto responders.  That is incredible.  A contact manager you handle it all with. add tracking so you know what ads are working.  You can send ecards on all those holidays to stay in front of you customers with postcards that you can add video too.  We have massive library to choose video and templates from.  You can even run a blog or a website from within the system.  Yes run your business or as many as you have all from one place.

As if it could get no better in addition to all of the tools to run a business under one roof.  We have a way to help your downline increase and grow for free.  We have a free lead generating system that you can give to each and every member you have in your downline.  This helps them obtain new leads every day fresh coming to them.  Your business can finally go to a level you only dreamed about.banner good

Take a look today.  It will cost you absolutely nothing to look and try out.  The Free Lead System Forever is free forever with never any obligation to upgrade.  If you choose to try the upgrade with all the tools included.  You can try it out for 7 days for free.  We have the best customer service with experienced marketers with over 40 years of experience.  We are always available to help you.

Have a fantastic day,

Cindy Slick

Learn To Dispense Leads Over & Over

Do You Have A Lead Dispenser

candy dispenser (3)Those that know me know that generally I write a nice story and something that helps you ultimately in your business.  Well today I am going to write about something that will help you in your business, however no life story to go with it.

Why because I just thought I would get right to the point.  You see if you are serious about wanting to have a successful business.  Than you should be serious about having the right tools.  What are the right tools?  They are having the ability to promote you and your business. Promote you not the company that you promote but you.  Whether you have one or you like to have multiple streams of income our marketing system works.

Carpenter, plumbers and auto mechanics have the right tools to get the job done.  Well small business of any kind including those mentioned and internet marketers alike must be found and indexed on the internet.  There is only one proven way to do that.  Promote you, brand you separate you from the business because people buy from people they like and trust.

You can waste years thinking you can do it without or you can do what everyone tells you is necessary.  You can start to promote you brand you as an industry leader. You can get the tools to make duplicating again and again leads dispensed to you like you had your very own vending machine doing it. Email Marketing Price Comparison Chart

With a marketing system that allows you to make unlimited capture pages, sales pages and sales funnels.  Leads will come to you again and again.  You will have the ability to keep your message and even position yourself as a leader in your industry by following up with the with unlimited auto responders sending to up to 30,000 at a time.  You can add free PLR’s reports to your pages so that you give value immediately to your prospects.

Using our ecards and postcards will having you looking like the professional you are.  Video library or add your own to those postcards and capture pages to reach your customers.  Never miss a lead because you were busy and had not checked your contact manager.  Because it can contact you with a text whenever a new lead comes to you.  That very contact manager will keep you organized and you will help you keep track of everything to do with your leads. free training area

You will know just which ads are affective just like large corporations do with our sophisticated ad tracking.  You will finally have everything you ever needed to take you to the next level.  Not only that we have a free lead system forever that you can give to your down line that is just starting out with no budget.

So you may be thinking what is all this going to cost you.  Well less than you may think.  For under a dollar you get all that I mentioned and more. This cost is less than you pay aweber, or constant contact for just one of these.  We have outstanding customer service and we have a free training area that was  set up for you so you understand how to use your system to best position you for success.  This area also has information on MLM by some of the industries leaders to help you learn to market to best be successful.  All kind of free tools to help you.  We have thought of everything. template72

So whether you are a small brick and mortar business or a part of a MLM or affiliate marketing company.  We have the system for you.  You can keep a free lead system forever and we mean what we say forever.  Or you can try the premium on for size for 7 days.  Either way you should do this today for your business and watch the results.  Make this the year you finally have all the tools.

Cindy Slick

Schools In Session

School Days School Days

webinarMany of us consider what we do as internet marketers as a class room all by itself.  Truth is it is.  If we are successful at our small business than each day we enter the online class room and find that we really do not know near as much as we thought we did.

It is this very reason that yesterday I began class going towards another degree.  I am working towards my bachelor degree in Marketing and Management.  Having a degree already in another field way over left of that in Nursing I am excited to be returning to school.  Being a Science major my thinking is often analytical.  Going for bachelor of arts degree will be different.  Many of my courses will require me to use a different part of my brain than I am use to.  So that is scary and exciting all at the same time.

What I have found out recently though is that I love marketing.  Marketing while many of us consider it to be promoting is much more than that.  Companies spend half of every dollar that a product cost on marketing.  When you think about that you realize that more than an ad goes into marketing anything.  Understanding who your target is, your customer is the focus.  Still it is much more than that even.

There is product and understanding just what makes a product.  There is also price and distribution to be considered.  There are variables to each of these.  Is your target young or old, what are their needs?  What are their habits.  For instance did you know that Google has replaced  the need for Grandparent’s.  Incredible right, but true.  Children Google before they pick up the phone and ask grandma why the sky is blue!

Understanding these things is essential to understanding the market in which we promote in.  So here I am at age 52 going back to school.  Why because I want to be more than successful in business.  I make money online.  I could just keep doing what I am doing and do just fine.  I have never been one to do just the ordinary though.

When I was nursing I was not an RN on the medical surgical ward.  I love and admire those that do.  I had to be where the excitement was.  I worked as a cardiac intensive care nurse for 11 years.  I loved each and every minute of it, until an injury took me out of it.

So understanding marketing and learning as much about it so as to take my companies to the next level is no surprise.  I love a challenge.  Working my business which currently take 14 hours a day and working in class’s just what this women needs right!  I am excited about it.

I look forward to not just using what I learn to help my candle business but to further my sales and marketing business.  Selling marketing tools/system to all of my online marketers it so very rewarding.  When I help someone else take their business to the next level there is a big reward in it for me.  I have always been a person who cares about others.  So this is a way for me to give back.banner good

So school days, school days good old golden rule days here I come with the excitement of a school kid on their first day.  I look forward to the coming quarter and this new journey of mine.  Well off to look over some work for school.

Have a great day everyone.

Cindy Slick


Warning Warning Robot Approaching

Warning, Warning Robot Approaching

a robotI still smile as I write that title. I was talking to a colleague and we were discussing the new way that many marketers promote. Robots, and yes if you are not familiar you will be. Many business owners are using robots for just about everything imaginable. For some reason what came to mind for me was Lost and Space and the robot telling Will Robinson warning, warning.
I can see how robots can be helpful. What I find disturbing is replacing human warmth and touch in marketing completely with robots. You can set up the phone to call your prospects, using what a robot. You can follow up with email using what robots, you can even use a robot to send advertising for you. So it is official a robot has taken over the job of sales.
For some that means they never have to make contact with the people behind the phone calls, the emails or the ones answering their ads. What a world we live in. It even make work for many. For me that takes away the entire reason I love marketing online all together. I also believe it creates an effectual team.
I have found that knowing the individuals on my team. Creating a relationship makes for a more cohesive team. We know each other and we know the strengths and weakness. We are much stronger for it.
Don’t know about you but I answer the phone and hear a recording and just hang up. Also in my mind I feel anyone doing this is lazy and would not want to work with them. As for ads that are completely automated they may be affective they may actually be effective but at what point do you get involved in your own marketing. I can tell they are put out by hoot suite not sure if others can but I find all of it lazy. Naturally they are helpful if you work full time at another job and need away to place ads during the day.
I also feel that at some point you need some personal touch as well. People responding want people to reach out to them as well. Yes you need an auto responder, but pick up the phone yourself or send a personal email for some contact to prospects as well. Let them know there is a person behind everything. Offer a bit of warm personal touch. The robots do make our jobs easier and allow us more time for what? The personal touch of closing and having more sales. I market those robots. I certainly believe they have a place in helping us and making us successful. I also believe in personally reaching out to everyone that becomes a member of my marketing system.banner good
I call everyone I work with help them on skype or joinme. I share screens walk them through, help them set up their systems. Help them use our systems to better serve them and their business. So they know how to use every feature. Not so that they can become impersonal robots but so they can be better at being personal with their customers with more time.
Reach out and touch someone today, and make it a successful day everyone.
Cindy Slick