• Many people consider Pinterest to be a social media platform. It’s NOT. It’s even BETTER…it’s a search engine like Google. This post is packed with tips on how to increase your traffic so you can quit your 9-to-5 and thrive as a coach! Inspiration and ideas for female entrepreneurs and girl bosses building startups. #Leave9-5 #Leave9to5 #Escape9to5 #QuitYourJob #Entrepreneur #Corporate #SocialMedia #DebbieCromack How I More than Doubled My Pinterest Traffic in One Week and How You Can Too (so you can leave your 9-to-5!)

    You have wanted to leave your 9-to-5 corporate job for months now, maybe even years. But you’ve been struggling to be noticed, get seen, and find your ideal clients. And, let’s face it, without clients to coach, you don’t have a business, you have an expensive hobby.

    Frustration sets in and, because you feel defeated, your mindset slinks back to old beliefs that push the false message that you’re not good enough and you can’t do this. It’s a vicious cycle.

    Not having a mindset geared towards growth is one of the main reasons new entrepreneurs give up on their dreams of a better life. In recent years, science has proven that, through neuroplasticity, we can actually retrain our brains…our mindset. You can learn more about this powerful concept by working with me. 😊 (You can also get my Mind Fog to Mindset Mastered course right HERE if you’d like to test the waters.)

    Okay, onto some stellar tips you can implement NOW to create a Pinterest strategy where your efforts are working FOR you and helping you catch the eye of your ideal clients and turn them into paying ideal clients so your business can thrive and you can leave your corporate job behind.

    THERE IS A TON OF INFORMATION IN HERE!
    BE SURE TO PIN IT SO YOU CAN REFER BACK TO IT LATER.

     

    Why Pinterest? Here are some statistics for you: 1) there are 200 million monthly active users on Pinterest, 2) pinners spend 50% more time on average on Pinterest compared to other social channels, 3) 93% of Pinterest users plan to make purchases while 96% use it to research and gather information 4) more than 1/3 of Pinterest users choose Pinterest over Google as a search engine.

    By now, you should be more than convinced that you need to be using Pinterest to help explode the growth of your business. Pinterest is a MUST in your social media strategy.

    Many people consider Pinterest to be a social media platform. It’s NOT. It’s even BETTER…it’s a search engine like Google. People go to Pinterest looking for answers. They look for recipes, health tips, fashion ideas, and thousands of other things to help them in life. They are also looking for YOU…a coach.

    Help them find you!

    Many people consider Pinterest to be a social media platform. It’s NOT. It’s even BETTER…it’s a search engine like Google. This post is packed with tips on how to increase your traffic so you can quit your 9-to-5 and thrive as a coach! Inspiration and ideas for female entrepreneurs and girl bosses building startups. #Leave9-5 #Leave9to5 #Escape9to5 #QuitYourJob #Entrepreneur #Corporate #SocialMedia #DebbieCromack

     

    1)       GET A PINTEREST BUSINESS ACCOUNT

    Go to Pinterest HERE.

    Set up your account as a business account.

    Set up your profile and be sure to include: 1) your name, 2) what you do (make yourself searchable), and 3) your description (get keywords in your description and have a call to action like a freebie for your ideal client).

     

    Claim your website to connect the two. IMPORTANT: Grab your meta tag!! Put it somewhere safe, you’re going to use it in a step below.

    Pinterest Claim Your Website

    SEO (SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION):

    In your website (hopefully you have WordPress), make sure you have the Yoast Plugin. Go to your SEO menu then to Social. On your Accounts tab, enter the URL for your Pinterest business account.

    Accounts Tab from Yoast Social

    Go to your SEO menu then to Social then to your Facebook (yup Facebook) tab. Make sure you’re “Enabled.”

    Yoast Social Facebook Tab

    Go to your SEO menu then to Social then to your Pinterest tab. Enter your meta tag you grabbed earlier, enter it, and “Save changes.”

    Yoast Social Pinterest Tab

    Install the jQuery Pin It Button for Images Plugin. This is an interactive hover button that appears on your images and allows those reading your blog post to easily “Pin It” to Pinterest.

    RICH PINS:

    Make sure you have Rich Pins enabled. Rich Pins are pins that include more information than just a regular pin. Go to Pinterest’s Rich Pin Validator. Follow the steps there.

    Pinterest Rich Pins Validator

    Go to any blog post on your website and copy the URL. Then paste that URL and click the “Validate” button.

    After you click “Validate,” a new screen will pop up. You will see a message that says, “Your Pins have been validated! Apply to enable Rich Pins.” Just below that message, you’ll see your website’s domain with a bubble next to “HTML Tags” selected.

    Click the button that says, “Apply Now.” You should then see a “Thank you!” message that they are reviewing your website. Now you’re all set! Your Rich Pins should appear in a day or two.

    Rich Pins Validator Thank You

     

    2)      SET UP YOUR PINTEREST ACCOUNT FOR YOUR IDEAL CLIENTS

    KEYWORDS:

    Keywords are your *key* to being found on Pinterest. Make sure everything you do in Pinterest is rich with SEO keywords. Put keywords in your profile, your pin descriptions, your board titles, your board descriptions, and the blogs you write. Not sure what keywords to use? I’ve got you covered. As we’ve talked about, Pinterest is a search engine. Your ideal clients are looking for help or solutions by typing into the search bar…and so can you!

    Think about what your ideal clients are searching for answers on and solutions for and search for the same thing. If you’re a health coach with a niche of adrenal fatigue, type that into the Pinterest search bar and see what pops up. I found, “adrenal fatigue,” “adrenal fatigue diet,” “adrenal fatigue symptoms,” “adrenal fatigue treatment,” and “adrenal glands.” HINT: I’ve just given you 5 topics you can write blogs about to help your ideal client. Create 2 pin images for each blog post and you now have 10 pins your ideal client is looking for that will educate and help them. You will also want to include these keywords in your pin descriptions, board titles, and board descriptions.

    Doing this search will also show you people and boards related to your keywords. You may want to take a peek a those. {wink, wink}

    And now for the crème de la crème: the Ads tab.

    Pinterest Ads Tab

    Don’t panic, you do NOT have to pay for an ad to do the FREE research that I’m about to knock your socks off with! Click the first option, “Create Ad.” The information you input doesn’t really matter since you’re not truly creating an ad, but you do have to fill it in to move to the next step. For ease, I chose “Traffic.” Then you click, “Continue” at the bottom right.

    Pinterest Create Ad

    Now scroll down to “Add keywords.” In the search bar under, “Extend your search,” start typing in a keyword you think is relevant to use. Let’s stick with our adrenal fatigue example so you can see the power of this search. When I type just the word, “adrenal” into the the search bar, a bunch of keywords appear AND you can see how many people per month are searching for those exact keywords. With monthly searches of between 4-5 MILLION, I’m thinking you probably want to use the keywords, “adrenal diet!”

     

    Pinterest Extend Your Reach

    The more you focus on using these keywords everywhere (in ways that make sense), the more you will start to see YOUR pins in the top rows when someone types in your keywords. And when you get to the number one spot…WAHOO!!

    PROFILE:

    Make sure your profile tells people what you do. Include keywords…like “Coach” if you’re a coach. 😊 When you type into Pinterest’s search bar, “health coach,” you’ll see, “health coach business,” “health coach quotes,” “health coaching,” and “health coaching business.” HINT: If you’re a health coach, you WANT to include these in your profile description. Help your ideal clients find you.

    BOARDS:

    To give your account a professional look, make sure your boards have branded board covers. A board cover is simply a regular pin (size 600 pixels x 600 pixels) that you assign as the board’s “cover.” You select the board cover by editing the board, finding the cover board pin you created (in Canva, Photoshop, etc.), and saving it.

    Put your best boards first and be sure to start with a board specific to your business.

    Create boards that are pertinent to all facets of your business. Having 10-20 boards is optimal and having at least 50 pins per board is recommended. Be sure not to create too many boards, otherwise you will look disorganized and cluttered. If you don’t yet have 50 pins on a board, keep it Secret until you do.

    Be sure to keep your boards active by pinning to them. If you find you’re not pinning to certain boards, make them Secret boards. Again, Pinterest is looking for you to be active and thus will rank you higher in the feed of your potential followers and ideal clients.

     

    3)      USING PINTEREST

    PINNING AND HASHTAGS:

    Your Pinterest account is for your ideal clients; NOT for you. Make sure all your pins contain content that is useful, helpful, and valuable for THEM.

    Make sure your pins have keyword-rich headlines on your images to grab your ideal client’s attention and let them know what information is behind each pin for them. “How to”s are great as well as “X (5, 7, 10, etc.) Things / Ways to Help You X (Nail Your Branding, Find Your Ideal Client, etc.).”

    Repin more from others than you do of your own pins. There are different ratios out there. I say, just make sure you’re repining at least 2-5 from others for every 1 of yours. You’ll figure out what feels right for you. Make sure when you’re repining from others that the description is filled in with keywords. Why, you ask? Even though it’s not your pin, you want to rank high within Pinterest so people can find YOUR repin and, through that, find YOU.

    You also want to verify that the pin brings you to the full post where the content and value are located. Click on the pin and make sure the link works and doesn’t take you to a fake site, a broken link, someplace shady, etc.

    Pinterest now allows you to use hashtags. As long as your descriptions are keyword rich, you shouldn’t need many hashtags. Make sure to use hashtags that are relevant to your content or board.

    Follow influencers in your niche and repin their pins. Again, this has the potential to get YOU noticed.

    Create a pin image with a killer, informative headline / title that links back to your Pinterest boards from other social media platforms (including Pinterest) to provide value to your ideal clients.

     

    GROUP BOARDS:

    Joining group boards in your niche can increase your exposure and get more eyes on your work and what you offer. They have thousands of followers. Most boards are a pin-for-a-pin, meaning for every pin you post of your own material, they ask that you repin a pin from the group board to one of your boards. Each group board has different parameters for joining so just read the board’s description to learn how to join it.

    Here are some great boards to join…

    Female Bloggers Free for All

    POST YOUR BLOG! Bloggers promote here

    Top Blogs – Pinterest Viral Board

    ***Bloggers ‘Post it’ Board***

    Blogging Pros Group Board

     

    AUTOMATION / TAILWIND:

    To show Pinterest you are an active account, you must pin frequently…like constantly. I’ve heard some people say to pin 100 pins a day! WHAT?! When you have a corporate job, there simply isn’t time to pin that much.

    As I noted above, Pinterest isn’t really a “social” platform. Therefore, it’s an ideal platform for using automated scheduling.

    Using automation is extremely helpful. I use Tailwind (the only official scheduling partner of Pinterest) and it saves soooo much time because you can batch your pinning all at once! From an efficiency perspective, as long as other Pinterest users (your ideal clients) see your pins, you can effectively engage with them throughout the day and have them see your pinning activity notifications without having to be on Pinterest in real-time or all the time!

    When your Pinterest strategy includes (which it should) pinning a lot, pinning throughout the day, and not spamming your target audience / ideal clients by pinning the same content to multiple group boards all at once, Tailwind is the tool you want.

    You can get a free trial HERE (pssst…this is an affiliate link {more on this below}; if you like the free trial you get from my link and end up paying $15 per month or $119 per year to continue using it, I will receive a small commission…so I thank you for helping me stay in business so I can keep helping you and others just like YOU! 😊) Play around with it a bit during your free trial and get familiar with how it works.

    One very helpful tool within Tailwind are Tribes. Tribes are basically communities of like-minded people all helping one another share pins to boost exposure. There seems to be more skin-in-the-game with Tailwind Tribes versus Pinterest group boards. I have found Tribes to be very niched while group boards tend to hold sections of all kinds of different topics. To maximize my reach, I use both.

    When joining Tribes, be sure to follow the Tribe rules. You’ll get the most of Tribes and will avoid being removed from a Tribe. Remember, pin more from others than you are pinning.

    Here are some great tribes to join:

    Bloggers Killin It on Pinterest

    Blogging Friends Pins

    Entrepreneurs & Coaches

    Female Digital Nomads

    Small Business

    Remember above when I recommended checking where the pin takes you when repining from others? When using Tailwind, you have to first schedule your pin, then hop over to your scheduled pins and click on it from there to see where it goes. While Tailwind is extremely helpful, also be sure to pin manually here and there throughout the day. Remember, Pinterest wants to see you active ON Pinterest.

    Another time-saving tool within Tailwind is the Board Lists. You create a board and put all similar Pinterest group boards onto that board. This allows you to schedule your pin to all of those related boards at the same time. Here is one of my Board Lists:

    Tailwind Entrepreneur Blogging Board

    Now, if I want to schedule from my drafts the pin for this blog to all of those Pinterest group boards, I simply select the board list name, “Entrepreneur & Blogging Board” then click “Add to Queue.”

    Tailwind Schedule Pin Boards Lists

    Tailwind will tell you what Pinterest group boards you have already pinned that pin to by showing you a little exclamation point and putting a box around that group. As we don’t want to spam our groups with the same pins, you can easily click the the, “x” to remove that board.

    Tailwind Entrepreneur Blogging Board Already Pinned

    Now that you have removed the boards (see the green circle with the check mark?) you don’t want to spam, you can schedule your pin to be pinned. And, because you also don’t want to post the same pin to all Pinterest group boards at the same time, you can click on the, “Use Interval” button.

    Tailwind Schedule Pin Boards Lists Use Interval

    A menu will open where you can use Tailwind’s pre-selected, “Open Time Slots” or you can click, “Optimized” and see if you like those options better. Once you’re settled, click the, “Set Interval” button and your pin will go your Pinterst group boards at different times on different days. And if you’ve got something you need to go out on a specific day at a specific time, just click on, “Exact.”

    Tailwind Schedule Pin Boards Lists Set Interval

     

    4)     HAVE A BLOG

    No matter what kind of coach you are, write a blog.

    Provide value, entertainment, and always have a call-to-action for your ideal clients. Make sure to include a beautifully branded, vertical, Pinterest-worthy graphic. The optimal size in 2018 appears to be 600 pixels x 1,260 pixels. Make sure your blog title is rich with SEO keywords to boost your chances of being found.

    Have affiliate links in your blogs as a way to bring passive income into your business. When you leave that steady corporate paycheck behind, you’re going to need to bring revenue into your business in a variety of ways. To remain legally compliant, you must always include a statement (see mine at the bottom) that you have affiliate links in your post.

    One easy affiliate to have is Amazon. Here is an example for you, check out my Empowerment Book of the Week Blog. In it, I have links to books my ideal clients can buy on Amazon. You pay the same price you would regardless of my affiliate link, but Amazon pays me a small commission for sending you there to buy.

    See what I did there? 😊 I kept you looking at my content AND I brought you to a blog post with affiliate links to Amazon. So, two things happened: 1) if you’re not my ideal client, hopefully I’ve still helped you in some way and may make a small commission if you choose to purchase a book and 2) if you ARE my ideal client, I’ve given you value by bringing you to a blog with tons of excellent books and I’ve brought you to my website where you can have a look around to see if you want to get any of my fabulous products or decide if you want to work with me.

     

    5)       PINTEREST STRATEGY

    Pinterest is a long-term strategy for the growth and success of your business so you can work towards leaving your 9-to-5 job. Start out by implementing some of the tips I’ve shared here. Check your Pinterest analytics from time to time to see what things are working for you and what things are not. From there, you can improve your profile, your boards, and the quality of your pins.

    Pinterest Analytics

    Click on the, “More >” to drill down and see what pins are doing well, who is looking at them, where they are located, and so much more. Use the information here to analyze your pins, boards, visitors, etc. and from there, you can tweak your strategy.

    Pinterest Analytics Expanded

    If you have the time, comment on pins from influencers in your niche. This will increase your visibility. If people comment on your pins, be sure to comment back…this helps to build your know-like-trust factor.

    I always tell my clients that Pinterest should be their main platform when creating their social media strategy. Again, because 1) it’s FREE, 2) it functions as a search engine, 3) the reach you can get is phenomenal, 4) you can automate it easily with Tailwind, and…5) YOUR PIN NEVER DIES (like your posts do on other platforms once everyone else piles on top).

    Your “monthly views” indicates how many people your pins are reaching. For me, that number is WAY more than any of my other platforms…combined! While the monthly views number can feel impressive, it’s important to note that your followers are also very important. When your followers engage with your content, your pins get an extra boost from Pinterest as being valuable content.

    So, make Pinterest the first thing you set up and then pick either Facebook or Instagram as your second focus. Be cautious not to try to be active on ALL social media platforms. You’ll end up burnt out and not truly serving any one platform well. {cough, cough…raises hand}

    From time to time, go through your pins and boards and clean things up. Make boards secret if you haven’t pinned to them in a while. Check your pins to make sure links are active and lead people to the right place. Delete pins that no one is looking at or sharing.

    Here’s a look at what following these steps has done for me. In one week, I more than doubled my Pinterest traffic from 21.4K monthly views to 49.9K monthly views. The picture on the left was captured on 7/24 and the picture on the right was captured on 7/31.

    Pinterest Growth

    UPDATE: And by 8/15, I grew to 67.4K monthly viewers… Pinterest-Growth as of 8-15-18

    Now, does that mean that all of those 67.4K monthly viewers are my ideal clients? Of course not, but even if only 1% are, I’ll take it!

    Above all, make sure you’re pining content that your ideal client NEEDS. Show her how much value you’re giving her for free that will help her decide to work with you on a paid basis. Your Pinterest strategy is ALL about serving your ideal client and helping her find you.

    For more helpful business tips and value-packed pins, follow me on Pinterest!

    I hope you have found this post incredibly helpful!! If you have, please pin it and share it with your friends! THANKS SO MUCH!

    Be empowered,

    P.S. Are YOU playing small as an entrepreneur? Find out by taking my FREE QUIZ.

     

    P.P.S. There are affiliate links in here. If you choose to purchase using these links, I will receive a small commission. So, I thank you!! See full disclaimer.

  • 5 Things to do Before You Leave Your 9-to-5 5 Things to do Before You Leave Your 9-to-5

    5 Things to do Before You Leave Your 9-to-5

     

    I know it. I’ve been there.

    Slumped on the bathroom floor, crying so hard that no sound was coming out of my mouth. Tears burning my swelling eyes. Pain in the pit of my stomach. Crying out, “Why?!?!”

    The phrase, “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” popped into my head. And I shouted to God, “I can’t handle ANY MORE!!!!!”

    This is the state my corporate job put me into. Cortisol pulsing through me. Mental and physical anguish tearing me apart.

    EVERY SINGLE DAY I wanted to quit. Just leave. Walk away and never look back.

    But I didn’t.

    I knew that if I didn’t have a strategy in place for my online coaching business, I would fail as an entrepreneur and be in an even worse place in my life than I was working my corporate job.

    And because I want YOU to success in your business, I’m sharing with you the 5 things you need to do before you leave your 9-to-5 job.

     

    This post will guide you through the top 5 things you need to do before you quit your 9-to-5 corporate job. Inspiration and ideas for female entrepreneurs and girl bosses building startups. #Leave9-5 #Leave9to5 #Escape9to5 #GirlBoss #BossBabe #Entrepreneur #SmallBusiness #Coach #DebbieCromack #Mindset

     

    1.      Start Your Coaching Business

    Quite likely, you have already felt your passion calling you…pulling on you…pushing you. Maybe fear gremlins have got you and you’re worried you don’t know what to do. Or maybe, you’re hearing an old belief in your head that’s telling you, “You’re not good enough.” And think, “But I’m not ready yet.”

    Here’s what I want you to do…START.

    You ARE good enough and you will figure out what to do.

    Starting your online coaching business now will help you build the foundation of your business so when you ARE ready to leave your day job, you already have things well under way.

    If you’re feeling uncertain about your abilities, start out by coaching for free! Doing this will build your confidence and help you create a structure for your coaching program. Start with a 3-month period and see how it goes. Your clients will be thrilled and they may even turn into paying clients!!! Plus, this will give you a feel for the work you believe you want to do and solidify whether or not it IS truly what you want to do. Practicing your skills through free coaching will help improve your confidence and make you feel more empowered in your abilities as a coach.

    If you work in an office, working your online business from home will be quite a change. Yes, working from home comes with some nice perks, like working in your jammies if you want and doing laundry during the day. It also comes with freedom and flexibility that are very tempting to slip into becoming unmotivated and maybe even lazy. Being able to work from home and be your own boss, building a successful business, takes discipline and self-motivation.

    And remember, being an entrepreneur is not a get-rich-quick kind of thing. When you make the decision to run an online business, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. You need to be committed for the long haul. Building the kind of business and life you want is an investment of time, money, effort, and energy. So, starting your “side hustle” while you’re still working your day job will give you a good taste of what’s to come. Because success does NOT happen overnight.

     

    2.     Get Your Finances in Order

    If you’ve been following me for a while, you know about the financial mess I made (and why) of my life in my youth AND how I’ve managed to pay off two huge loans and my credit card. You can check out THIS BLOG to read more about it. This life experience is what helped me realize the importance of getting your finances in order BEFORE you leave your corporate job.

    You want to create a profit and loss statement where you detail everything you’re spending on your business and everything you’re making from your business. Create a budget for yourself of where you want to invest your money. Think about things like hiring a coach, attending networking events, buying tools and systems to support your business, get a separate cell phone for your business (versus your corporate job).

    I always recommend starting three different accounts at your bank: 1) emergency fund, 2) short term fund, and 3) long term fund. At BARE MINIMUM, you want to create the emergency fund. This account will be where you build your nest-egg of at least 6 months’ worth of money that will allow you pay all of your minimum living expenses for those months when your income from your business dips. Because, you know, when you leave that steady paycheck behind, your income will likely vacillate, especially in the first few years.

    Use your corporate paycheck to 1) fund your business in the beginning and 2) create an emergency fund. Not making enough money in your business is one of the biggest things that can cause you to want to quit. Take steps NOW to alleviate the stress of not having enough money to pay your bills by building a stash of money.

     

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    3.     Hire a Coach

    Because the online world and becoming an entrepreneur is so vastly different from working in corporate America, you won’t know what you’re doing in the beginning. And that’s okay, none of us did! 😊 As you’re thinking about your finances and setting yourself a budget for where your money is going, I highly recommend you work in money to hire a coach.

    A coach will help you learn what you need to know in order to build your successful, profitable business. I urge you to take your time in hiring a coach. This person is someone you want to follow for a while to get a feel for her, what she offers, her work ethic, her vibe, the results she’s gotten for her clients, and more. She is someone you want to resonate with, who you trust, and who you KNOW will help you propel forward in your business. You will be paying her money to do her job…make sure she’s the right person for you.

     

    4.     Create a Business Plan

    Your “side hustle” is a business. You want to treat it like one.

    Create a business plan. Be sure to include your…

    ·         “Why” behind your business.

    ·         Mission, vision, goals.

    ·         Ideal client / target market. What her pain points are. How you solve them.

    ·         Action plan for bringing income into your business: all the things you plan to offer (one-on-one coaching, group coaching, courses, books, retreats, webinars, podcasts, etc.), including their prices.

    ·         Best projections of your profit and loss statement, including budgeting for hiring a coach, hiring a virtual assistant (VA), attending events or masterminds, paying for systems, etc.

    ·         Strategy to make it all happen.

    Remember, your business is a long-term plan for your life, not a fantasy of fast, easy money. In the beginning, it’s a lot of work and will take dedication. Once you find your groove, you’ll begin to create the balance you so desire in your life.

     

    5.     Reprogram Your Mindset for Success

    I’ve saved this one for last because it is the MOST IMPORTANT.

    You did all the “right” things, what you were “supposed to do.” You went to college, got a “safe and secure” 9-to-5 job in corporate America with a 401K, pension, and benefits, maybe you even got your MBA like I did. You ALSO, ended up miserable, stressed out, unhealthy, having NO balance in life, and no social life because all you do is work your tail off to make someone you don’t even know rich.

    Finally, you started to wonder, “Is this really it? This is what I have to look forward to for the rest of my life?” Through the anxiety that has you feeling overwhelmed and suffocated every…single…day, you felt a pull to do something more with your life. You had a desire to truly help people and do work that is meaningful and valuable, to make an impact on this world.

    And so, you started your business. Like most of us, you likely started out as a solopreneur…you know, you are the CEO of your business…and you’re the assistant, and the technology person creating your website, and figuring out social media, and creating content for your clients, and trying to figure out how to be a master at marketing, and building relationships, and perfecting your selling skills…you’re doing it ALL.

    And yet…your business isn’t flourishing. The clients are non-existent…and so is your income. All you’re doing is investing with no return on your investment. You start to doubt yourself, your fear gremlins are biting at you, you wonder if everyone was right, that “you’re not good enough” and “you’ll never make a living being a coach.” You feel deflated, defeated, and you want to give up.

    Your fabulous business that you created to help others create the lives of their dreams while creating the life of your dreams feels like it’s slipping away.

    IT DOESN’T HAVE TO!!!

    What I learned on my own journey is that the mindset of a successful woman in corporate America is VERY different than the mindset of a successful female entrepreneur. Without creating a mindset ready to propel into growth and success, the rest simply doesn’t matter.

    Get yourself on the right path NOW and start reprogramming your mindset to serve you instead of hold you back. And if you’re struggling, mindset and empowerment are my specialty; reach out to me HERE and let’s chat about the possibility of working together so we can get you on your way to building that fabulous business you desire and you’re worthy of!

     

    And you can finally escape your 9-to-5 prison!

     

    Be empowered,

    P.S. Are you playing small as an entrepreneur? Read 3 Ways to Know if You’re Playing Small as an Entrepreneur.

     

    P.P.S. For more helpful tips and inspiration, follow me on Pinterest!

  • 3 Ways to Know if You're Playing Small as an Entrepreneur 3 Ways to Know if You’re Playing Small as an Entrepreneur

    3 Ways to Know if You’re Playing Small as an Entrepreneur

     

    You’ve had enough and you’re fed up with your 9-to-5 job. You are tired of working your tail off to make someone other than you rich.

     

    You have a burning desire to do work that is meaningful and valuable and make an impact on this world. You know you are meant for more in this life and you’re determined to go after it.

     

    You know you want to be your own boss and have the freedom to make your own schedule and call the shots. And you are soooo you ready to open yourself up to unlimited financial freedom.

     

    So, you made the decision to escape your dreaded 9-to-5 prison and become an online entrepreneur. You’ve been very successful in your corporate job and you know you have what it takes to run a successful coaching business.

     

    Sadly, your business isn’t taking off. And you can’t figure out WHY!

     

    You may be asking yourself a question like I asked myself…“I’m a smart person. I graduated cum laude, I have my MBA, I’ve been working at my current job in a Fortune 100 company for 16 years. WHY am I having such a hard time getting my business off the ground?!?!”

     

    RELATED: Corporate America to Entrepreneur

     

    Quite likely, you’re playing small as an entrepreneur and you don’t even realize it.

     

    You’ve had enough and you’re fed up with your corporate 9-to-5 job. Find out if you're playing small and learn how to change that so you can quit your job and thrive as an entrpreneur. Inspiration and ideas for female entrepreneurs and girl bosses building startups. #Leave9-5 #Leave9to5 #Escape9to5 #GirlBoss #BossBabe #Empowerment #SmallBusiness #Mindset #DebbieCromack

     

    Here Are Three Ways to Know if You’re Playing Small as an Entrepreneur

     

    1)       SELF-SABOTAGE

    A lot of times, when we make the transition from the corporate world to the online world, we feel like imposters. By that I mean that we often feel like either we don’t know what we’re doing or people will think we don’t know what we’re doing. We have certain skill sets and knowledge that helped us to do our 9-to-5 jobs very well and made us successful. However, those skill sets and knowledge don’t always transfer over to the online world. In fact, they probably have nothing to do with knowing how to be the kind of coach you want to be.

     

    So, what happens? Fear sets in. Your subconscious (and incorrect) beliefs tell you you’re “not good enough” or that people will think you’re a fraud. You’ll feel like you’re failing. And what you end up doing is hiding and making yourself invisible so no one will see your flaws.

     

    Yeah, self-sabotage will definitely bump you off your path to being a successful female entrepreneur.

     

    2)      COMPARISONITIS

    Ah, comparisonitis; a killer of success.

     

    When we get into the online space and realize we have a lot to learn, we do research…lots of research. We basically become human search engines. And we join Facebook groups with like-minded people, we follow people on Instagram who are in our coaching niche, we check out YouTube for “How to…” videos of becoming a successful entrepreneur, and we may even hop over to Pinterest to follow some of the top influencers in the field we want to coach in. All excellent data points and ways to learn and get ideas and inspiration.

     

    Also, fabulous ways to bring our fears to the surface and let those comparison gremlins come stomping on us. You may look around and think, “Ugh, there are so many women already doing what I want to do and coaching about exactly what I want to coach about.” Or, “My field is saturated with women who are already crushing it. I’ll never be noticed.”

     

    From there, you may go down the awful road of, “What was I thinking?! I can’t do this. I’ll never be successful as an entrepreneur.” What happened is that you compared yourself to people who have been in the online space for a long time and have built their businesses through years of hard work. You wonder how you’ll ever be “like them” and end up overwhelmed and completely deflated.

     

    3)       MINDSET

    To me, mindset is the biggest thing standing in the way of your success. According to William Wood, 90% of a person’s success is based on mindset. That’s HUGE!

     

    Yup, there are other steps on the path to success, but if your mindset is in the pooper, those steps don’t matter.

     

    You have to get your mindset knowing your worth and ready for growth.

     

    What took me a while to realize was that, while I was quite successful at academia and in corporate America, my mindset was not geared for success as a female entrepreneur. WOAW!!!

     

    I realized that my sense of value and worth came from a VERY different place in order to be successful in school and in my job. They came mostly from EXTERNAL sources.

     

    And in order to be successful as an entrepreneur, my worth had to come from an INTERNAL source…my mindset. This was NOT a concept I understood at the time.

     

    What I DID know was that I didn’t TRULY feel worthy of the successful business I was trying to build. I didn’t feel like I was ever going to be a good enough coach. I didn’t feel like I deserved the happy life I wanted. My ego was trying to “protect” me…but I didn’t know this back then. I just knew I felt completely unworthy of everything I wanted and was working so hard for. In truth, what I ended up learning, is that my ego was keeping me from all the things I desired.

     

    Maybe you’re feeling exactly the same way right now.

     

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    For me, I had to take a step back and take a good…long…deep…painful…look into my soul to understand what was holding me back. In the online space, you’ve likely heard this referred to as having a “block” of some kind. I don’t like to think of it as a block. To me that’s like envisioning a brick wall standing in the way of my progress. A wall that I’ve basically given all my power to and expect someone to come along and tear down for me. Saying we have a “block” kind of gives us an excuse for not being able to move forward.

     

    I like to think of this “block” in terms of awareness instead. When we become aware, we own the responsibility for our own healing and forward movement. Yes, working with a coach is helpful, but ultimately, it is YOU who must do the work. And look, doing mindset work isn’t always easy. But, I can assure you, it’s sooooooo worth it!

     

    When your mindset is structured for growth and success, you will be unstoppable. Self-sabotage becomes a thing of the past. Comparisonitis fades away and you realize you don’t want to be like anyone else; you want to be fabulous YOU! And you recognize your worth and the fact that you can DO and BE anything you want in this life. Your empowerment is your solution and reprogramming your mindset (more scientifically known as neuroplasticity) is the key to unlocking the answers of how to unleash your success.

     

    Have you had enough of spinning your wheels? Are you ready for forward-propulsion and YOUR kind of success?

     

    Are you ready to shift your mindset, own your worth, and build your successful coaching business…and be a powerhouse female entrepreneur? HECK YEAH??!!

     

    Then take my FREE QUIZ and find out if you’re playing small as an entrepreneur…AND HOW TO FIX IT!

     

    Be empowered,

     

    P.S. Do you know the 5 key things you need to do before you leave your 9-to-5? Read 5 Things to do Before You Leave Your 9-to-5.

     

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  • 8 Online Female Entrepreneurs YOU NEED TO FOLLOW 8 Online Female Entrepreneurs YOU NEED TO FOLLOW

    Jumping into the online space from your corporate job is exciting, exhilarating, scary, terrifying, confusing, and overwhelming. Learn from these 8 powerhouse women so you can thrive in your online coaching business and learn how to quit your job. #Entrepreneur #Empowerment #Business #Startup #Mindset #GirlBoss Repin it!

     

    8 Online Female Entrepreneurs YOU NEED TO FOLLOW

     

    “Empowered Women, Empower Women”

     

    Jumping into the online space from the corporate world is exciting, exhilarating, scary, terrifying, confusing, and overwhelming.

     

    It’s hard to know where to start, what to do, what’s important, and how to prioritize.

     

    I’m a big fan of supporting women and shining light on those who are crushing it in this space and making a massive impact in the way of truly helping others.

     

    These eight powerhouse women are women I admire because of their incredibly giving nature and desire help others achieve their own success as well as their ability to continue to grow their businesses.

     

    Through following and connecting with them, you will learn business tips, marketing savvy, selling techniques that feel good, how to uniquely brand yourself, mindset tools, self-care ideas, how to focus in on things that keep your business moving forward, and so many ways to succeed through simplicity. These phenomenal women will keep you feeling uplifted, motivated, and inspired!

     

    Remember that you are important. Your dreams matter. Be true to yourself and you’ll attract the right people to you. Nourish your body. Fuel your mindset. Let your empowerment guide you. And always let your light shine!

     

    Here are the amazing women I want to introduce you to:

     

    1)       Lacey Sites, A Lit Up Life. Lacey is a Business Mentor and Success Coach for high-performing women entrepreneurs. Her investment in the success of her clients is seen through her Lit Up Partnership where the only way she makes money is when her clients make money. She teaches you how sell in a value-centered way that feels good to YOU. And her MSE framework guides you to discovering where your business needs help.

     

    2)       Adrienne Dorison. What a giver this woman is!!! Adrienne is a Business Consultant who is obsessed with helping businesses get double the results in half the time. Why??? Because one of her business strategies is that when you earn more, you can give more back to the world. She has created the Strategic Growth Initiative to help you get laser-focused and work ON your business versus IN your business.

     

    3)       Kathrin Zenkina, Manifestation Babe. If you’re ready to manifest the life of your wildest dreams, Kathrin is your gal! She is a best-selling author, manifesting expert, success strategist, and mindset coach for spiritual entrepreneurs. She hosts the free, highly-engaged Facebook group, Manifestation Babes. And her services range from her books to her e-courses to her VIP MB Tribe group program to her breath-taking and powerful retreats in Bali. This girl will turn you into a manifesting master!!

     

    4)      Angie Lee. Angie is high-vibe hysterical! She describes herself as a health coach turned biz mentor, 7-figure organic marketing unicorn, and serial entrepreneur. Her gift is helping women build insane confidence, master their marketing, and monetize their passion online. She runs a top-rated podcast called, The Angie Lee Show where she dishes out tons and tons of valuable information. If you’re struggling to narrow down your business niche, her course, Niche to Sell, is on point and what you need!

     

    5)       Stacy Tuschl, She’s Building Her Empire. Stacy is a High-Performance Coach and Business Mentor who helps you build a profitable and sustainable empire! She coaches purpose-driven female entrepreneurs on how to break through their challenges, operate at their highest potential, and create self-sustaining businesses – without sacrificing their family. Stacy hosts the She’s Building Her Empire podcast where she covers all things business from mindset to productivity to branding to 7-figure business systems and strategies. She’s one to check out!

     

    6)      Michelle Lewis, Visibility Vixen. Do you want to get visible online so you can expand your reach and explode your business? Michelle is the vixen for you! She is THE Visibility Expert who specializes in helping you skyrocket your visibility, monetize your success, and bring your unique message into the online space. Michelle assists you in landing press for your brand through her programs, Visibility Vault and Visible Press. She is the host of The Visible Entrepreneur podcast and Facebook group where she drops tons of value.

     

    7)       Kezia Luckett, Women of Contribution. Kezia is a Global Positive Mindset Coach, international best-selling author, motivational speaker, and the CEO and trailblazer behind the Women of Contribution Movement. As a coach, Kezia works one-on-one with her clients to help them release the blocks that hold them back in business and life so they can create the health, wealth, and happiness they deserve in every area of their lives, as well as inspire women to follow their true purpose and share their gifts with the world because she is a firm believer that every woman can leave an impactful footprint on the world.

     

    8)      Debbie Cromack (that’s me!!), Emerge Empowerment. I’m a corporate lackey turned renegade to become an inspirational Empowerment and Mindset Coach. I help female 9-to-5ers become aware of what is preventing you from success, release it, and propel forward in your businesses so you can break free from your corporate prison, have time-freedom, and realize unlimited financial freedom. I provide one-on-one coaching and I host the Emerging Empowered Entrepreneurs Facebook group. My motto is: “Girls, we are so much better and stronger…TOGETHER.”

     

    I hope you found a powerhouse female entrepreneur here in the list to connect with. Follow them on social media, join their Facebook groups, and learn from them. And to fuel your learning about how to succeed in this online world, check out my blog The 5 Best Books for New Female Entrepreneurs.

     

    Take my FREE QUIZ to find out if you’re playing small as an entrepreneur. And if you’re wondering if you’d like to work with me, set up a discovery call and let’s chat!

     

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    Be YOU in everything you do!

     

    Be empowered,