I’ve Moved!

Well, I didn’t move, but my blog did.  The Diva Blog has been upgraded and is now self-hosted.  So, I personally invite you to visit my new location at

http://BriefcaseDiva.com

And, join me every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. EST for DivaTalkRadio.

http://DivaTalkRadio.com

Thank you for following my blog and I look forward to seeing you at my new location.

Until next time…wear you heels well!

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Recession Proof Your Business!

Since having pneumonia and basically bedridden over the last three weeks, sick_womanI’ve slowed down just long enough to reevaluate various aspects of my business.  A lot of times we get so busy that we do not take the time to see what is working or not working in our businesses.  We neglect to strategically position ourselves to maximize the outcome of our ventures.

For me, I am notorious for just doing things for clients out of the goodness of my heart and not charge for the work I’ve done.  On a giving note…kudos for me! However, on a strategic note to build my business’ financial independence…shame on me!  More than not, the client did not even understand or appreciate how much time it took me to do this “freebie” for him/her but now expects it more and more.

Before you throw darts at me and say “well, you should freely give of dartsyourself.”  I agree with that statement to a certain degree.  Yes, I am a very giving person and I DO give of myself…more than I would like to admit. I believe in “paying it forward.” However, let’s put things into perspective. Here are my top three priorities:

  • Faith
  • Family
  • Career

Stay with me because what I’m about to tell you will all come together in a few minutes.  This is some powerful stuff, so get ready!

The more I freely give of myself to others in my business, the less I’m going to have to give to my family.  Wow, that’s a bold statement!  Yes, it is…let me break it down even further for you.

Bottom line, I’m in business to make money.  That’s how I feed my family.  That’s how I pay my bills. That’s how I can keep my kids in the latest fashion fad.  That’s how I can take my family on killer vacations.  That’s how I can…well, you get the point.

Business is business and that’s where my income is derived.  It just so happens that I love what I do which makes me very good at it.  I love my job plan and simple!  It’s fun when I come up with an idea which makes me start rocking in my chair and don’t stop until I have a perfect plan for that idea.  It’s awesome, it’s incredible…and I just love it. I could not ask for a better job, business, career or whatever you want to call it.

So you get the point that I love what I do for a living.  Furthermore, I also love my family and my faith.  My family survives on my business.  My faith survives on my business in terms of tithing and offerings.  Now, if I give and give and give in my business…then how am I going to be able to give to my family or faith?  If I’m doing things for free, when I should absolutely be charging a client…how am I going to pay my bills?  How am I going to buy my son the Xbox 360 that he wants so badly?  How am I going to give to the missionary that I want to financially support?

You see, when you give too freely in your business, you are taking away from other more important priorities in your life.

So Kelli, are you telling me NOT to give anything away to my clients?  Absolutely not! I’m not telling you that at all. What I am telling you is to make a plan, a budget if you will, of just how much time you are willing to give away in 2009. Only you can determine how much time you can afford to give away.  If you are willing to give away 5 hours or 10 hours a month to help someone, then budget it and stick to that amount. For my business giving away 5-10 hours a month means that I will not be bringing in $500-1000 a month.  Wow, that’s a healthy chunk of change!

I’ve got a solution!

Here’s what you do, sit down and make a monthly budget on how much your business currently brings in, how much your business needs to bring in on a monthly basis, how much you would like to see your business bring in on a monthly basis and then how much your business can afford to give away on a monthly basis.  I want YOU to shine in 2009 and a way to start is to strategically plan.

Right now I am forming a small mastermind group called Strategy for Prosperity. If you would like to learn more about this mastermind group and possibly become a member, leave me a comment.  Be sure to tell me why you would like to be a member of this exclusive mastermind group. I’ll send you information just as soon as I have it all put together.  Some exciting things are going to happen in 2009.  Are you ready?

Until next time…wear your heels well!

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Creating an Effective Business Plan – A 4-Part Series Radio Show

I am so excited about our upcoming 4-part series on creating an effective business plan.  Wednesday, November 26th, I will be hosting Part 1 of a 4-part series on Diva Talk Radio.

One of the best things that you can do for yourself, prior to starting a business, is to sit down and write your business plan.  However, if you’re already in business, it’s not to late to plan for the future of your business.

A business plan will help you gain focus and think through each aspect of your business. It will also help you remain focused when you get discouraged or feel overwhelmed. You can figure out how to deal with possible problems before they occur.

I have put together an Action Guide for you to use during our talk show.  At the end of the four weeks, you will have completed an entire business plan that you can start to utilize immediately. Be sure to sign up for the Action Guide by going to http://www.BriefcaseDiva.com.  Once you sign up, we’ll email to you the first part of the Action Guide.

So join us as we explore and create an effective road map to your business’ success.  We’ll see you Wednesday!

Until next time…wear your heels well!

Kelli Claypool
http://BriefcaseDiva.com
http://DivaDomainSolutions.com

http://blogtalkradio.com/divatalkradio

Get Your Game-face On!

I’m sitting at the football field watching my son practice for his next game (actually I’m doing more “parent” watching than anything).  He’s one of the bigger boys on his team…solid as a rock.  With his long blond hair flowing under his helmet, I just grin in admiration because he’s so darn cute in his uniform.  When he’s on the field, he’s totally into the game.  When he is told to tackle, he’s determined to take down his opponent.  When told to run the ball, he does it with such force and without hesitation.  He completely has on his game-face when on the field. 

As business owners, that’s how we need to approach our business.  When working on a project, we are to stay focused and determined.  When talking with a client, we are to have our game-face on.  There is nothing more discouraging to a client then to be given excuses of why a project has not been completed on time.  If you know in advance that you will not meet your deadline, you owe it to your client to be upfront and honest with him/her.  Just like my son owes it to his teammates to be totally in the game, you owe it to your client to be completely and 100% into his/her project.  The client isn’t interested in the piles of laundry that you have yet to get done or that your dog has diarrhea.  Keep your game-face on and stay on task. Having a personal business relationship with your client is a wonderful thing to have.  Get to know your client.  What are their favorite foods, favorite color, any kids, school alumni, etc.  By knowing this information, it allows for a great working relationship and a fantastic marketing tool to boot.  However, know more about your client personally than he or she knows personal about you.  Remember it is not about YOU, it is all about your client.

So, I’d like to know what you do to stay focused and on task for your clients.  How do you keep your clients updated on the progress of their projects?  How and when do you stay in touch with your clients?  You’re comments will assist other work-at-home business owners succeed in their businesses.  Thank you in advance for your willingness to help others succeed.  Pay it forward, so to speak!

Until next time…wear your heels well!

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Status Update – Working on my website!

Good morning friends. I’m working on my website today. Make the best of your day today! Enjoy!

Dimples and Toolbelts…Oh my!

Girlfriends, to be a true DIVA you have to be able to do a lot of things.  One of my greatest passions are  POWER TOOLS.  Yes, I do have a hot pink toolbelt with matching hot pink stilettos!  Did you think any differently?  Every opportunity that I get to watch “Cool Tools” on HGTV, I do.  Well, in one particular episode the host talked about a new tool called “The Stiletto Dimpler“.  Needless to say, that name alone caught my attention.  Any tool that has “stiletto” in it’s name…I’ve got to have!

The tool is pretty cool in that when removing a nail from a piece of wood, the Stiletto Dimpler puts an indented ring around the nail head so that the nail can be removed without splintering the wood.  It’s a neat tool with a DIVA name…I like that!

http://store.stilettotools.com/Detail.bok?no=52

So for all you toolbelt divas out there, check out this tool.  Also, send us a comment on what tool you like, we would like to hear from you!

Until next time…wear your heels well!

Raw Meat Makes Me Want To Throw-Up!

The other day I was talking to my stepmom who is as southern as they come.  She loves working outside in her garden, loves horses, and is just an all around wonderful lady.  Well, during our conversation, she told me that a family would be dropping off some chickens so I assumed that she was going to start raising chickens.  That was not the case!  The family was dropping the chickens off so that she could ring their necks and pluck them!  All I can say is…..G-R-O-S-S!!  Just the thought of it makes me want to throw-up!! While I love meat and will not turn down a good steak, I cannot look at raw meat.  Just being in the meat section, at a local grocery store, grosses me out!

This past Monday (Memorial Day), I thought that I would be a good wife and make dinner for my darling hubby.  Afterall, he does ALL of the cooking as I was not made to be in the kitchen.  Let’s just say the fire department is on speed dial when I try to cook.  It’s not pretty!  Anyway, back to my story, I decided that I was going to make a pork roast in the crockpot…not hard, right?  Well, it was because I had to handle the raw meat!  So, I put on a pair of rubber gloves and goggles and proceeded to wash the meat, put a pork rub on it and placed it in the crockpot. 

This was all done, of course, in a lovely pair of pink stilettos!

My husband thought I was crazy, but got a good laugh while watching me attempt to make him dinner.  He especially got a thrill out of the rubber gloves and goggles.  Hey, a diva has got to protect herself, right?  I gladly turned the kitchen back over to him on Tuesday!!

So girlfriend, try something new today.  Just remember to wear your high-heels and definitely wear gloves…you don’t want to get your hands dirty and ruin those lovely nails!!

Until next time…wear your heels well!!

www.BriefcaseDiva.com (it’s almost ready for its launch!)

 

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