First and foremost think of using credit cards like a game because it is a game. The credit card company’s ideal customer is one who racks up their credit card with no wiggle room left. And then the credit card company or bank makes a lot of money off of the person who has maxed out their card or who never pays down their balance. Add on whopping interest fees and various surcharges and the game is in full swing!
Now the person becomes the pawn in the game of kings and never seems to be able to make a dent in their outstanding balance. You know that awful feeling of being buried and you can’t get out? 🙂
In the above case you are losing the game so if you want to win the game this is what you need to do.
Enter into the game knowing that it is a game and that you want to win. 🙂 A credit card can be a good servant if used wisely and a bad master when not used wisely. To start playing the game to win you want to research and find the best card with the best perks that are to your liking and will give you the most benefit.
Go into the game knowing that you are only in it for 2 reasons A) You want to master a stellar credit rating to set you up for future borrowing if and when you need it to acquire things like a house or business and B) To take advantage of the perks and to NOT pay any interestbut to enJOY the perks and maximize!
So the bottom line is that you must pay your card off in full every month! Do this as a strategy to win. Even if you get a credit card with a small credit limit like $1000 or $500… purposely get one for this reason and put charges on it and pay it off every month. This will help to land you a great credit rating and get you knowing how to play the game to win.
I hope that you found this helpful and I will be writing again in the future with more tips around credit cards and finance.
Here is a picture of me next to the lake where I grew up in a little tiny town in Northwestern Ontario called Kashabowie.
I posted this picture on Facebook the other day and had well over 100 Likes and Comments.
This morning while scrolling through Facebook I saw a business post in a group asking what type of content gets them the most engagement? People were answering with things like ‘My Facebook Lives’, ‘My cute cat pictures’, etc. And I responded with this: Authentically sharing parts of my life and living…. like recently the picture of me when I was 2
And this is true my friends! I have been a social media person for many years now and I coach on social media and what I have found to be the best content for engagement is the stuff that is the real deal. That is what inspires people.
People want to get to know the real person and the person or people behind the brand.
Yesterday in the blogging class that I am teaching we came up with a term for this. We called it “Human Centered”.
When someone sends me a friend request and they are say a Business Coach or a Brand and I look at their wall or content and all I see is ‘business stuff’ and no personalization, it is rare that I even accept their connection request. I want to engage with people and to be inspired by them and their life as well as maybe doing business with them in the future.
To me this lifetime is about connecting with each other, inspiring each other and serving each other so that has to be a part of engaging content.
And on the note of INSPIRATION, all content should inspire or make someone feel better in some way. Whether it is bringing a smile to their face or offering a solution to their problem, it should make the feel better.
I hope that you are inspired by this blog today and that you see content in a new way.
I was over on one of my up and coming favorite platform, Alignable, and I love their Advice Section. It is a place where you can ask for or offer advice and today I answered a question about expenses.
The question was: How regularly do you evaluate your expenses? And will you be reviewing them now that it is a New Year and new quarter, etc. And will you be watching your finances?
Here was my answer:
I am a little different. My solution to just about every situation is to “make more money”. So rather than spending a lot of time focusing on where I can cut things out or on what I can change out, I focus on ways to add to my DIS (Diversified Income Streams).
I love to leverage and I leverage my time, my money, and my resources. I do not mind AT ALL paying for tools, education, courses, systems etc. to make my life and work easier. I think that is smart and I invest in myself often. And of course, I will let go of whatever is not working for me or not bringing me JOY in my work and my life.
However, the bulk of my energy goes into being proactive and full speed ahead.
Here is an example.
I love to shop at Winners (The USA Version of TJ Maxx) and they always give me a survey with my receipt with a chance to fill it out to win a prize. I learned quickly that the time it takes me to fill out a survey could be making me money instead so I stopped filling those out.
I see my time as an asset or a liability and that to me is wasting my time and not an asset. Same thing fighting for a $20 or $30 error or charge…. sometimes way too much time and energy and not worth it in the big picture.
When one stops focusing on ‘the lack of money’ in their decisions that is when the big things that are magical can truly happen! 🙂
As to watching my finances, I am going to watch them GROW because that is what I focus on.. abundance and helping others to add more abundance into their lives! 🙂 And I quite like that 🙂
So There You Have It!
That was my answer and is always the way I see things. I remember reading a post on Facebook one time about a person sharing her frustration about not having any more corners to cut in their household budget and they didn’t know what to do to make it work even after credit counselling and all I could think was“have you looked for ways to add in more income?” Was that even put on the table?
Anyhow, I hope that you too learn to focus on diversifying your income and adding in more resources when you need them. It sure helps to take the pressure off. 🙂 And if you need a way, talk to me. I am full of ideas and I am sure one will work for YOU!
Branding is not something you do once. Branding is an ongoing process in your business and also in regard to who you are. Regardless of the size of your business or if you are personally branding yourself as a public figure or not, you are always branding yourself at the same time that you brand your business.
As part of your marketing and branding strategy, every week you could be writing, creating, posting, and sharing content. From blog posts to tweets, from reports and downloads to email messages, you’re communicating with your audience, potential customers, and current customers. You’re sharing a message.And you are branding!
If that message is consistent, then people start to develop trust and expectations. They learn who you are and what you stand for. If your message is inconsistent, then your audience is left confused and unsure of who you are and where you stand. This confusion generally leads to them leaving your fold, or never entering it in the first place.
If you want to attract customers and keep them, your message has to be consistent from message to message and across your content channels. In short, you have to have a brand and that brand has to be communicated clearly and effectively in every piece of content that you share.
A strong and consistent brand provides you with:
A clear message
Clearly, delivers the message
A prospect that is emotionally connected to you, your products, or services.
A motivated buyer
One of my favorite pieces to branding is to Inspire and to offer Inspiration. People making buying decision based on how they ‘feel’ or how a product or service might make them ‘feel’. Therefore, in your branding make sure that you are inspiring people! Make them feel good! If you keep that at the heart and soul of your branding you will excel at branding!
And most of all have FUN with it! 🙂
I hope that you found this helpful and have an AMAZING day!
Failure IS the way to success 🙂 And the sooner we realize it, the faster we get to where we want to go! I don’t even like to call them failures, but more-so discovering ways that are not the best or ideal way which leads me to the VERY BEST WAY to do things. As … Continue reading Just Start Again….
As an Admin of the Social Media Support Group on Alignable I am happy to announce that for the benefit of our members, we will be starting some educational ZOOM webinars and other awesome events. If there is a topic you would like help with please let us know. Our group is growing quickly and … Continue reading Alignable Friends!
Maggie’s 4-Week Blogging Course Overview Maggie does regular blogging classes with small groups of people and here are the details about the classes…. Your Own Blog Up & Running in 4 Weeks Do you have a message to share? Or do you just want to express yourself in some way? Maybe you love to cook and … Continue reading Blogging 101 Class
Increase Creativity We are all creative beings by nature and it seems as though people are awakening to their creative gifts even more so these days. There are two things that I want to talk about today that can help with creativity. First, you need to encourage and foster it and secondly, you need to … Continue reading Increase Your Creativity
I recently switched out one word for a new word and it has made such a difference in my life and work! In fact, I have been teaching it also to my large team of entrepreneurs. You are probably curious as to what the word is so here it goes. The word is ‘INVESTMENT’ verses … Continue reading How Just ONE Word Can Make Such A Difference
This quote reminds me that we all have the same amount of time in a day. It is all how we use it. 🙂 Are you making time for the things that really matter in your life and work? And another thought when it comes to our work especially as entrepreneurs…. “You can make excuses … Continue reading Enough Hours & Too Many Excuses
When is the best time to develop an idea? When it is born! Just like a baby, we need to feed it right away for it to survive and thrive!
Procrastination is like taking the food away from the baby and expecting it to survive. 🙂
As a coach who teaches people about the power of our thoughts, I also know that there is also a component that involves action in order to be successful. We think and develop our thoughts around what we want to manifest or to bring about but we also have to take action.
When we procrastinate we stop the flow and the action process.
What is one area of your life or work that you are procrastinating in? Is there one action that you can take right now after reading this to get the momentum ball rolling once again? It doesn’t have to be a big step just a step. Everything in life starts with the first step.
I am going to publish this blog post and then go follow up with a student of mine from my blogging class to see if they have watched a required video or not yet. That will be my step that I take to get my ball rolling. 🙂
Are you one of those people that believe making money has to come from hard work? If so, you might want to rethink that. Sure we need to put in effort but the belief that making money or amassing wealth is hard is more crippling than the actual effort involved! Here is a great quote … Continue reading Money Comes Easy
Believe in yourself and trust in the process. Trusting is the biggest key to believing in yourself and having success. We just need to trust and not worry about the how’s or the why’s but trust that everything works out for our highest good now and always. And so it is 🙂
I was just working on a FB Ad and thought hey why not share what I did over on my blog also, so here it is. This is about one of my favorite go-to tools and is great for a one-stop resource, especially for those just getting their feet wet when it comes to making … Continue reading Graphics Made Easy!
What is the price of procrastination? It can be very steep as this quote eludes to.
For me my mind and my ‘mind space’ is my workshop where I get things done. I don’t want to use up valuable time in my workshop worrying about things I need to do. I want to use my space for creating my next highest vision for my life or business.
I found this quote to be a good reminder to complete those outstanding tasks and just ‘get em done’ so I can make more room for my new goals and visions.
For 24 Years I have helped entrepreneurs and artists to be successful and to follow their passions!
For 24 years I have mentored eager entrepreneurs and artists who were seeking ways to financially fund and grow their passions and design lives that they love. As many of you know my hot button was to #workandplayfromanywhere and that I do!
Although these days it is pretty much between 3 locations… my lake house on the shores of Lake Superior, my cottage on an inland lake in Northern Ontario, Canada and my home in the city.
What about you? Are you looking to generate an income to fuel YOUR passions, design a live that you love or just to bridge a current financial gap?
Feel free to watch this 8-minute video. This is a fabulous way to tap into the CURRENT TRENDS and to build an online business in today’s economy.
I am proud to share that I have been a successful Unfranchise Owner for 23 years going on 24 years in April! In fact, I am a true Canadian Pioneer with this proven and solid business model.
The company is recognized by the Better Business Bureau and has been awarded the Torch award twice!!!! This award is rare to receive, never mind twice consecutively, and is based on Performance, Trust, and Integrity.
I am also personally proud that Canada recently was awarded Market County of the year!! I love using my 23 years of expert status to help people tap into the power of this powerful business plan suitable for everyone, everywhere. We are a global company that has hit 10 Billion in retail sales.
If you would like more info, please reach out. I’d be happy to share. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY if you know of anyone who might benefit at this time, please share and I would be happy to help them get more information and to mentor them.
Here is the link to the 8-minute video. Trust me it is totally worth spending the time to watch this.
I can’t say enough about blogging! Blogging is good for anyone or any business. Blogging can be educational, interesting, resourceful and FUN!
There are many reasons why a person or a business might want to blog.
Here are 10 reasons to consider blogging….
To Build An Audience
Blogging is a perfect way to build a following and attract an audience. And you can attract a large and varied audience or an audience in a specific niche. For example a blog about your life and life’s experiences might attract a lot of different types of people and followers because they become interested in you and your philosophies and experience.
However, a blog that is business or niche specific might only attract those types of people or consumers looking to connect with that brand or purchase that type of product.
A good blog will let people get to know you and/or your company or business. Relationships are built on trust and integrity and a blog is the perfect way to build this know/like/trust factor quickly.
In 2021 and beyond, building relationships is more important than ever. We are transitioning from an industrial world into more of an information and virtual world and solid relationships that evoke trust are essential.
Create A Warm Market
Blogging allows you to create a warm market with people you have never even met yet and to also foster the relationships that you already have with people or with your current customers.
It is also a great two-way street because you can get to know your audience better by monitoring what they engage with the most when you post and by the comments they leave… a marketer’s dream. 🙂
This is a huge piece to blogging. Blogging is one of the BEST ways to create value with your audience and your potential customers or consumers of your information or your products. In a world of information overload this is KEY. There are very few new products or services out there, so the best way to stand out is to be unique in some way and/or to create value.
Blogging allows you to create tremendous value by offering up a platform to educate, inform, and specifically target any niche or audience that you want to reach. This makes you the blogger, the one in control of the information.
We are all in this world together and the more we support one another and collaborate, the better for all. Blogging is a great way to initiate and source out further opportunities. Through blogging people or companies might find you and want to collaborate or to do a joint venture project of some sort. The potential for opportunities is vast and infinite and is really quite exciting.
Content is King in the internet world today and blogging is a great way to create useful content and content that can be repurposed and reused again and again. For example, I am starting a 4-week blogging course in two days. I will use this blog post in the first class to go over some reasons why it is great to blog and to reinforce their choice to blog through listing the benefits in this very post. I will then send them the link to have for their resources for the course.
I can then take this post and share it over on my other social media platforms and even send it to my email list. I could make a podcast from it and I could also include any form of this blog post in course content for future courses. I could also take quotes from this post and make my own quotes graphics or put some quotes up on Twitter.
I could take the content verbiage and make a video out of it.
This is one of the things that I really love about blogging is that you are never wasting time by blogging because you can use the content over and over and over again. I often send people to my prior blog posts as a resource.
This is especially handy for me when I am asked questions about health. I often send people links to specific posts over on my health and wellness blog at https://maggiesvitamins.blog/ I kind of see this as having a giant online filing cabinets with my documents and resources and they are always accessible and handy.
Tell Your Story
Whether your personal story, or the story of your business or brand, stories are the most effective marketing technique ever. People love stories and they love to know where people have come from. They want to know what inspired you to make changes in your life or what propelled you to start your business. They want to know the human side of it all.
Why? Because we are all human and we relate to others in a human way. Maybe your story is that you were inspired to write a book or to write poems after a life-changing event and your readers have this little spark inside of them and they want to write poetry too! They want to be inspired from YOU! They want to relate to other humans walking the earth. So this is where the stories come in. The stories are the common threads that connect us as humans.
If you want a fast track to marketing at this time in history, it is to inspire people. Selling or marketing through inspiration is the fast track to business growth. People are awakening to their passions and to their desires. DIY projects, cooking, crafting, writing, music, coaching, branding, influencing, education and learning, artistry, personal empowerment, and more, are at all-time high!
Blogging is a sure fire way to offer inspiration and to help people to connect and to fire up their passions and desires. When you or your blog inspires others they connect to you and/or your brand and they trust you for advice and/or potential product recommendations. The key here is to ‘inspire’ people.
Imagine you need heart surgery and you go to the cardiologist and ask him what he thinks about your upcoming procedure. And he says something like “Hmm, geez, I am not quite sure… I hope it goes well but we’ll have to wait and see I guess”.
How does that make you feel? You get the point here. A blog is your opportunity to validate your expertise by sharing what you know. And this is often the biggest obstacle that stops people from blogging in the first place. They underestimate the value in what they do know!
We all know stuff!
Why? Because life has taught us stuff! So simple. Did you ever have a baby? Clean a house? Organize a room? Fix a lawn mower? Etc. Etc. Etc. You get the idea. We all know more about something than someone else who has not yet experienced it and less about other things that some people have experienced that we have not yet. Whew! I hope that one made sense. 🙂
The point is that we can help others by sharing what we do know! 🙂 And a reminder that the human aspect and connection is what we all want so this goes back to telling your story and inspiring others too! The story could be how you never imagined that you could fix your own lawn mower but you watched a video and this is what you learned and you are now sharing it with others! So simple. That is a blog post my friends. 🙂
So now that I started writing this, I realize that I could write way more than 10 reasons for starting a blog, but I will save those for another blog post hee hee.
I hope that you found this helpful and if you or anyone you know would like info about my upcoming blog courses, please reach out. I am good at accommodating people when it comes to times and group sizes.
I would love to hear your comments or thoughts about blogging too! And be sure to have an AMAZING day whenever you are reading this.