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Your Free Personal Drop Box

By Bigg Success Staff
02-26-08

Leading-Edge Applications

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Would you like to share a whole bunch of information with a whole bunch of people?

Create a drop.

Are you tired of your e-mails not going through because of large attachments?

Create a drop.

There are so many uses for Drop.io that we can’t even begin to list them all!

Create your own destination for as many groups as you want. Family. Friends. Co-workers. And anyone else with whom you want to share.

Access work files at home and home files at work. You can upload files, photos, audio, and video all in one place. Every drop is private and only accessible by the people you designate.

You don’t even have to sign-up or even give an e-mail address. And we haven’t told you the best part yet – it’s FREE for up to 100MB of space. If that’s not enough, you can purchase up to 1GB for only $10! Click here to drop by Drop.io.

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Don’t Put Off Taking This Test

By Bigg Success Staff
02-22-08

Test Yourself

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We all know the old saying, “Don’t do today what you can put off to tomorrow!”

Oops, wait a minute – we got that wrong. Of course, it’s actually, “Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today.”

Ah, procrastination!
All of us do it occasionally. But when it becomes a habit, it is a problem. It often makes accomplishing your task even more difficult. It creates unneeded stress. And it’s one of the hardest habits to break.

The good people at Psychology Today have a test to see how much you procrastinate. It will take you less than 5 minutes to answer the ten questions.

You’ll instantly know if you put things off too much. So check it out now … or later! 

Source: Psychology Today Procrastination Test

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5 Things To Love About Your Business

By Bigg Success Staff
02-22-08

Bigg on Small Business

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You’ve heard it over and over again – be passionate about your business. But that’s such a broad sweeping statement.

So we thought it would be helpful to list the things you can love. Because love IS a many-splendored thing!

So here are 5 things to love about your business:

#1 – Love what you do
Love your role in your business. If you don’t love your job, no one else in your company will love theirs. That’s makes it very difficult to attract and retain the kind of people you need to grow your business.

#2 – Love what your business does
Your business serves the wants and needs of people. It makes a difference in their lives. If it doesn’t, it won’t last very long. It’s amazing what an impact even a small business can have on the lives of others:

  • every customer
  • every employee
  • your banker
  • your angel investor
  • your vendor’s sales representative
  • your vendor’s production department
  • your vendor
  • and on and on and on …

#3 – Love what your business stands for
You have a set of core values, whether you have articulated them or not. If you haven’t put them in writing, you should. They state how you treat people in your business. They represent your highest ideals.

#4 – Love what you’ve accomplished

Think about where you started and where you are now. Look at all the things that you’ve learned along the way. Think about all the people you’ve helped. Remind yourself of how you’ve given back to your community.

#5 – Love your vision of the future
You’re just getting started. What’s your vision of the future? Have you shared it with your people? If you haven’t, you should. Keep your vision in front of them constantly or it probably won’t happen.

What do you love about your business?

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Become A Dream Weaver For Selling Success

By Bigg Success
02-22-08

Career Builders

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People buy for two reasons – to stop the pain or to get the gain.

So paint a clear picture in your prospect’s mind of how wonderful things will be after they buy what you’re offering.

No matter what you’re selling, become a dream weaver!

In order to do that, you have to clearly understand the benefits of what you’re selling.

And that’s not as easy as it sounds!

Most of the time, we spend too much time talking about features and too little time discussing benefits. Or we stop before we get to the real benefit.

Fortunately, there’s a simple question that helps you get to the real benefit of what you offer.

And that means?

We’ll illustrate this with a service that you probably don’t find that exciting to think about – insulation contracting. Let’s see if you’re more excited after this discussion!

 

Nathan Newbie is a salesperson for a local insulation contractor. He does alright, usually finishing just above the middle of the pack. But he wants to be a top-performer. He just doesn’t know how to get to that level.

So he asks Samantha Sage for help. She started out in sales, just like Nathan. She became the top salesperson in her company. She was so successful that the owner sold her the company when he retired. Now she’s retired and living the good life!

 

Samantha prods Nathan, “Give me your sales pitch.”

“I would say,” Nathan starts off somewhat reserved, “as much as 70% of your energy costs come from heating and cooling your home.”

She inquires, “And that means?”

“Inadequate insulation is a leading cost of energy waste in many homes.”

“And that means?”

“You may be spending too much on your utility bill.”

“And that means?” Nathan responds excitedly, thinking he’s on to it now, “You could save money by adequately insulating your home.”

“And that means?”

“You would have more money to do what you want.”

“And that means?”

“If you insulate you home, you’ll pay for their next vacation!”

“You got it,” Samantha exclaims!

Are you more excited about insulation now? Most people are! Even a product that seemingly has little sex appeal can be quite appealing!

Most people make most decisions emotionally. So become a dream weaver and see your sales skyrocket!

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Your Wheel Of Fortune

By Bigg Success Staff
02-22-08

Life Changes

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The hub-and-spoke model has been used for some time in the distribution business. Its scope has been expanded to management of knowledge workers, network technologies, and beyond. Now it’s becoming the accepted way to look at internet businesses in the Web 2.0 world.

You can apply this model individually as well. What is your primary source of income? That is the hub of your wheel of fortune. Use it to create multiple streams of cash flow.

If you primarily derive your income from your own business, it is easier to do this. If that’s not the case, does your job allow you the flexibility to build something on the side?

If the answer is “yes”, then go for it! If “no”, you still have options.

  • Negotiate with your current employer.
  • Find a job that gives you the flexibility you need.
  • Partner with someone who has the time.

So no matter what your situation is, you have options to begin spinning your wheel of fortune today. We’ll share five ways to do that today:

Become an expert
Do you have unique knowledge that you’d like to share with the world? There are more and more opportunities today for people to disseminate what they know. There is a lot of content out there already, but high-quality information is always in demand.

One way to do this is to start blogging about your subject of interest. Find your voice and build a community of followers. There are many other paths, but this one if probably the least expensive.

Start a business
You can start a business part-time, work from home, and use resources you probably already have. The cost to do this is negligible these days. Do you know someone who needs to turn a project over to someone they trust? That could be your start!

You may have an idea for a full-fledged business. Do you know someone who could run it for you? Make them your partner and get going!

Buy real estate
You probably own your own home. So you’ve already bought real estate. Now you want to make money from it. We won’t kid you – there is a difference. But at least you have some experience. That experience makes this is a great place to start.

Real estate investing is one of the least time-consuming businesses you can start. However, if you just don’t have any time to spare, find a partner who you can work with to build your real estate empire.

Buy a franchise
Pair up with a company that is offering franchises for sale in your desired territory. They are building their brand with a tested concept. They have other successful businesses already practicing it.

You can buy the rights to use their concept in your market. All you have to do is bring the money to the table and learn their system. If it requires full-time involvement, find a partner to run the day-to-day operations.

Buy a business
An existing business already has customers, employees, and vendors in place. They have established systems that have been tested and proven to work. They have built up an infrastructure to support the business.

People sell businesses for many reasons. Ideally, you find a great business with an owner who wants to retire. Or the seller may just be bored and ready for a new challenge. Ideally, management is already in place. You just step into ownership!

So start with your hub. Use it to leverage yourself into other opportunities. Keep building those opportunities and look for more. That’s your wheel of fortune!

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