Carol is a beast at bringing my vision to life

Finding the right person to support my dream projects hasn't always been easy. That is -- until I connected with...

Wendy Y. Bailey - Master Business Coach, CEC, C.NLP
Income Acceleration Mentor at Business Beyond Limits

playbiggernow2016.com

Web Design, Social Media, Email Marketing
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2016-10-31T14:21:14-04:00

Wendy Y. Bailey - Master Business Coach, CEC, C.NLP
Income Acceleration Mentor at Business Beyond Limits

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Finding the right person to support my dream projects hasn't always been easy. That is -- until I connected with the Online WOW! Strategist, Carol Dunlop. Carol is knowledgeable about her craft and truthful about what can be accomplished within proposed time frames. She is a beast at bringing my vision to life while setting up the right tools to ensure my online success. The project Carol just completed for my live event is absolutely AWESOME! I look forward to our next project. It's because I know without a doubt that NO ONE can translate my vision into reality like Carol. She is truly my Online WOW! Strategist. I highly recommend Carol not just as a web designer but as a consummate professional with the ability to support you in achieving all of your online goals.

Carol and Alvin went above and beyond

I hired Carol Dunlop to design my website because I had no idea about what was needed. Carol really listened...

Betty Humphrey Fowler
Feng Shui Interior Re-Design Consultant
Energized Spaces

https://www.energizedspaces.com/

Web Design, Social Media, Email Marketing
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2016-10-31T14:24:55-04:00

Betty Humphrey Fowler
Feng Shui Interior Re-Design Consultant
Energized Spaces

https://www.energizedspaces.com/

I hired Carol Dunlop to design my website because I had no idea about what was needed. Carol really listened to and answered every question I had. She was patient and gave me suggestions that I would never have considered. Carol is truly an expert in the website design and social media arenas. I am also grateful to both Carol and Alvin for going above and beyond to repair my website when it was hacked while under Go Daddy's hosting. Go Daddy left me out in the cold but they stepped in, found how deep the hack was and brought my site back as good as new with new protocols in place. Needless to say, I dropped Go Daddy and now use CSI Corp for my website hosting. I highly recommend hiring CSI Corporation for any website or online business concerns you have. They deliver on their promises!

Carol was also able to answer all of my questions

Working with Carol Dunlop of CSI Corporation for the past few months has introduced me to new social media platforms....

Tracey West, CEO
Tracey West Irresistible Pound Cakes
www.irresistiblepoundcakes.com
www.facebook.com/irresistiblepc
www.twitter.com/irresistiblepc
Orders: (678) 613-3973
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2016-10-31T14:26:48-04:00

Tracey West, CEO
Tracey West Irresistible Pound Cakes
www.irresistiblepoundcakes.com
www.facebook.com/irresistiblepc
www.twitter.com/irresistiblepc
Orders: (678) 613-3973
irresistiblepoundcakes.com/

Working with Carol Dunlop of CSI Corporation for the past few months has introduced me to new social media platforms. I was very familiar with Facebook and Twitter but wasn't using Pinterest and had recently switched to using Mailchimp to send newsletters. Carol was able to setup Pinterest and Mailchimp and merged them with all of my social media platforms making them easier to manage. She was also able to answer all of my questions even those dealing with my website and made recommendations for improvements. Thanks Carol for all of your hard work.

Investing in Carol’s services = big payoff

Carol Dunlop has been a tremendous help when it comes to marketing for my CrossFit gym. She helped set up...

Shane Bonilla
Owner, Coach
CrossFit III

www.crossfitiii.com

Web Design, Social Media, Email Marketing
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2016-10-31T14:37:00-04:00

Shane Bonilla
Owner, Coach
CrossFit III

www.crossfitiii.com

Carol Dunlop has been a tremendous help when it comes to marketing for my CrossFit gym. She helped set up and connect all of my social media avenues. She has come up with great ideas from holiday events to fundraising to media options to set our gym apart. I believe investing in Carol's services for your business will be one of the biggest payoffs you will see!

It was so nice to have Carol in my corner

Carol jumped in and helped me get my website and Facebook page set up quickly and without taking a lot...

Tana Gildea
Author, The Graduate’s GuideTM to Money
Author, Building a Business, Building a Life

www.www.graduatesguidetomoney.com

Web Design, Social Media, Email Marketing
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2016-10-31T14:39:13-04:00

Tana Gildea
Author, The Graduate’s GuideTM to Money
Author, Building a Business, Building a Life

www.www.graduatesguidetomoney.com

Carol jumped in and helped me get my website and Facebook page set up quickly and without taking a lot of my time. That was so helpful when I was overwhelmed with getting social media integrated for my book. Thanks, Carol, for your responsiveness and for getting my Facebook page up and running. It was so nice that I had you in my corner and didn’t have to waste my time “figuring it out!”
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7 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting My Business

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Failing to plan is planning to fail

As I’ve said many times before, I was a horrible employee. For many years I played the employee fame, but I know that it really wasn’t for me. Then, in 1997, I had the chance to do what my heart had been yearning for all along, going out on my own, in my own business. My new husband was my inspiration for moving forward with this goal. I felt that I was prepared and ready. How hard could it be right? Boy did I have a lot to learn. It all seemed so easy on the outside looking in, but actually making the business work was a whole other animal. There are many things I wish I had known before I made the leap, but unfortunately, I didn’t, and I had to learn them “on-the-job” as I went along. I’ve gone through all the situations and lessons and decided on the Top 7 that I want to share with you now so you can get a head start on success.

1) Failing to plan is planning to fail

You can’t run your business by the seat of your pants, hoping that things work out as you go along. Starting a business is one thing, but keeping it going is quite another. Successful companies and organizations spend hundreds of thousands of dollars creating and implementing strategies and plans for their business. You need to follow their lead.

Starting now, when the year is fresh and new, is the best time to think about where you want your business to go and what you want to do for the next 11 months. You’ll be surprised at how focused and on-target you can be when you follow an actual plan.

2) The Customer is NOT always right

This is the one concept I had to address early on. One of my first clients presented me with the opportunity to create a full marketing package for his business. I was thrilled because it was a huge win, out of the gate. I worked through the night to finish everything, because he needed everything right away. I delivered the project and waited for payment. Well, not only did I not get paid, I never heard from him again. The lesson learned was never do anything without a signed agreement and if a project sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If I had slowed down enough to get more details, a signed agreement, and a deposit, I would have been much better off.

3) Investing in your business means ROI 4Eva

With the constant changes in technology, marketing methods, and access to new information, business owners have to be constantly watching out for the newest, latest, and most advanced “whatever.” It can be both a good thing and a bad. You want to stay on top, but you question whether you can take the financial hit to do it. The truth is that you can’t afford not to invest in the latest technology, execution methods, and techniques. Look at it this way, if you don’t, or won’t, your competition will. Take some time to examine your budget and be sure to include personal development, professional development, and technology upgrades.

4) You’re not an island

When you first start your business, you feel that you have it all under control. But you quickly figure out that you need something, but you’re not sure what. It all has to do with the feeling that you have an obligation to do this thing all on your own. Believe me, you do not. The key is to remember that others have done this and are still doing it, but they know something you don’t. You need to take advantage of the knowledge of other business owner’s minds by joining online and in-person organizations that focus on helping you to succeed. These organizations can cater to your specific niche, your ideal prospects and clients, or focus on other aspects such as marketing or working capital. American Express OPEN forum is a perfect example of all levels of business owners coming together to address and demystify the world of business.

5) You need a system for that

A good friend and colleague of mine, Bernadette Harris, founder and CEO of By the Book Accounting, who is also a client, teaches that if there is something that you do in your business that only you can do, you’ll be doing that task for the rest of your business life. Bernadette says that one of the key reasons businesses fail is that they don’t have systems in place to handle both the every day functions, such as how to answer the phone to more intricate processes like onboarding new clients. The reason systems are important is that if you are doing everything in your business yourself, you can’t grow. Having systems in place means that you can now hire people to do the tasks that aren’t essential to you making money. This makes it easier for you to grow, expand, and be the real BOSS you always knew you could be.

6) It takes money. Period.

I know you’ve heard over and over, that it takes money to make money. That’s true, but the real deal is it takes money. Period. End of story. Let’s face it, you can’t start, run, and maintain a successful business without money. It may not take thousands, but you will have to come out of your pocket for certain things. Yes, sometimes (actually, a lot the time) you can get away with “Free.” But “Free” only goes so far for so long. You will have start-up, on-going, maintenance, and next-level costs. Be prepared for them and get ready to pay them.

7) You can’t work with everyone

When I say everyone, I’m referring to clients, JV partners, vendors, and contractors. Everyone that steps into your business stratosphere affects everything around you. Their energy rubs off on you and causes you to react accordingly. This is a fact; everyone’s energy is not compatible with yours and it doesn’t need to be. The people who are attracted to you and your business are the ones who are for you. They are the people who you will be able to work with and get along with successfully. When you try to make relationships work that aren’t meant to, it will exhaust you and worse, nothing good will come of it.

Being prepared with this knowledge ahead of time will save you countless hours of grief and frustration. You’re welcome.

Now that you’re armed with the knowledge I wish I’d had when I started my business over 23 years also, you will be much better off.

But there’s one more nugget that will really help you to succeed, get your business on track, and keep it there. You must take care of yourself as well as you do your clients or your business will never be what it really can be.

When was the last time you actuallycCarved out some me-time for you? Or woke up ready to take on the day? When was the last time you felt great about your business? Your life?

My long-time friend and colleague, Lynnis Woods-Mullins and I have a special treat for you. With both of us being long-time entrepreneurs ourselves, we know your struggles:

  • Taking little or no time for yourself
  • Struggling to make work-life and regular-life balance out
  • Making needed decisions that keep your business running smoothly

So we’ve come together and created a brand new, results-driven masterclass,

3 Massive Mistakes Even Smart Women Entrepreneurs Make that KEEP them Feeling
OVERWHELMED & STRESSED OUT!

Thursday, January 18, 2018
4pm EST / 7pm PST

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And we’re inviting you to attend. We’ve got the answers to help you get back on the success track with life and business.

See you there!

 

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