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  • Using Astrology and Colors in Business

    In this conversation, I chatted with Laura Ordile about how she uses astrology and color coaching to help aid other entrepreneurs in their businesses. Laura is a certified NLP practitioner and master hypnotist, as well as a professional intuitive and astrologer. She uses that unique combination of skills to help you tap into the success of big changes you want in your life quickly and easily, and you get to hold onto your sanity and soul as you go! As a Mindset Mentor, she knows that when you change your mind, you’ll change your life. And she does that with a mix of the practical and the woo in a way that is designed specifically for you! She lives in Montana with her family where she enjoys the sadly short, but amazingly beautiful summers and watches as much Star Trek as possible to make it through the winters. Tune in to hear about Laura's journey into starting her business and how she helps clients today. Along with how astrology and your birth chart help to shape your life path, career, strengths, and weaknesses. And how you can use colors to support both you and your business. You can find links to listen to the podcast on both Apple and Spotify here If you are interested in learning more about how each color can support you, check out Laura’s free color energy guide And make sure to join our private business support community for health and wellness entrepreneurs here.

  • Astrological Business Forecast for October 2023

    Here is your October 2023 Astrological Forecast from JoAnn Stoneberg with As The Planets Turn: Oct 4 - Mercury, the planet of communication, goes into Libra, the social sign. This helps soften communication a bit and could potentially be a challenge emotionally. This could also be a day to look out for miscommunication and misunderstandings. Oct 8 - Venus, the planet of love, goes into Virgo. This can bring in some self-criticism and insecurity. This is a great time to get your ducks in a row and be aware of any emerging imposter syndrome that may creep in. Oct 10 - Pluto, the planet of emotional transformation, goes direct. With some planets still retrograde and others going direct, it can feel like you want to move forward but tend to be held back in a way. October, November, and December are our prepping phase. Now is the time to put in the work so you are ready to launch and move forward at the start of the new year. Oct 11 - Mars, the planet of action, goes into Scorpio. This gives us more of an instinctual nature to just go for it! Now is the time to step into your sense of self and stability. Oct 14 - New moon and solar eclipse in the sign of Libra bring us the energy of social graces and relationships. Some questions to ask yourself at this time are: How do you want to perceive yourself moving forward? Are we being too dependent on others for our business? Are we doing our own work? How are we collaborating with others? What is it that we need to receive to move forward with our businesses and with ourselves? What do I need to clear to allow new things to move in? Oct 22 - Mercury goes into Scorpio, which means we need to watch our words and think before we speak to avoid blunt conversations. This is also a time to analyze all the details of any contracts you may be signing so you know exactly what you may be committing to. Oct 23 - Sun goes into Scorpio. This is a time to look at our fears and vulnerabilities, tap into our own resources, and ask for help from others when needed. Oct. 28 - Full moon and lunar eclipse in Taurus. You may notice that 3 to 4 days before the full moon, there is a build-up of energy. We might feel like withdrawing and staying stuck where we are at this time. This is a time to let go of old habits and behaviors and allow new habits and behaviors to move in. Ask yourself: How do I need to change how I’m thinking and behaving so I can better myself to move forward? Oct. 31 - On Halloween, we have a sun and Mars conjunction in Scorpio. This is a sharp explosive energy to watch out for with our words, thoughts, and actions. Watch the full episode here: To wrap it up, the beginning of the month is going to be a little rocky, our perceptions may be a little disillusioned and we need to be careful of our conversations with others. Towards the end of the month, it’s time to come back to understanding your own self-worth and value and what you bring to the table for others. Remember these next few months are a time to keep working and putting in the hours. This is a time to build your life and your business behind the scenes so you are ready to bring your offerings into the world once the opening energies of January and February are upon us. Ready for more astrology guidance in your business? JoAnn is also a teacher of Astrology and has a 10-week course – Oct 10 to Dec 12, 2023, for those who already have a good understanding of the planets, signs, houses, and five aspects. Go to AsThePlanetsTurn.com for more info and to register. Just starting into Astrology? Level 1 class begins again on January 16, 2023, from 6:30 to 8 pm MST joann@astheplanetsturn.com Want more business support and collaboration opportunities? Join the Private 'Profitable Practitioner' Community Here

  • How to make full-time money on part-time hours

    Have you ever wanted to make full-time money on part-time hours but felt like it was just an unrealistic dream? Here's the thing... The difference between someone who achieves this and someone who doesn't is all about whether or not they BELIEVE that they CAN! When it comes to shifting your mindset and deconstructing limiting belief patterns, you need to ask yourself these 3 things: According to who? You need to break down the beliefs surrounding the idea of needing to work constantly to earn a living. If you hear the words should or shouldn’t come out of your mouth you should be asking yourself “according to who?” Who did that benefit? Did that belief come from someone that it benefited? Be critical, realize that just because something works for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you. WHAT DO I WANT?! What do YOU want? Not what your family or society wants. Get clear on what it is that YOU want from your business and your life and then chase that thing like crazy. “Because that’s what I wanted & was speaking it from the beginning, I make full-time money on part-time hours." -Marie Elam This is just what we are chatting about in the latest episode of The Profitable Practitioner! Marie Elam, a trauma-informed coach, is helping you break down limiting beliefs so you can achieve exactly what you want in your life and business >>Listen on Apple >>Listen on Spotify >>Watch on Youtube Give it a listen and if you like it, would you mind leaving a rating and review? I hope you love it! I have so many amazing interviews in the pipeline that I'm excited to share with you all.

  • Astrological Business Forecast for September 2023

    Am I the only one that loves using astrology in my business?! It seriously makes such a big impact knowing what energies are coming my way and how I can work with them instead of against them. Knowing when to put my head down and do the work and when to step into my creative, flowing side makes my work in my business that much more efficient. In this new monthly episode of The Profitable Practitioner Podcast, Joann Stoneberg dives into what is going on in the stars for the month of September 2023 and how those energies might affect you and your business. September 2023 starts off a bit slower, asking us to take a moment to pause and prepare for the energies that lay ahead further in the month. A new moon in Virgo on Sept. 14 asks us to manifest the structures, discipline, and organization that we want in our work and careers. The first quarter moon, the sun entering Libra and the autumn equinox all fall on September 22 giving us the energy of 'keep going you got this' while also pushing us to build new relationships and connections in our life and business. A full moon in Aries lands on the 29th, giving us a surge of energy to move forward and accomplish the goals that we have set out for in our business. Get the full breakdown and all the details for the month ahead inside the episode. Listen on Spotify, Apple, or Youtube! If you are ready to learn more about astrology, you can⁠ join Joann inside of her online astrology class here ⁠ If you are ready to join a community of like-minded health and wellness practitioners for business support and collaboration, ⁠join us inside of the private Profitable Practitioner Community here!

  • Slowing Down to Create an Aligned Business

    Have you ever felt as though there is a constant to-do list in your business? And the more you hustle, the more value you have? Well, the truth is, that's an old-school way of thinking... When we actually prioritize taking the time to slow down in our business and embrace not just the masculine energies but also the feminine ones as well, we are able to tap into our creative abilities. Because to create the business of your dreams, you need both. You need to first dream up the brilliant and unique ideas before you can execute them! This was one of the many pieces of the beautiful conversation I had with Heather from Enchantment Creek Herbs today on the Podcast. Heather is an herbalist with an amazing line of wild-crafted herbs. Her herbal medicine is truly one of the best out there and I would recommend giving it a try for you and your clients! Our conversation flowed easily and naturally. It was refreshing to feel so in sync with someone while talking about all things business, health, wellness, and spirituality. Catch this episode today on Spotify, Apple or Youtube. And please make sure to subscribe and leave a rating and review ❤ P.S. If you are ready for support and collaboration throughout the journey of building and scaling your practice, make sure to join me and other health and wellness practitioners inside of our private FB community, The Profitable Practice

  • The best morning routine for the most productive day

    Before I established my morning routine, I struggled hard with a lack of efficiency throughout my workday, ultimately turning me into a bundle of stress by the end of the day (hello jaw clenching). Mornings looked like me immediately sitting down to my computer screen (Breakfast? Shower? Who needs em?) Or procrastinating by distracting myself with mundane tasks and feeling heaps behind by the time I finally go to work. Here’s the thing, I know everyone talks about morning routines and routines in general. But it’s for good reason! Because if you don’t prioritize self-care and routines that fill up your cup, you will only be pouring from a cup half full and your work and productivity will reflect that. This realization is what completely transformed the way I feel about my business and the way I am able to show up for it 100% day after day. And this isn’t just my experience, it’s also deeply impacted so many of my clients and is a topic I get asked about frequently. And because you’re here, I know you’re interested. So let’s dive into this kick-ass morning routine! ⏰6:30 Wake Up Timing has everything to do with your personal preferences and goals for the day. For me, I’m a morning person. Nothing makes me feel quite as alive as an early morning with a day full of potential and a warm mug of coffee. I also find the time of year can affect this timing. When the sun comes up earlier in the summer I sometimes find myself up before the 6 o’clock hour. However, winters sometimes have me sleeping in a bit longer than usual. I really strive to wake up before or without an alarm wherever possible but this also requires an early bedtime and sticking to my schedule consistently. One late weekend night and everything seems to go out the door. When an alarm is essential, I try to wake up to something less jarring like some happy music, and try to bounce out of bed as quickly as possible. I find the longer I lay in bed, the harder it is to get up and the less energy I have moving forward. 🌊6:45 Hydrate As an entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you about the importance of hydration. Personally, I’m obsessed. The start of each morning involves at least 16 ounces of water with LMNT electrolytes (if you haven’t tried these yet I highly recommend!), followed by about 2 ounces of aloe vera juice on an empty stomach for some tummy love ♥️ 🍳7:00 Nourish For me, there are 3 things that will surely ruin my day: dehydration, imbalanced blood sugar, and diving into my computer screen and artificial light first thing in the morning. You’ll see that my morning routine ensures balance in all 3 of these areas. Breakfast for me, always involves a heavy focus on protein and some healthy fats to really set my blood sugar up for success for the day. When my blood sugar is stable, my focus and productivity follow suit. Some of my favorites include a beat and berry smoothie with beef isolate protein powder, coconut milk, and 2 raw eggs or some sausages and veggies. While eating, I make my morning coffee. 🌞7:30 Sunshine and Movement This addition to my morning routine has been incredibly impactful to my energy and anxiety levels. After breakfast, I grab my coffee and my two dogs and head out of the house to move my body and get some sun on my face. In the summer and warmer months, this movement is a hike up the trail behind our house. It’s less than two miles but has a bit of elevation gain. Just the perfect intensity to get my heart rate up a bit but still enjoy the nature around me. Winter looks a little different, usually a morning walk coupled with a bit of strength training or a quick cross-country ski. And sometimes the time has to be modified to a bit later for those late winter sunrises. 🚿8:10 Clean Up Next, it’s time to shower and get ready for the day! Or at least I try lol. Some mornings I still skip the shower or opt for a bath later on. A messy bun and sweats just hit the spot some days as an entrepreneur. But I will say I always feel so much better about myself and my productivity on the days I take the time to prioritize getting ready. 📅8:30 Schedule and Reflection Before jumping into my day, I take the time to write down my to-do list and reflect on my calendar. I choose 3-5 things from the list that are top priority for the day and schedule out times to complete each of those tasks. After reflecting on my schedule, I like to include some form of reflection and gratitude practice to get my mind right for the day. For me, this includes a tarot card pull and some reflection on how far I’ve come and the things I need to do to reach my goals and continue to create the business of my dreams. 💻8:45 Get the Day Rolling Now it’s time to dive into the day and start knocking off to-do’s! Alright friend, now that you’ve stalked my morning routine, you can stalk the rest of my day by following me on IG. I’ll take you BTS of my workday and the fun outdoor adventures that you can find me on in my free time!

  • From Brick-and-Mortar to Online Course Creation

    In this conversation, I sat down with my current client, former boss, and friend, Jennifer Nelson-Hawks of Jennifer Hawks Health. Jennifer is a dedicated advocate of natural medicine and holistic health and wellness. Jennifer's passion for helping others started at a young age when she saw firsthand the power of natural medicine. After spending the first decade of her career in traditional medicine, Jennifer became disheartened by the band-aid approach to symptom management and began her journey to holistic health and wellness. With years of education and experience, she is now a Board-Certified Doctor of Naturopathy, a Bio-Resonance Practitioner, an Iridologist, and an IASIS Practitioner. In 2013, she founded a full functional Holistic Wellness center, and now solely focuses her full attention on Jennifer Hawks Health, where she provides a safe space for women, in person or virtually, to take back their health naturally and uncover the root cause of their health issues. Jennifer is committed to helping women achieve a healthier, happier version of themselves by living through the power of their own health. We chatted all about her journey through entrepreneurship. How she started her brick-and-mortar wellness center in Jackson, Wyoming, and the journey of then selling that business and moving to online course creation for her new business, Jennifer Hawks Health. Currently, Jen and I are creating her new 9-week signature program 'The Revitalized Gut' which will officially begin on September 25, 2023. This online program helps motivated women to kick digestion, weight, and energy imbalances so they can get back to living life at its fullest. Check out the podcast here or watch it on Youtube. And make sure to join our private business support community for health and wellness entrepreneurs here.

  • 5 free ways to validate your course topic

    When it comes to creating an online course, it's important to know that your topic is something that people are interested in and would be willing to pay for. There are lots of different ways to do this, one of which is building a course around something that you already help one-on-one clients with. But what if you want to create a course around a topic that you aren't working with one-on-one clients with? How do you know it is a profitable idea? Here are 5 free ways to validate your course topic: #1 - Use Google One way to validate your topic is to search for it on Google. Type into the search bar what your ideal client might be searching for related to your niche pain points and goals. Then, and this is important, take note of the search terms that populate as you are typing in the search bar. This will give you insight into the exact topics and language your ideal clients is using when they are searching the internet for solutions. This can be incredibly helpful because not only are you validating whether people out there are looking for solutions related to your niche. But you also are gaining insight into your ideal client's language which will be gold when it comes to creating your sales page and marketing materials. #2 - People Also Ask When you make your Google search, take the time to scroll down to the section where it says 'people also ask'. This information will help add even more insight into needs, wants, and language related to your course topic. #3 - Facebook Groups Now that you have your ideal client's language, you can search for Facebook Groups where they may be hanging out related to your idea. Look for groups of over 5,000 people. Search through and see what they are posting about and looking for help with related to your niche. #4 - Search for Books on Amazon Another great way to validate your idea and get feedback on what to include in your course is to search for books related to your course topic. When you search for your topic, you are looking for there to be quite a few books relating to the subject. This shows that there is a genuine interest. Another important piece here is to look through the reviews of each book. See what people loved and what they thought was missing. This will give you insight into what you should include in your actual course content. #5 - Take Your Ideal Client to Coffee What's better than to hear it directly from the source? Choose someone who fits the criteria for your ideal client and ask if you can take them to coffee and ask them a few questions relating to a course you want to create. Ask them if the topic is something they would be interested in, what pain points and desires they have relating to it, and any other questions you may need to ask relating to your idea. Make sure to take careful notes of their exact language. As I mentioned before, using your ideal client's exact language will make marketing so much more effective by speaking directly to them and helping them to understand that your product is the solution for them. Looking for more guidance on creating an online course? Grab my free 'Ultimate Guide to Creating a Profitable Online Coaching Course' here. And if you want even further guidance on turning your expertise into a profitable online course, check out how we can help you with our done-for-you and done-with-you course creation services. PSSSTTT.... Hey friend! If you're a health and wellness entrepreneur make sure to check out my podcast 'The Profitable Practitioner' and the private community for tons of helpful business tips, support, and collaboration.

  • Top Time Management Tips for Entrepreneurs

    The other day, while chatting with my husband, I showed him my to-do list for the next day. He was shocked to see how long it was and commented on how he was glad his to-do list ended on Thursdays. Before even thinking about what was about to come out of my mouth I replied, "It takes a special kind of crazy to be an entrepreneur." As soon as the words left my mouth, I laughed a bit under my breath. That sentence sums it up all too well. As entrepreneurs, it can feel as though the list of to-do’s is never ending and all consuming. We often have to juggle numerous tasks and responsibilities on a daily basis, and it can be a real challenge to stay organized and productive. But fear not, fellow entrepreneurs! In this post, I'll be sharing some of my top management tips for entrepreneurs that will help you maximize your efficiency and achieve your business goals. With these tips, you'll be able to better tackle your to-do list and take your business to the next level. Let's get started! 1 - Prioritize Your Tasks One of the most essential time management skills for entrepreneurs is the ability to prioritize tasks effectively. This means identifying the most critical tasks and tackling them first, rather than wasting time on less urgent or less important activities. For instance, let's say you run a nutrition practice and have a to-do list that includes meeting with clients, creating meal plans, and managing your website and social media accounts. By prioritizing your tasks, you would focus on the most urgent ones first, such as meeting with clients and creating meal plans, before moving on to less critical activities like managing your website or social media accounts. Effective prioritization allows you to create a new perspective on which items are most important as well as the possible delegation of other tasks, which we will dive into shortly. 2 - Use time blocking techniques Time blocking - the superhero of time management! This technique involves dividing your day into blocks of time dedicated to specific tasks or activities. By setting aside specific time slots for each task, you can ensure that you are focusing on the most important activities and making progress towards your goals. To unleash the power of time blocking, start by listing all of your tasks for the day or week, including both work-related and personal activities. Then, allocate a specific block of time for each task, based on its importance and urgency. Be sure to include breaks and downtime in your schedule as well, as taking breaks is essential for maintaining productivity and avoiding burnout (and let’s face it, adrenal fatigue). For example, you might allocate the first hour of your day to coffee and emails, the next two hours to working on specific projects, and the final hour to catching up on administrative tasks that always seem to sneak up on you. Time blocking can be an incredibly effective way to manage your time as an entrepreneur. By prioritizing your tasks and dedicating specific time slots to each one, you can ensure that you are making progress towards your goals and staying on track throughout the day. So give it a try and see how time blocking can help you maximize your efficiency and achieve your business objectives. 3 - Minimize Distractions Ah, distractions - the arch-nemesis of every entrepreneur! With the constant bombardment of social media notifications, email alerts, and other interruptions, it's no wonder our productivity takes a nosedive faster than a carb-crazed client diving into a bag of chips. So, how can you protect your precious time from these time-sucking vampires? Well, for starters, consider silencing those pesky notifications on your phone or computer during work hours. Trust me, Instagram will survive without you for a few hours. If you need an extra boost of protection, try using a distraction-blocking app like Freedom or StayFocusd. These apps will keep you focused on the task at hand, even if the latest cat video is calling your name. Another effective technique is setting designated times for checking email or social media. This way, you can enjoy some online scrolling guilt-free, without allowing them to interrupt your flow and your productivity. And hey, if you're feeling extra rebellious, you could always schedule in some time for a quick dance break or a power nap to recharge your batteries. Just make sure to set a timer so you don't lose track of time! 4 - Delegate Tasks I’ll be honest, this step took me years to learn… I was the DIY, drain-my-time-down-a-hole expert. We all know that we're used to doing it all by ourselves. We want to be in control of everything and make sure that things are done to perfection. But let's be real, sometimes we need to let go and delegate some tasks to others. And honestly there are some tasks that others are better suited to perform because honestly it’s highly inefficient to be a jack of all trades. By delegating tasks to employees or freelancers, you're not only freeing up your time, but you're also giving your team a chance to shine and develop new skills. Plus, it allows you to keep your focus in your zone of genius. So this is your permission to hire a marketing specialist to handle your social media, or a virtual assistant to take care of scheduling appointments and responding to emails. Trust me, your business will thank you for it. Delegation is the key to success, and the sooner you embrace it, the better off you and your business will be. 5 - Break down your to-do’s This is one of my favorites because I find it to be incredibly helpful! Large tasks can be overwhelming, and can lead to procrastination or lack of progress. When I don’t break down these larger, overwhelming tasks I tend to see that they get pushed from one day to the next, never to be completed. To avoid this, break large tasks down into smaller, more manageable steps. By doing this, you'll be able to focus on each step and make progress towards your goal more efficiently. For example, if you need to write a business plan, you might break it down into smaller tasks like conducting market research, defining your target audience, and outlining your financial projections. By breaking the task down into smaller, more manageable pieces, you'll be able to focus on each step and ultimately achieve your larger goal more efficiently. 6- Avoid Multitasking I know… I feel triggered as well lol. Multitasking may seem like a superpower, but it's actually more like a sneaky productivity thief in disguise. Sure, you can try to juggle multiple tasks at once, but the reality is that your brain is constantly switching back and forth between them, leading to a decrease in focus and an increase in errors. Believe me, I learned this lesson the hard way after countless hours wasted trying to do too many things at once. It's like trying to text and walk at the same time - sooner or later, you're going to trip and fall (and maybe even drop your phone in the process). So instead of trying to do it all at once, focus on one task at a time and give it your undivided attention until it's complete. Not only will you work more efficiently and effectively, but you'll also produce higher-quality results. Plus, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment each time you finish a task, which can help to motivate you to tackle the next one. 7- Take Breaks It's important to recognize the value of taking breaks throughout the day. While it might seem counterintuitive, taking short breaks can actually increase productivity by allowing you to recharge and refocus. From a psychological perspective, taking breaks is essential for maintaining productivity and avoiding burnout. Our brains are not designed to work continuously for hours on end without any rest. Without regular breaks, our focus and productivity levels can start to decline, making it difficult to perform at our best. Taking breaks can actually help to boost creativity and problem-solving abilities. When we step away from a task and engage in a different activity, our brains are able to relax and process information in a new way. This can lead to fresh insights and ideas that we might not have come up with otherwise. So, the next time you're feeling overwhelmed or stuck on a task, try taking a short 10-minute break every hour to stretch, walk around, or grab a snack. Or, you could schedule longer breaks throughout the day, such as a midday workout or a coffee break with a colleague. You might be surprised at how much more productive and creative you become as a result. 8 - Celebrate your wins Trust me I get it, the Cancer moon in me has a tendency to want to dwell on all the items on my to-do list that weren’t crossed off rather than acknowledging all the things I was able to cross off throughout the day! After years of beating myself down I decided to make a conscious effort to acknowledge and celebrate my wins on the daily. It’s important to take a moment to celebrate your victories, even the small ones. Give yourself a pat on the back for all you did accomplish that day rather than ruminating on the tasks still left to complete. Celebrating your wins keeps you motivated and positive, which is crucial for achieving long-term success. So don't be shy, acknowledge and appreciate all the hard work you put in. Keep the momentum going, and let's celebrate every win, big or small! To sum it all up, time management is a critical skill to master if you want to create a successful business without losing your head. By prioritizing tasks, using time-blocking techniques, minimizing distractions, delegating tasks, breaking down to-do’s, avoiding multitasking, taking breaks, and celebrating your wins you'll be able to maximize your productivity and achieve your goals in a timely and efficient manner. So go forth, fellow entrepreneurs, and conquer the world with your newfound time management skills - and don't forget to take a break (or two) along the way! P.S. If you're ready to scale your services and reclaim your time through passive income, make sure to grab 'The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Profitable Online Course' to get started using your expertise to make more impact, income and freedom! In this guide, you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to get started with an online course that aligns with your values and helps you scale your business while also helping you to gain back your time and freedom. With this resource, you'll be well on your way to creating passive income streams and achieving your entrepreneurial goals while also reclaiming your time. So don't wait - click here to grab your free guide today! More of a listener than a reader? Listen to this topic along with other weekly business drops on my podcast 'The Profitable Practitioner'

  • The 6 Steps to Take Before Running Ads to Grow Your Email List

    As an online course creator, growing your email list is essential for a successful course launch. And while running ads can be an effective way to attract new subscribers, it's important to have the right systems in place before you start spending money on advertising. In this blog post, we'll explore the 6 steps to take before running ads to grow your email list: 1 - Get Clear on your Target Audience that You Want to Run Your Email List Ads to The first system you need to have in place is a clear understanding of your target audience. Having a clear understanding of your target audience is crucial for any marketing campaign, and it's especially important when running ads to grow your email list for a course launch. Knowing your target audience means you understand their needs, desires, and pain points, and you can tailor your messaging to speak directly to them. To identify your target audience, you'll need to conduct research and gather data on your potential customers. Start by creating customer personas, which are detailed profiles of your ideal customers. You can use data from your existing customer base, surveys, and market research to create these personas. Once you have your personas in place, you can use them to guide your ad targeting. For example, if you're targeting busy moms who want to start a side hustle, you can create ads that speak directly to their desire for flexibility and work-life balance. You can also use your personas to create more targeted ads on social media platforms like Facebook, which allow you to target specific demographics, interests, and behaviors. Knowing your target audience is also important for creating effective lead magnets and email nurture sequences. By understanding their pain points and motivations, you can create lead magnets that provide value and address their specific needs. And when crafting your email nurture sequence, you can provide educational content that resonates with your audience and builds trust. 2 - Create an Irresistible Lead Magnet Before Running Ads to Grow Your Email List An irresistible lead magnet is an essential component of any successful email list growth strategy. It is a valuable resource that you offer to your target audience in exchange for their email address. It is essential that your lead magnet is relevant to your course topic and appeals to your target audience's pain points and interests. When creating your lead magnet, you should focus on providing quick wins for your subscribers. This means that your lead magnet should provide actionable tips, tools, or resources that your audience can use to achieve a small win or solve a specific problem. By providing quick wins, you build trust and credibility with your subscribers, which can lead to higher conversion rates and a more engaged email list. Your lead magnet can take many forms, such as a free guide, checklist, webinar, e-book, or any other resource that your audience would find valuable. It is essential to make your lead magnet visually appealing and easy to consume. You can use images, graphics, and videos to make it more engaging and memorable. It's important to note that your lead magnet should give your subscribers a taste of what they can expect from your course. Your lead magnet should not give away everything in your course but should provide enough value to make your audience eager to learn more. This way, your lead magnet can help to pre-sell your course and generate interest in your product. 3 - Create a Landing Page A landing page is a crucial element in the process of converting website visitors into email subscribers. It is a standalone page that is designed to encourage a visitor to take a specific action, such as providing their email address in exchange for your lead magnet. The main goal of a landing page is to convert visitors into subscribers by presenting them with a compelling offer and a clear call-to-action. The offer should be directly related to your lead magnet and should provide value to your visitors. The headline should be attention-grabbing and should clearly communicate the benefit of your offer. The copy should be persuasive and should address your visitor's pain points and offer a solution to their problem. In addition, your landing page should be optimized for conversions. This means that it should be designed with a clear and focused layout, minimal distractions, and a clear path to your lead magnet. Avoid including navigation links, social media icons, or other elements that could take the visitor's attention away from the goal of the page. A strong call-to-action (CTA) is also essential for converting visitors into subscribers. The CTA should be clear, prominent, and communicate the value of your offer. It should also be repeated multiple times on the page, so that visitors are reminded of the action you want them to take. Finally, it's important to test your landing page to ensure that it's optimized for conversions. This can involve testing different headlines, copy, and calls-to-action to see which elements are most effective in encouraging visitors to subscribe. By continuously refining and improving your landing page, you can increase your conversion rate and grow your email list with greater success. 4 - Find an Email Service Provider An email service provider (ESP) is a crucial tool for managing your email list and communicating with your subscribers. There are many ESPs available, each with different features and pricing options. When selecting an ESP, it's important to choose one that aligns with your business needs and budget. Some of the key features to look for in an ESP include the ability to create and manage email lists, create and send email campaigns, segment your subscribers based on specific criteria, track email open and click-through rates, and automate email sequences. As someone who has used multiple email service providers and funnel builders in the past, Kartra has become my personal favorite for a number of reasons. Firstly, Kartra offers a user-friendly interface that is easy to navigate, even for beginners. You don't need any technical skills to create beautiful landing pages and sales funnels that convert visitors into customers. Kartra provides you with all the necessary tools, including drag-and-drop page builders, customizable templates, and seamless integrations with other popular tools like Zapier, PayPal, and Stripe. Secondly, Kartra offers advanced automation capabilities that allow you to create complex campaigns that nurture your leads and convert them into customers. You can set up automated email sequences, create personalized messaging, and track your results with detailed analytics. You can also use Kartra's powerful tagging system to segment your audience based on their behavior, interests, and demographics. Finally, you can actually host your course through Kartra. I’ve really found Kartra to be a game changer in my business! Rather than having a million different subscriptions to the assets I need in my business, everything is all in one place talking back and forth to one another and giving me the data I need to move my business forward in hugely impactful ways. If you're looking for an all-in-one marketing platform that can help you grow your email list, host your course, and create high-converting sales funnels, I highly recommend Kartra. And bonus, you can join Kartra today with this 14-day free trial. 5 - Create an Email Nurture Sequence An email nurture sequence is an essential part of your email marketing strategy. It allows you to continue building a relationship with your new subscribers and guide them towards purchasing your course. When someone signs up for your lead magnet, they're showing an interest in your course topic, but they may not be ready to make a purchase yet. That's where your nurture sequence comes in. Your nurture sequence should be a series of automated emails that are triggered when someone signs up for your lead magnet. The number of emails in your sequence can vary depending on your course and audience, but generally, it should be at least 5-7 emails long. Your sequence should provide value to your subscribers and help establish you as an authority in your course topic. This could be through educational content such as blog posts, videos, or podcasts, or by sharing personal stories and insights. It's important to note that while your nurture sequence should be providing value to your subscribers, it should also have a clear goal of promoting your course. Your emails should include calls-to-action that encourage your subscribers to learn more about your course, such as links to your sales page or information about upcoming webinars or workshops. One of the benefits of using an email nurture sequence is that it's automated, meaning once you set it up, you don't have to manually send each email. This saves you time and allows you to focus on other aspects of your course creation and marketing. 6 - Follow a Tracking System A tracking system is essential for measuring the success of your ad campaigns. You need to know how many people are clicking on your ads, how many are converting to subscribers, and how much you're spending on advertising. This is another reason I love using Kartra. It offers seamless integration with Facebook ads, allowing you to easily track your ad performance and ROI within the platform. Kartra's advanced analytics and reporting tools provide you with real-time data on your ad campaigns, including impressions, clicks, and conversions. You can also track the cost per click (CPC) and cost per acquisition (CPA) of each ad, allowing you to optimize your ad spend and maximize your ROI. Kartra also allows you to track the success of your email campaigns, giving you a complete picture of your marketing funnel. You can see how many subscribers are opening and clicking your emails, and track the conversion rate of each email in your nurture sequence. This allows you to identify which emails are performing well and which ones need improvement, so you can continually refine your email marketing strategy. Overall, Kartra's comprehensive tracking and reporting features make it easy to measure the success of your marketing campaigns, both on and off the platform. If you're looking for an all-in-one marketing solution that can help you streamline your marketing efforts and optimize your ROI, Kartra is an excellent choice. You can once again grab that free 14-day trial here Running ads to grow your email list can be a powerful strategy for online course creators. But before you start spending money on advertising, it's important to have the right systems in place. By understanding your target audience, creating an irresistible lead magnet and landing page, using an email service provider, creating an email nurture sequence, and setting up a tracking system, you can increase the effectiveness of your ad campaigns and grow your email list with confidence. If you're ready to scale your services and create passive income, make sure to grab 'The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Profitable Online Course' to get start using your expertise to make more impact, income and freedom! In this guide, you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to get started with an online course that aligns with your values and helps you scale your business while also helping you to gain back your time and freedom. With this resource, you'll be well on your way to creating passive income streams and achieving your entrepreneurial goals. So don't wait - click here to grab your free guide today! More of a listener than a reader? Listen to this topic along with other weekly business drops on my podcast 'The Profitable Practitioner'

  • The Hierarchy of Content Creation

    Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the content you need to produce for your business? The blog posts, Instagram posts, podcast, freebies, newsletters, and on and on and on. Trust me I know, it can feel like your ship is sinking and rather than continuing to paddle it can be tempting to just jump overboard (aka do no content creation at all!). This is one of the most common mistakes I see with my clients and I would be lying if I haven’t been guilty of this as well. Content creation is an essential part of any digital marketing strategy. Creating content that resonates with your audience, engages them, and drives traffic to your website is crucial to the success of your business. However, not all content is created equal. Some pieces of content are more important than others, and it's essential to prioritize them accordingly. This is why I believe it is so important to understand the hierarchy of content creation. One of the best ways to do so is through visualizing a triangle split into 3 sections. At the top lives our high priority content. This is our non-negotiable, must be completed each week, kind of content. It takes up the least amount of space in the content bucket and is higher production content and can tend to seem more intimidating but bear with me because if you do this right it will lay down the foundation for success not only in content creation but in your business as a whole. In the center of the triangle is our second most important layer of content which can be repurposed from the top tier content and the bottom of the triangle is the least important content but makes up the majority of the content bucket. At the top of the triangle are high production, evergreen content pieces. These can include things such as blogs, podcasts, or YouTube videos. These pieces of content should be highly prioritized and scheduled for once a week. They are the cornerstone of your content strategy and are designed to provide value to your audience for an extended period. These types of content require a significant investment of time and resources, but the payoff can be enormous. These pieces of content are definitely a long game strategy but can help pull in clients and sells for years to come. They can also help make the rest of your content creation so much easier because these pieces of content can piggyback off of or be repurposed from this main piece. When it comes to this top tier, I have to say Blogs are king. Blogs are an excellent way to establish thought leadership, provide value to your audience, boost SEO and drive traffic to your website. It is best to start with one piece of this top tier content and once you feel like you have a good handle on it then you can start adding other pieces. So start with a blog and then from there add on a Podcasts or maybe a YouTube channel, both of which cover the exact same topic as the blog. The great thing about adding these additional platforms is they allow you to showcase your personality, share insights, and build relationships with your listeners. The most important thing to remember here is to focus in on one platform here to begin (I recommend a blog) and really pack the value. Then once you get into a good flow with this one piece then you can start adding on other platforms. But not until you feel confident and in flow with this first piece. More important than being on all the platforms is consistency. Okay great so we understand the format of the top tier the content hierarchy. But how do you come up with the topics for these posts and episodes? What you need to do is come up with about 6 content pillars that address chief concerns that would keep someone from buying from you. What are their chief concerns or limiting beliefs relating to your offer(s)? This is helping to knock down walls that would keep your ideal client from working with you. So really take the time to get inside your ideal client's head. To do that, consider these questions: What are the common reasons your ideal client gives for not needing your services? For example, if you offer a fitness program, some may say they don't have enough time to exercise regularly. What myths or misconceptions has your ideal client bought into that may be holding them back from considering your offer? For instance, some may believe that weightlifting will make them bulky instead of lean. What have they tried in the past that didn't work for them? For example, if you offer a weight loss program, some may have tried fad diets that didn't yield lasting results. What information does your ideal client need to know to understand that they would be a great fit for your offer? For instance, if you offer a productivity tool, they may need to know how it can save them time and increase their efficiency. What misconceptions can you address and break through your marketing messaging? For example, if you offer a service that involves virtual consultations, some may believe that it's not as effective as in-person meetings. You can clarify how it works just as well, and may even be more convenient for the client. Once you’ve brainstormed these pieces that are holding them back write out these 6 main bullet points and use this as your compass when it comes to planning out your top tier content. How can you get creative and write / talk about something that is interesting to your client that also knocks down these limiting beliefs. Start by thinking with the end in mind. What is the main purpose of this piece of content, what call to action will you want to include. What lead magnet could be included with this piece of content? Up next is the middle of the triangle. This is where the second most important pieces of content live. These are repurposed pieces of content and include content such as newsletters, smaller blog posts, Instagram series, or portfolio work. These pieces of content are slightly more frequent than the once-a-week top-of-triangle content pieces. They are designed to provide value to your audience while also helping you repurpose and extend the reach of your high production content. Newsletters are an excellent way to keep your audience up-to-date on your latest content, promotions, and events. They can also be used to provide exclusive content, such as behind-the-scenes insights or special offers. Smaller blog posts can be repurposed from your high production content, providing a quick and easy way to create fresh content. Instagram series, such as a week-long photo challenge, can be used to engage your audience and build excitement around your brand. Finally, portfolio work, such as case studies or client success stories, can be used to demonstrate your expertise and build trust with your audience. At the bottom of the triangle is where the least important content lives. This content can be repurposed from the top-tier content or be random and slightly off-topic. This can include reels, lifestyle content such as behind-the-scenes or a day in the life of, and personality-based Instagram posts or stories. This content helps show your personality, how you show up on a day-to-day basis and build connections. This content is the most frequent content throughout the week. In conclusion, the hierarchy of content creation is a powerful tool that can help you prioritize your content creation efforts and create a balanced content strategy. By focusing on high production, evergreen content at the top of the triangle that is built on 6 content pillars that break down your I.C.'s limiting beliefs around working with you and then repurposing content in the middle, and less important content at the bottom that is slightly off-topic and displays your personality, you can ensure that your content provides value to your audience, drives traffic to your website and offers, and builds your brand's personality and identity. If you're ready to scale your services and create passive income, make sure to grab 'The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Profitable Online Course' to get start using your expertise to make more impact, income and freedom! In this guide, you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to get started with an online course that aligns with your values and helps you scale your business while also helping you to gain back your time and freedom. With this resource, you'll be well on your way to creating passive income streams and achieving your entrepreneurial goals. So don't wait - click here to grab your free guide today! More of a listener than a reader? Listen to this topic along with other weekly business drops on my podcast 'The Profitable Practitioner'.

  • 5 Tips for Building an Email List for Your Course or Program Launch

    As online course creators, we pour our hearts and souls into crafting top-notch courses, creating irresistible sales pages, and promoting our offerings on social media. But what many of us often overlook is the critical importance of building an email list. Now, before we dive into why an email list is essential, let's define what it is. An email list is a treasure trove of email addresses that you've acquired through various methods such as opt-ins on your website, lead magnets, or through purchases. It's your ticket to communicate directly with your potential and current customers. So, why is having an email list essential to the success of your online course launch? Here are a few reasons that will make you want to hit the ground running. Reason #1: Your email list is the MVP of your digital marketing toolkit. It's no secret that online business revolves around customer relationships. Your email list is a collection of people who have already shown interest in what you have to offer. They've actively chosen to hear from you and potentially buy from you. It's like having a direct hotline to people who already want to hear from you. No cold calling required. And don’t overlook the important fact that you own your email list!! Which isn’t something you can say about your social media following. Reason #2: Your email list allows you to build meaningful relationships. Establishing rapport and trust with your potential and current customers is vital to the success of your online course launch. By communicating regularly with your email list, you can provide valuable content, answer questions, and keep them in the loop about your offerings. As a result, you'll be viewed as an authority figure in your field and become someone your subscribers turn to for guidance. Reason #3: Your email list is your ticket to a successful online course launch. Social media is great, but let's face it: it can be a noisy place. Your posts may get lost in the endless scroll of cat videos and memes. An email list, on the other hand, is a direct line to your subscribers' inboxes. By crafting targeted email campaigns, you can cut through the noise and increase your chances of converting your email subscribers into paying customers. So, if you're not already building an email list, you're leaving money on the table. It's a no-brainer. Before we dive into HOW to build your email list, let's chat email list hosts. Especially when it comes to hosting an email list for an online course. My personal favorite is Kartra! This is because not only does Kartra host your email list, it can also host your course and/or membership in addition to helping to schedule content, track ads and so much more! I love having an all in one system that can keep track of all the data in my business and communicate across the board to give me the ability to create a more targeted strategy for each of my launches. You can get started with a free 14-day trial here. So email lists are essential for Launching! Great, now that you understand that, you’re probably asking “but how do I grow my email list?!” Let’s jump into 5 of my favorite email list building techniques: 1- Offer a Lead Magnet: The first strategy to build your email list for your launch is by offering a lead magnet. A lead magnet is a valuable free resource that you offer to your audience in exchange for their email address. This could be a guide, ebook, template, or any other valuable resource that your audience would find useful. Make sure that your lead magnet is closely related to the product or service you'll be launching to attract the right audience. Using a lead magnet to build your email list is a win-win situation for both you and your potential subscribers. You get to grow your list of engaged subscribers, and they get to receive valuable information from you that can help them solve their problems or achieve their goals. Offering a lead magnet is a powerful way to attract the right people to your email list and keep them engaged throughout your course launch. Steps to Create a Lead Magnet: Step 1: Define Your Ideal Customer To create a lead magnet that appeals to your target audience, you need to understand who your ideal customer is. Ask yourself questions like: What problems are they struggling with? What are their goals and aspirations? What information or resources do they need to achieve them? Step 2: Identify the Problem You Can Solve Once you know who your ideal customer is, you need to identify the problem that your lead magnet can solve. It should be a problem that your target audience is actively seeking a solution to and one that your course can help solve. Step 3: Choose the Type of Lead Magnet There are many different types of lead magnets you can offer, depending on your target audience and course topic. Some popular types include e-books, cheat sheets, checklists, templates, video tutorials, and webinars. Step 4: Create Your Lead Magnet Now it's time to create your lead magnet. Your lead magnet should be high-quality and provide real value to your potential subscribers. It should be easy to consume, visually appealing, and offer a clear benefit to your audience. Step 5: Promote Your Lead Magnet Once you've created your lead magnet, it's time to promote it. Share it on social media, include it on your website, and mention it in your content. You can also use paid advertising to reach a wider audience. Using a lead magnet is the bread and butter for effectively building your email list and attracting the right people to your course launch. By creating a valuable resource that solves a specific problem for your target audience, you can grow your list of engaged subscribers and increase your chances of a successful course launch. 2 - Host a Giveaway: Hosting a giveaway is another effective way to build your email list and increase your chances of a successful course launch. Here’s how to go about doing this: The first step is to determine your prize. Your prize should be related to your course topic and appeal to your ideal audience. For example, if you're launching a course on gut health, you could give away a free consultation to assess gut health or a free gut health supplement set. Then outline the terms for someone to enter to win. You’ll often see people say like this and tag 3 friends but the most important part here is to make sure they are opting into your email list. So make sure to clarify this in the parameters. One great way that I and my clients have done this is by telling the audience to grab their free guide (by opting in) and then share their top 2 takeaways from the guide in the caption. You can get creative with this but something along these lines tends to work great! Next step is obviously to promote this giveaway because if no one knows about it then no one is going to opt-in. Of course you will want to promote it on your social media platforms but to really take it to the next level consider doing a joint giveaway with another account so you are able to get in front of their audience as well or if you are really in the email list building phase, consider running ads for the giveaway. 3 - Create a Quiz or Survey: The third strategy is a bit of an offshoot from the lead magnet. This is to create a quiz or survey. This is a great option because we all love to learn more about ourselves! We love personality quizzes and knowing which Disney princess we are or what color we are. The important part here when creating your quiz is to make sure the topic is both appealing to your ideal audience and ties into your course or program topic to ensure the people you pull onto your email list are appropriate candidates for your offer. Make sure to offer the quiz or survey results in exchange for their email address. This will help you to understand your audience better while also creating targeted content for your launch. 4 - Use a Content Upgrade: The fourth strategy is to use a content upgrade. A content upgrade is a piece of content (like a blog, podcast, Youtube video, etc.) that offers a bonus piece of content that is directly related to the content the reader is currently consuming. For example, if you have a blog post on "10 Tips for Better Time Management," your content upgrade could be a printable worksheet or checklist that helps readers put those tips into action. Content upgrades are effective because they offer additional value to your audience beyond the blog post or article they are reading. By offering a relevant bonus resource, you increase the perceived value of your content, making readers more likely to give you their email address in exchange for the content upgrade. Here are some tips for creating effective content upgrades: Offer something that complements your content: Your content upgrade should be directly related to the content your reader is consuming. It should offer additional value and help your reader take action on the information you've provided. Keep it simple: Your content upgrade should be easy to consume and implement. Checklists, cheat sheets, and templates are great options because they are simple and actionable. Make it visually appealing: Your content upgrade should look professional and visually appealing. Use design elements such as images, icons, and colors to make it visually interesting and engaging. Create a clear call-to-action: Make it clear what your reader needs to do to access the content upgrade. Use language that encourages action, such as "Download Now" or "Get Your Free Checklist." Deliver the content upgrade immediately: When someone signs up for your email list in exchange for a content upgrade, deliver the content upgrade immediately. This will help you build trust with your audience and ensure that they are getting the value they were promised. Overall, content upgrades are a great strategy for building your email list because they provide additional value to your audience and increase the perceived value of your content. By offering a relevant and valuable bonus resource, you can encourage more people to sign up for your email list and ultimately, your online course or program. 5 - Use a Pop-up or Slide-in Form: The final strategy is to use a pop-up or slide-in form. A pop-up or slide-in form is a form that appears on your website when a user takes a specific action, such as scrolling down a certain amount of the page or spending a certain amount of time on the site. You can use these forms to ask users to join your email list. Make sure that the pop-up or slide-in form is well-designed and doesn't disrupt the user experience. So there you have it - five effective ways to build your email list for your launch. Remember to offer a valuable lead magnet, host a giveaway, create a quiz or survey, use a content upgrade, and use a pop-up or slide-in form. By using these strategies, you'll be able to grow your email list, reach a wider audience, and generate more sales for your launch. If you're ready to scale your services and create passive income, make sure to grab 'The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Profitable Online Course' to get start using your expertise to make more impact, income and freedom! In this guide, you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to get started with an online course that aligns with your values and helps you scale your business while also helping you to gain back your time and freedom. With this resource, you'll be well on your way to creating passive income streams and achieving your entrepreneurial goals. So don't wait - click here to grab your free guide today! More of a listener than a reader? Listen to this topic along with other weekly business drops on my podcast 'The Profitable Practitioner'

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