If you can’t tell, I’m a little bit excited about the WE Mastermind contest to win $5,000 dollars worth of business start-up packages. I am in FIRST PLACE by a small margin and am struggling to keep the lead. If you haven’t voted for me yet, please do. Vote up to once a day until September 19th.
1. Log onto Facebook.
2. Click this link.
3. Allow app access.
4. Click “VOTE FOR THIS ENTRY” – Make sure you’re looking at J Flo with the Shakti Yoga image (a current web design project).
5. Decide whether you want to share on your wall and click “post” or “skip”.
6. Rinse and repeat every day until September 19th!
Thank you to everyone who has been voting. Thanks so much for the support! With your superpowers, I have been staying in first place lead for a couple days!! <3 Lets keep it up!
This contest has done wonders for me in staying motivated with my goals and committing to them. Because of this contest, I finally decided to pick my launch date for my new web design site and see a clearer plan of action. So clear that I've already incorporated the prizes into this visualization to help it manifest (wink)! Either way, the way the contest has helped me respond to my work has made it clear that I've already won in spirit! The promotion efforts I’ve put out to gain more votes is already creating buzz for the web launch. It’s a win-win, whether I win the prize package or not!
So what exactly DO I win? Well, lets break it down, shall we?
Increase your traffic -and tribe -by running a 2 month social media contest using Strutta
Strutta is the platform WE Mastermind is running this contest on and it rocks! (Value: $500)
Implementation: I would like to host a FREE web design contest to celebrate my launch date on 11.11.11.
Create a PR storm to drive attention to your business
Elena Verlee shows you how in her Publicity S.T.O.R.M. program for entrepreneurs. (Value: $247)
Implementation: While I joke that my boyfriend is a good “PR Department” for me, who has been doing an awesome job gathering votes and support, I could definitely learn how to do this better. I need all the attention I can get so that I can hopefully get more clients than my current, pathetic, “is this even a business?” attempt (or lack thereof). I need to get some mojo and grab some balls!
Launch a website that drives results
Access The Renegade Weekend Website 2 day site building event online. (Value: $597)
Implementation: My current website does not drive results. Although I AM a web designer, I’m still learning how to be a business savvy one. The website I started, which was a fete in itself, was something I made during the time I was in a 4 month Buddhist monastery retreat. I was thinking spiritual kumbayah, not business and dollars. It’s not very marketable, not very “sticky” (this is a term that I learned within this year, meaning that it doesn’t bring a lot of client leads and viewers don’t “stick” around), and desperately needs a copy makeover. I got some tips when I went to the Tropical MBA summit and basically heard everything I “knew” I had to do, but hadn’t done yet. It’s kind of like “knowing” you need to eat right and exercise to lose weight… but you still keep eating like crap. This time, I need to CUT THE CRAP and take the leap to commit to the lifestyle change.
Access over 40 business tools including bookkeeping software, easy-to-use business calculators, a free logo and domain name, and more
Palo Alto Software’s “Start, Run and Grow Your Business” program is everything you need to get your business off the ground. (Value: $70)
Implementation: I am your typical right brained artsy chick. I have no business sense and I know I need to build up my business muscles. Taxes scare the crap out of me as someone who’s slowly venturing into the self-employed department, and I’m scared I won’t do it “right”. The business tools will help me stay on track and force me to get linear.
Technical tutorials to bring you up to speed on running an online business
One year access to WebMasterChief.com, a technical tutorial membership site that equips you with the knowledge to understand the components of running your empire. (Value: $324)
Implementation: More education is always good. The tutorials could help me from a design perspective as someone who is going into the business of designing online businesses. This could also help me in finally figuring out all this shopping cart stuff and offering more advanced web design packages!
Copy that converts more sales for your product
A two hour one-on-one copywriting consultation with award-winning copywriter, Amy Harrison. (Value: $300)
Implementation: Did I mention I need a copy makeover? Yeah. I need copy that sells. I may be a good writer, but I’m not a salesperson and I’ve never done sales copy. I’ve never used psychology to persuade people into buying my services and while I have read tons of branding books about “why we buy” out of pure interest, I have not had to actually apply these concepts on my own.
A personalized “About” page that sparks people’s interest in your business
Written specially for your online business by Lea Woodward at dotnetconnector.com. (Value: $125)
Implementation: I dread writing about pages. I never feel what I say is really good enough. I dread rewriting the Purple Panda about page because I know I’m nowhere near satisfied with it, and it’s just not clear or precise.
A complete plan to reach all your business goals
Ellen Rohr will challenge you to dream big in “The Challenge,” her Bare Bones Biz business planning program. (Value: $1495)
Implementation: I could get clear on a lot of things, including my business. Business plans are another one of those things my right brained self wretches at. Some would argue that you don’t need a business plan, but it helps you focus, define your goals, and set the path straight on your business so you’re aligned to achieving the goals you’ve set in place. Instead of stumbling around like I’m currently doing, this will help me get serious.
Killer coaching to push you and your business to a new level
Private coaching with Natalie MacNeil and Natalie Sisson of WE Mastermind (Value: $1000)
Implementation: I have a lot of questions that could benefit from coaching sessions. Things like how to get clear on the role of this blog with my web design site and how I can get better interaction and more people clicking that “hire me” link. Things like whether I should create a blog for the web design site or just have a clearer focus on this blog.
Email marketing service to communicate with your customers
One year of service and support from iContact.com. (Value: $500.00)
Implementation: I don’t have a mailing list yet. Not for this site, let alone for my web design. It’s one of those “scary” things like how I have no idea what “free” e-book I could offer just to keep up with the blog joneses, or what I would even write in a newsletter. Whether I ever create the “Panda Posse” or not, it would be great to add a mailing list for the web design site so that I can gain more customer leads and increase my site’s “stickiness”.
So this is why I’m so excited to win. With the help of this package, I could boost my business venture and help get it off the ground. I could start getting full time work load and start calling myself a business. I could play a bigger game.