How to find & attract the type of client you’d like to work with?

If you’re a new business owner or a seasoned one, the one question that you keep asking yourself revolves around your ‘ideal client’ or, more particularly:

“How to identify and attract the type of client I want to work with?”

In other words, “what’s the ideal client for my business?”

If you’ve been subscribed to my blog for a while now or you follow me on social media, you know I’m a big fan of the saying:

This rings no more true then when determining and deciding what clients to work with!

At this point and if you’re still fairly fresh in your business, you might be secretly asking, “But why? Why is it really so important?”

I want to make sure to answer this because if you understand this right now, your future business will thank you a thousand fold later on ;).

Working with the right or ideal client can make the work or service you do for them not feel like actual work. Truly! You’re going to love getting up in the morning because you so enjoy working with them and their cause!

Imagine you’ve just quit your 9-5 a couple of months ago… you just managed to sign on a few clients and you couldn’t be more proud.

But a majority of them will soon turn out to be the ‘wrong clients’ for you.

A few more weeks or couple of months into your business, you’re going to find asking yourself WHY YOU EVEN QUIT YOUR 9-5 IN THE FIRST PLACE!

You’re going to feel nervous, tired, anxious hopping on a call with these clients, uncomfortable actually doing the work for them, etc.

I’ve honestly experienced and seen it all.

That’s why I’m so passionate about this topic!

Because I’ve seen a lot of budding entrepreneurs and small business owners, actually shut down their business and go back to a regular job!

And all, because they didn’t receive any help and couldn’t figure out how to:

[A] Identify and attract the right type of client to work with.

And…

[B] Charge the right pricing for their services and not down-sell themselves, even as they’re just starting out.

{The latter I’m going to be dedicating another in-depth blog post on soon, so be sure to SUBSCRIBE to this blog to get notified when that is ;).}

So, let’s focus on [A] so that your business dreams you’ve harbored during your regular job (or while still in college), actually do come true <3. Ready?!

STEP #1: IDENTIFY YOUR OWN PERSONALITY TYPE. Or, who are you?

This may seem counterintuitive at first but a big portion of figuring out who you want to work with has to do with understanding who you are.

You didn’t expect that, did ya?

So, I want you to pick up your journal right now and answer the following questions:

  1. Am I the kind of person that cares about the cause of a business and/or brand? Or, do I care more about the usability of the product?
  2. Do I love talking to people on the phone, do video conferences, etc.? Or, do I prefer to communicate with people in business through email and in writing in general?
  3. What’s my personality type? Once I know this, I know which other personality types and characters I match well and which ones to avoid.
    1. A great way to determine your personality type has been the 16Personalities test. It only takes 12 minutes to complete and the results are astounding.
  4. Do I want to work with experienced, high-end clients and close projects of $15,000 and up? Or, do I feel more comfortable working with beginning business owners and charge $1,000 for my average service?

This list of questions could go on and on.

Typically and once you start journaling, you’re going to find yourself writing away and coming up with one point after the next.

Once you are done, step away and look at it.

I betcha a certain type of persona that you want to work with has already started creating itself in your mind.

STEP #2: WHY DID YOU GET INTO BUSINESS IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Often times when we’re in the grind and the hustle and bustle of daily business activities, it’s easy to forget why we got into business in the first place.

Remind yourself right now…

+ What the number one reason was?

+ What was the moment that sparked that fire inside your chest to start your business?

+ Why did you want to do your particular business? There’s a thousand and more other things you could have done. Why did you choose this? And if you haven’t started your business yet, why do you want to be doing XYZ?

STEP #3: WHAT MISSION DO YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH WITH YOUR BUSINESS?

Have you ever heard that each great business has also a great mission?

If you haven’t taken the time to craft out a mission statement for your new business yet, now is the time!

What are some causes that you care about? Are there causes that you and your ideal client have in common?

Look at the clients you’ve already worked with in the past or, are working with right now. What aspects of their business do you enjoy growing the most?

Why do you want to be thinking about all that?

Because people do business with people and brands they trust.

Crafting out your mission statement and being vocal about it on your social media, creates trust in your ideal clients that you and only you are the right person for them to work with!

STEP #4: ANALYZE YOUR INDUSTRY & YOUR OWN DATA

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When it comes to any and all industries, there are particular client and customer types already pre-created.

In case you’re completely innovating your industry, you might want to create a new ‘client or customer persona’.

But for most of us, identifying your own ideal client has a lot to do with researching your industry in addition to getting clear on your own business and yourself.

Now, how do you do this?

There are a few ways to go about your research.

According to TopDogSocialMedia, here is a way to do it:

If you are B2B, try Googling the companies and organizations you would love to work with. Read the bios of their senior decision makers to learn more about them. You can gain additional information on these people (and others similar to them) on LinkedIn and Twitter.
If you are B2C, imagine each type of ideal client. For example, perhaps you are you looking for busy soccer moms or millennials who commute to work. Create a clear picture in your mind of who each of these people are.
Now construct a list of possible labels for each of your top ten clients.
What label will each most strongly identify with? Make note of the commonalities and differences.
Use these labels to create a clear picture of who your ideal clients are and how they see and represent themselves to the world.

https://topdogsocialmedia.com/get-marketing-attract-ideal-clients/

Next, if you already have a website for your business, be sure to integrate it with a Facebook Pixel!

I can not stress how important it is because while you’re getting clear on other things and keep sending traffic to your site, the Facebook Pixel will do a lot of the work for you in terms of creating an audience profile.

Oh and the same goes for Google Analytics! Don’t shy away from it.

Successful business owners look at and continue to learn from their numbers – in all areas of business. But you need to put your business in the best position possible to make those calls.

Additionally and if you have enough data, you can use sites like www.semrush.com to see where your traffic comes from.

This, in turn, can help you identify on which platforms your audience hangs out at the most which we talk more about in the up-coming Step 6.

STEP #5: KNOW YOUR IDEAL CLIENT LIKE THE BACK OF YOUR HAND

If you are reading this right now and your business ain’t flowing yet, it is probably because you spent more time asking yourself things like:

“How can I get more sales?”

“How can I sign another client to cover my fix costs this month?”

“Why is nobody buying from me?”

“Why am I not closing during sales calls?”

Etc.

All of these questions asked at the right time are valid questions.

Though, most of the time, the root to the solution of these questions is in determining the ideal client for your business!

You see, once you went through all of the previous steps, you’re going to elevate your language and how you show up when talking to him/her – if on social media or on the phone!

Your ideal client has a very particular way of speaking and thinking about things and particularly the NUMBER ONE PAIN POINT your business can help him/her solve the most!

This is very important to understand.

Most entrepreneurs and businesses fail to attract their ideal client because of the language they use in their branding AND marketing.

How can you change that?

(a) Identify 3 big competitors in your market.

(b) Go on their social media profiles (particularly Instagram, Blogs & Youtube), join their Facebook Groups, etc. for the SOLE PURPOSE to read through all of the COMMENTS they’ve been getting.

(c) Create a Google Spread Sheet & jot down all of the follow-up questions their followers have been asking them.

(d) Notice a pattern that is going to come up of particular questions and pain points.

(e) Decide on 3 pain points off all the questions you’ve collected.

(f) Test those 3 pain points with your own audience by publishing content.

(e) Identify the NUMBER ONE pain point AND messaging that your audience seems to relate to the most.

(f) Et voila! You’ve nailed your messaging.

If you follow these steps and you do this at least once per quarter, you can be sure that your business is growing exponentially and fast ;).

STEP #6: MEET YOUR IDEAL CLIENTS WHERE THEY HANG

Are your clients the type of people who spend a whole Saturday hanging out at Ikea or, do they prefer to go shopping at Hermes on Rodeo Drive?

Maybe they prefer to check out .. on Melrose Avenue or, they simply like to shop online?

Do you see where I’m going with this?

You HAVE TO take your time and find out where your ideal clients hang out at the most.

This will depend who you target in terms of age range, gender, industry, etc.

But most of the time, your ideal clients congregate on at least one of the social media channels.

STEP #7: BRAND YOURSELF LIKE THE CHAMP THAT YOU ARE

Now, it’s all about now playing it shy but showing the world and your ideal clients how awesome you are!

Mackwebsolutions has summed the core process for awesome branding up with this cool infographics:

Another component of great branding is to have a consistent content strategy in place.

In case you’d like to learn more about this component of effectively attracting your ideal clients through your content, check out this related article on the blog:

Now, it’s time to market yourself because you’re ready!

I hope you found this article helpful.

Be sure to spread the love and share it it if it has helped you! Or, screenshot parts of it and post it on your Instagram Story & tag me @corneliapauline <3.

Also, if you know your clients mostly hang out on Facebook and in Facebook Groups in particular, check out my FREE guide on,

“How to attract 10 new clients each month on Facebook without paying a dime for ads!”

It’s pretty neat with lots more details and tricks.

Plus, I’d recommend you check out the course details that are going to pop up after you opt in to one of my signature programs – Facebook Famous ;).

It’s been a game changer for many service-based entrepreneurs, network marketers and coaches who have scaled to $10,000/month with my Facebook Famous branding & selling strategies.

Let’s do this!

6 Best Digital Marketing Tools To Grow Your Business Online In 2019 – FAST & INTENTIONAL!

This content may contain affiliate links which may result in my being financially compensated for purchases site visitors make through said links.

It was not easy to narrow it down to 6 but if I had to pick, these are the absolute top 6 ones that I would choose and that my business couldn’t run without at the moment ;).

Let’s dive straight into it. Here’s my software list:

(1) Clickfunnels = #1 Landing Page Builder for 2019

  • Why Clickfunnels? My team and I have helped our clients create multiple 5 and 6-figure funnels by using CF (+ we are using it for our own funnels as well). Without a landing page or simple email opt in page, you’ve got no business online, you’ve got a hobby. To truly start creating a profitable business, you need to focus on building up your email list. Your money is in your list.
    • Clickfunnels makes it super easy to not only build up an email list but profit from it through a variety of funnels you can create with it. Not only that, I trust in the founders Russell Brunson and Todd Dickerson. I haven’t seen anyone innovate this fast when it comes to a landing page software like these two and their team.
  • Key growth benefits:
    1. Landing page builder for generating email leads & selling your products online (both physical and digital).
    2. You can create long-form sales letters, short-form video sales pages, eCommerce product pages, Webinar presentations, etc.
    3. Also, built affiliate presell pages.
    4. Helpful pre-created & designed templates that will help with engagement and conversions.
    5. Mobile- and tablet-optimization functionality of all pages.
    6. Integrated shopping cart builder.
    7. Integrated affiliate program.
    8. Integrated full on email marketing software.
    9. It’s results-oriented. They want you to make money vs just build pretty pages and put them on the web.
    10. And much, much more.
Side note: If you’d like to read a more detailed review of my experience of using Clickfunnels these past 5 years, you can do so here: https://corneliapauline.com/2017/12/08/go-crazy-clickfunnels/

(2) SEMRush. = For supercharging the virality of your content to increase traffic and revenue

  • Why SEMRush? It’s not enough to just create content for the sake of creating content. To experience real, measurable momentum when it comes to your content marketing – you need to understand and look at the numbers. A business owner always knows his numbers.
  • Key growth benefits:
    1. “It’s not just an SEO tool.”
    2. Uncover your competitors’ organic search, paid, content, PR, and social media strategies
    3. Find new keyword opportunities for your blog or target your competitor’s most successful keywords.
    4. Get a clear idea on how you can improve your url’s positioning online.
    5. Offers you a great backlink analysis and more.
    6. And much more.

(3) WeConnect (Linkedin): The single best software out there at the moment to supercharge the growth of your Linkedin account, impact and lead generation.

What the We-Connect dashboard looks like from a member of my team.

  • Why WeConnect? There are not that many automation and growth tools available yet for Linkedin. However, this one is a favorite among my clients and my own team. It allows us to connect, engage and grow our existing Linkedin audience 10x faster AND on autopilot (than if you’d invest hours upon hours of work into your Linkedin content).
  • KEY growth benefits:
    1. It allows you to find your precise ideal clients/customers on Linkedin and send personalized bulk 1:1 invites, compliant with Linkedin policies.
    2. You can create so-called ‘Linkedin bot message sequences’ and send automated and personalized messages to your Linkedin audience.
    3. When someone accepts your Linkedin request, you can send personalized follow-up messages, getting to know your new connections even better.
    4. Automate your LinkedIn profile visits and skill endorsements. Motivate people to visit your profile back.
    5. Like in a CRM ( ), you can sort potential leads and file away messages plus add notes. Super helpful for staying organized.
    6. And much more.

(4) TubeBuddy (Youtube): Youtube certified, FREE browser extension that integrates directly into your Youtube to help you manage your channel with ease.

  • Why TubeBuddy? More than 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s a lot of competition even considering the 1.3 billion people that use the platform regularly.
    • It’s not enough to just produce quality videos. You need data and research to make sure you’re producing the RIGHT videos that will rank.
  • KEY growth benefits:
    1. My personal favorite features are the amazing Keyword Research Tool, the Tag List, Tag Explorer and Suggested Tags.
    2. It’s also got A/B testing for your videos, best times to publish suggestions for your channel, it lets you automatically publish to FB and more…
    3. It has an easy-to-use thumbnail creator and you can save thumbnails for future use.
    4. A Best Practices Checklist for making sure you optimize your video for traffic before clicking that ‘publish’ button.
    5. After uploading a video, it has a Share Tracker feature to make sure you are promoting your video on as many social networks as possible.
    6. And much more. = Seriously the best growth hacking tool for anyone wanting to utilize Youtube to gain more eyeballs on their business and brand.

(5) ViralLoop: The digital word-of-mouth supercharge software

  • Why ViralLoop? Anything and everything that can give you an edge during the launch of a new product (or re-launch of an old one) is awesome. With ViralLoops you can utilize the traditional ‘word of mouth’ power and translate this online.
  • KEY growth benefits:
    1. Create referral campaigns so that when someone on social media refers your FILL-IN-THE-BLANK (physical product, eBook, membership program, software, course, video, etc.), they get a special gift/coupon/bonus/etc. If their friend takes them up on the referral.
    2. Add a gamification element to your referral campaigns.
    3. Recruit superfans or brand ambassadors for your product(s).
    4. Create an eCommerce loyalty program.
    5. Organize a Giveaway that goes viral.

(6) AdBeat: A powerful paid advertising spy tool.

  • Why AdBeat? An Omni-channel approach to advertising is KEY nowadays. You want to not only ever focus on 1 platform but you want to diversify your efforts and where you get your leads/traffic from. Now Facebook has a great free native tool you can use to spy on top advertisers and ads and that is: its own Facebook Ads Library.
    • However, in order to analyze display ads, AdBeat is the Queen! What is it? It is an online marketing SPY tool that allows you to uncover any advertiser’s ad strategy. AdBeat’s focus is on display advertising, not search engine advertising. The tool covers 26 different countries, 90+ ad networks and five different device types (Desktop, iPhone, iPad, Android, Android Tablet).
  • KEY growth benefits:
    1. Uncovers where a specific advertiser runs his/her ads exactly.
    2. Find out an advertiser’s or competitor’s top ads.
    3. Uncover competitors in your industry and market.
    4. Reveal who advertises on a specific domain to be able to advertise on the same domain as well.
    5. Show the top ads for a specific domain.
  • SPECIAL OFFER LINK (unfortunately, ADBeat doesn’t offer a free trial but they are pretty great about their 30-day money back guarantee if you feel like it’s not a fit for you and your business) = www.adbeat.com

BONUS suggestion:

(7)  ActiveCampaign: the email marketing software to grow your email list super fast and effortless.

  • Why ActiveCampaign? My team and I mainly use the built-in email marketing software from Clickfunnels. However, we also use ActiveCampaign and a lot of our clients use it too that want to keep their software budget at a certain price point. ActiveCampaign is a premier email marketing software, regardless of if you have 100 people on your list or 100,000 and more. Its usability will grow with you and your list.
  • KEY growth benefits:
    • ActiveCampaign learns from users’ data and consequently delivers effective, personalized messages and emails.
    • It includes a customer relationship management component that organizes all customer data, consolidates communication channels, and automatically conducts prospect tracking.
    • Easy to use drag-and-drop interface to create your email campaigns.
    • Split test capabilities.
    • Create automated email workflows.
    • Automate your email on-boarding sequence.
    • And much more…
  • SPECIAL OFFER LINK (get your free 14 day trial here) = https://www.activecampaign.com/?_r=5YAZ278A

And that’s it! I hope you found this blog post to be helpful! If you did, be sure to spread the love and share it <3. Did I forget a tool you personally really like? Be sure to leave a comment and tell the rest of us.

How much should a custom Sales Funnel project cost?

Eventually, you find yourself talking about cost.

If you’re a sales funnel builder and expert strategist, as I am, you’ve been asked how much your services cost thousands of times.

And you end up having to make some decisions:

  • What services exactly am I providing for this potential client?
  • How many hours do I think will this take my team and I to complete?
  • How much is the completion of this funnel project worth to the client, from a business perspective? How much return on investment is he/she able to gain from this funnel?
  • Does the client have money? Is the client clear on where he/she wants to take their business?
  • Should I charge hourly, by project or a retainer?
  • Is this a one off funnel project or, is there potential for a long term partnership with this client?
  • How busy am I or is my team? Do I need to take on this project? Do I even want it? How passionate am I about it?

Asking yourself these questions to begin with are very important. Also, how you are going to answer these is important. Evaluating the client from the beginning is crucial.

Why? Because every interaction I am going to have with the client in the future will help me learn more about them and the project at hand. Therefore, it will affect what the cost for the funnel project will be.

Of course, it’s also important to say that cost often times depend on market on location to where you’re based out of.

For the purpose of giving you as much behind-the-scenes information as I can, I’m talking to an American audience in U.S. dollars.

Please take those numbers and prices with a grain of salt, depending on where you live and what the economy and market demand is like in your country.

How much should a custom Sales Funnel project cost?

My team and I have built sales and marketing funnels, or been a part of funnel projects — all on Clickfunnels or BuilderAll — that have ranged in cost from under $1,000 to over $25,000, for complete funnels.

So in short: it depends.

This is why I can not provide you with an exact estimate of the cost or say, “This is what you should charge!”. Because, it varies a LOT.

The thing is, most people’s budget is on average 2-3 times smaller than their wishes or expectations. So if I give you an exact estimate, it’s highly unlikely both of you will be happy once it’s all said and done.

A proper estimate costs money

Let’s talk about the first thing I think a lot of marketing agencies or funnel builders miss out on when quoting for a sales funnel project:

It’s the estimate.

Creating a cost estimate of a funnel project takes time. A lot more time actually than 90% of prospects anticipate. That is, if you’re doing it right and you know what you’re doing.

You might wonder what all is needed to quote someone for a proper funnel project after the initial call with the prospect.

Here’s a quick list:

  • Market research.
  • Funnel hacking of competitors to see a potential marketing angle we could take for your project.
  • Existing social media landscape analysis.
  • Overall existing and potential traffic analysis.
  • Target audience research and analysis.
  • Coming up with ideas for testing potential marketing hooks.
  • Taking inventory if the client has all the assets needed to proceed and create a proper funnel or, if there would be any hold ups (like i.e. there’s a need for creating a teaser video, etc.).
  • Deciding on a funnel type.
  • Etc.

Most funnel builders and/or agencies spend hours and hours to put together a proper proposal for a client.

IF they are not yet charging for creating a price estimate and a proposal for the prospective clients, they are not only leaving money on the table but are not serving their clients at the highest levels.

Prices for such cost estimates from what I’ve seen can range from: $250 up to $5,500.

It’s up to the service provider if he discounts the client the price of the proposal once the client decides to continue working with the service provider.

Who is the funnel consultant?

If you are a funnel consultant of any type that is reading this right now, there are certainly a few common price ranges I can establish for you.

I’ll try my best to be specific with this post but because there are SO many different types of funnel projects you could be working on (like an eCommerce funnel, Book funnel, Digital Course Product sales funnel, B2B Lead Generation funnel, etc.), this is really, really hard.

Well, let’s start by segmenting based on WHO you are working with.

Basically, working with a freelancer will normally be cheaper than working with a marketing agency.

Agencies have more overhead, more padding built in, are more worried about cash flow, and generally just tend to be a bit more on the expensive side.

If you work with an agency, the risk of them falling off the map is generally a little lower, but they probably move a little slower too because they are typically working on numerous projects at once.

Furthermore and when you work with bigger and more established agencies, you’ll have to deal with changing contacts as the project progresses (from sales to design to development to maintenance, etc.).

If you work with a single freelancer, your risks are a bit higher that they might disappear someday.

This means that you want to vet them more carefully and this will be more important than if you decide to work with an agency (big or small).

But freelancers also tend to move much more quickly and don’t juggle as many projects at once. Often times, they even choose to work on one project at a time and that is totally okay if the freelancer knows what he/she is doing and just prefers to work this way.

Additionally, you have the benefit of working with (typically) one person that knows everything about your project the entire time, and you don’t feel like you’re constantly getting bounced around contacts which can happen in some agencies.

Again, for agencies this is totally normal and the most effective way for them to transform a project from conception to completion.

All in all, it is totally possible to have a great relationship with a freelancer or with an agency.

I think it typically depends on the client’s mentality and requirements as to determining which route is better.

In general, freelancers are great for jobs that fit the following criteria:

  • The job is small enough for one person to handle the entire thing (note, most funnel projects fit this category!)
  • The timeline is tight, and you want them to start quickly
  • Communication channels don’t have to be too formal
  • Big contractor agreements don’t have to be signed and the contractor doesn’t need insurance or other common big-business requirements

In general, agencies are better for the following criteria:

  • You don’t want to risk your consultant disappearing
  • You’re okay with a project structure you don’t define (most agencies have established processes you need to be following)
  • You’re okay with a multi-month project (I’d say most agency projects last between 2-6 months)
  • You don’t mind waiting until you can be fit into their schedule to start (often 30-90 days… but great freelancers often have significant backlogs too – so again, it depends)
  • You want a dedicated project manager (some freelancers are phone-call averse, so if you don’t mind that – great!)
  • Your project will require multiple full-time folks working simultaneously, either due to deadlines or huge project scope

Freelancer rates vs Agency rates

First of all, for the sake of this article, I’m going to assume that the funnel project stays in house with the agencies (and is not going to be outsourced or sub-contracted to a third party) and the freelancer is working on the project him-/her-self.

Next, I won’t get into hourly versus project billing and retainers yet.

Most of the time and even if they don’t charge hourly, both the freelancer and the agency has to estimate the amount of hours it will take them to complete the project.

That’s just common business sense because you have to have a feel for how much man power needs to be allocated to create the desired results.

Finally, I’m utilizing these hourly rates as if it’s for billable work and known costs. So, if the rate is $100 per hour and the funel strategy + design will take 50 hours and the development + implementation will take 50 hours and you build in 25 hours for project management, it would be 125 hours and the project would cost $12,500.

Profits, overhead, and everything else are “built in” to the internal hourly rate — just like if someone were billing the client hourly for the work.

Freelancer rates

  • Beginner freelancer: $25-$40 per hour
  • Intermediate freelancer: $40-75 per hour
  • Good, experienced freelancer: $75 – $125 per hour
  • Excellent, in demand freelancer: $125 – $175 per hour
  • Specialist, best in industry: $175 – $400 per hour

Agency rates

  • Small market general agency: $50 – $75 per hour
  • Medium market general agency: $75 – $115 per hour
  • Medium market reputable agency: $115 – $150 per hour
  • Medium market high end agency: $150 – $175 per hour
  • Medium market best in industry agency: $175 – $225 per hour
  • Large market reputable agency: $150 – $175 per hour
  • Large market high end agency: $175 – $250 per hour
  • Large market best in industry agency: $200 – $275 per hour

When I say “best in industry”, I’m referring to an agency that’s made a name for itself in regard to something specific — maybe high-end Clickfunnels websites, or they are famous for doing certain types of funnels for certain industries/markets/target audiences extremely well. It depends.

When I talk market size, I mean the difference between working in big towns or small cities (small market), cities that are thriving but not huge are medium market, or the type of city that’s got pro sports teams and 1 million+ people which would be a large market.

Not listed, but notable, are the mega-markets like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco types. I’m sure you can pay as much as you desire for services in such places!

Also, these are all guesses.

Please, please, please don’t take these guesses as offense if you think I’m totally off. I’m purely trying to paint a picture of the landscape for you, as best as I see and have experienced it of my 5.5 years of running a marketing agency in this industry :).

You see, I talk to a lot of people. I read a ton – offline and online. I interview a ton of experts on my podcast. I go to numerous conferences throughout the year.

Therefore, I think I have a decent take on the market and how it has been developing these past 5.5 years. And I think, this is a practical range to work with, especially if you feel totally lost on this topic (I hope not anymore!).

Consultants break their own rules all the time

Freelancers and agencies though break their own rules all the time. It’s just part of the game.

For example, say you’re contacted by a big brand and your absolute dream client. In order to have a competitive edge and bid out all the other competitors, a consultant can end up lowering his/her rates by a third (or even more).

Also when working with referrals, the numbers get changed at times and don’t add up anymore to what I’ve previously listed.

Consultants may also charge less if a client continues to work with them over and over again on new funnel projects. Or, they will offer a special pricing if you sign a monthly retainer with them for up to six months or even a year. Naturally, this varies by consultant.

Who is the client?

The client is always a huge factor in price. In short, if I estimate that a client is going to be difficult (based off of our past conversations and communication) and I still decide to take on the client because I believe in his project so much, it can affect the ‘client multiplication effect’ I put on the overall project cost. The same is true the other way round.

What is a ‘client multiplication effect’?

Well, I’m so glad you asked!

Over a number of years now, my team and I started to pick up on certain client qualities that end up well,… costing money.

Here is only a short list of some things that can get expensive:

  • The client doesn’t have one point of contact (instead, multiple people always have to be looped into communication and are needed to make one decision)
  • The client has to get some form of committee or industry approval (think non-profit organizations and the financial industry)
  • The client contact isn’t decisive, or doesn’t seem capable to play the “consultant advocate” role well internally
  • The client has a lot of red tape for decision making
  • The client’s payment schedules are really bad (as in, I might not get paid for work I’ve done for weeks or even months and hence, everything is put on hold!)
  • The client contact is prone to huge, essay-long email threads over small issues with a project
  • The client contact wants daily or frequent phone calls or hour-long meetings
  • The client doesn’t have a clear business plan, constantly changes who he wants to be targeting in the first place and will require a lot of advising and hand-holding along the way

As you can tell, all of these are client-related issues and people or organizational matters. They have little to do with the actual project itself.

Let’s say the work for a project will be around $15,000. I usually add up the estimated ‘client multiplication effect’ by looking at these and similar qualities that could end up getting costly from a project management perspective and apply them to the overall cost.

In a $15,000 project, it’s not uncommon for $3,000 of that to be actual project management costs.

If I decide there are enough concerns to warrant 50% higher project management costs, the project gets a $2,500, or 12.5%, increase in overall project cost.

Looking for client qualities that trigger higher costs is vital as a consultant!

And for potential clients out there and reading this right now: keep in mind that your qualities (organizational and behavioral) affect your consultant’s price and potentially, even his/her performance.

Costs ranges for different types of funnels

There are many types of funnels for various industries (I’ve actually never even heard of an industry where it wouldn’t be beneficial to use a funnel as part of their marketing), and each has their own potential costs associated.

The many different types of funnels

I tend to rank sites in complexity like this:

  • Email opt in funnel: A funnel that has the purpose of building someone’s email list online. Typically, we have an opt in page where something of value is offered for free in exchange for an email address. Then, there is a subsequent thank you page with a possible up-sell or other follow up page.
  • Webinar or online presentation funnel: This is a funnel often used across industries and the primary purpose is to sell a higher-ticket item or, to pre-prep and pre-qualify people and get them on a call with you.
  • Online sales funnel: This can be used to sell digital products of any kind. It’s usually full of up-sells, down-sells, etc. Regardless of, if you’re ‘funneling’ people down to a membership site or to a core offer with up-sells, the difficulty level for such a project is around the same.
  • B2B lead generation funnel: B2b lead generation requires a bunch of things to be integrated with a few funnel sites. Typically, there are bots involved to optimize the lead generation and more.
  • eCommerce funnel: These types of funnels usually require a bunch of outside integrations plus configurations, as well as custom coding due to order counts, etc. There are also a bunch of up-sells and down-sells involved.
  • Podcaster funnel: This is a funnel that is mainly designed for existing podcasters to accelerate your podcast’s success, extend your reach and monetize on your audience.
  • A whole funnel network: Take any one of the previous funnels and think of creating an entire online network with any number of those. This project is the most extensive and time-consuming one.

The hours it takes to build these different types of funnels can vary tremendously; it depends on the consultant’s experience, whether they’ve done similar work before in a particular or related niche, how many “gotchas” appear in the project, how particular the client is about any given funnel step, etc.

However and in my opinion, there are a few key concepts about pricing.

Pricing concepts

Generally, I try to estimate and evaluate the following before I can wrap my head around how much it’s going to cost and how long it will take before we see results.

  • Does the client have an engaged social media following? How does it look like and how engaged/big is it?
  • Does the client have a big paid advertisement budget or rather not?
  • If the client has an existing website, how many unique views a month on his/her website are there?
  • Has the client proven the HOOK of his product he/she is planning on selling?
  • Does the client have an attractive character for his brand and a relatable, engaging brand story that we can use for marketing?
  • Is the client’s product OFFER strong enough or, will we have to work on it?
  • Has the client sold online before and if so, how many unites on a regular daily/weekly and monthly basis?
  • Has the client used a funnel before or, is this his/her first one?

There are a few more identification factors but these are pretty much the most important ones. In case I forgot any, be sure to leave a comment down below.

Now, why is getting this information important?

Well, the client can have a big advertisement budget and an active, engaged social media following plus he/she could have sold online the product before (so it’s a ‘proven sell’). As a result, we will be able to see conversions and a return on investment really quickly with any funnel we’d built for such a client.

If the client has no active social media following, a very small paid advertisement budget and has just launched a brand-new product that has no social proof yet, it is going to take any funnel consultant much longer to get you conversions, in essence.

I hope I was able to illustrate with these two extremes what a funnel consultant is able to do for you and where he/she might be struggling.

Creating and implementing a funnel for a business is not a magical wand swish. It is rather an amplification of how well a business is currently doing and a helping system to take it to the next level.

Let’s Talk Pricing Content

With Clickfunnels (or pretty much any other funnel building software), for example, you can add as many funnel pages as you want. The more funnel pages a marketing strategy might require, the more complex the new project will be. However, again, ‘more pages’ do not mean ‘more effective’ (in terms of ROI).

A funnel with, for example, 3 pages can be way more effective than a funnel with 12 pages. Again, it depends on the client, market and the overall strategy your funnel consultant comes up with.

Now, before sending out a proposal (or understanding the one from your funnel consultant) there are typically a lot of individual factors that you want to take into consideration with:

  • Has the funnel strategy be done before-hand or will it be created as part of the project?
  • How many integrations are needed (think email marketing softwares, etc.)?
  • What software will be used to implement the funnel?
  • Are there any particular specifications or wishes in regards to the design?
  • If copy is included in the funnel project proposal or, will the copy for the funnel pages be provided by the client?
  • If paid advertisement (in the form of Facebook Ads, Youtube Ads, etc.) will be covered as well and in what shape or form? We’re talking how many campaigns, re-targeting campaigns, audience research, you name it.
  • If organic social media marketing is included or, done by the client or, another freelancer?
  • Are emails included or not?

These are just some quick thoughts on content of a funnel proposal. There are more, but this is a great starting point.

Side note: Digital assets of any kind are typically always provided by the client.

Custom design vs a pre-built theme

You may have noticed I have not once brought up the question of whether the funnel is built using custom design or with a pre-built distributed software theme (regardless of funnel software you choose to use).

Honestly, funnels cost money for many reasons far beyond the base styles.

In my 5.5 years of being in this business, I can honestly say that the effectiveness in terms of R.O.I. of a funnel has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that a template was used or the funnel was custom built.

If a funnel consultant knows what he/she is doing, they know that focusing on things like nailing the marketing message, the flow of the offers and offer value itself – are things (among many others) that are way more important than answering the question if a pre-built theme should be used or the funnel should be custom designed.

Pricing remains hard

Are you confused yet? Good.

Pricing is tough. Really. Tough.

People write books on this subject and teach courses about it for different industries and consultants to no end. I’ve written over 3,000 words thus far and I’m not even sure if I’ve done it any justice at all. But bear with me.

Custom funnel prices

Okay, so after all of this information, how much is it really?

Hopefully now you realize it could be… anything.

People are not kidding when they say $1,000 or even $1,000,000 (or more!). Yes, I’ve honestly heard and seen it all!

However, in the interest of being helpful, I think here are some “ballparks” to consider:

Can you get a custom funnel for under $1,000? Yes, but be very careful and know your risk of getting something imperfect is really high.

If you work with a good freelancer who understands funnel marketing, I think ~70% of custom funnels for average folks and average businesses will cost between $3,000 and $15,000.

If you work with a good agency in a medium market, I think ~70% of custom funnels for average folks and average businesses will cost between $8,000 and $75,000.

This difference from freelancers is because larger companies and ‘bigger entrepreneurs’ will naturally gear toward agencies and agencies will be less likely to take on smaller projects if they can take on the bigger ones instead.

That said, some agencies love the small jobs, because they get really good over time at doing quality work for a very particular niche in less time than the competition.

If you work with say the best in business freelancer for doing specific funnels in a specific niche and that’s what he/she is sought after, you’ll probably spend between $10,000 and $105,000+. The freelancer you work with will probably utilize a team of other subcontractors in this scenario, because it’s rare for someone to truly deliver all the things you need running solo. And that freelancer will know exactly what is needed.

If you work with a best in business agency to build something special (regardless of funnel type), you’ll probably spend between $15,000 and $500,000+. Most agencies will self-perform the work, and often times you can expect them to be available for retainer contracts, hosting / maintenance agreements, and other long-term relationship style services included in such a proposal.

It’s also worth noting that in large projects, it’s very common to break them into multiple projects and phase them.

This is very typical with seven-figure clients, and in these scenarios it’s not uncommon for some agencies to have multi-million dollar per year clients, whether billed by project, profit share or retainer, or a combination of all.


Please note: I wrote this post for three audiences:

  1. Clients looking to hire a funnel consultant, and not knowing what to consider when comparing costs.
  2. Funnel consultants that are still trying to wrap their head around pricing.
  3. Me, because my team and I have been building funnels for years, and we’re honestly not even close to having it down.

I hope this has helped you and I apologize if it offended you in any shape or form.

If you have more to add, I’d love to hear more about it in the comments down below.


P.S.

If you are a funnel consultant (or aspiring one) and you’ve loved this article and want to dive even deeper into the concept of pricing, sales and more, check out the Funnel Pro Academy. All the info you could possibly want or need is inside this membership site.

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How To Marie Kondo Your Suitcase?

Packing can be stressful. 

Not only do you have to make arrangements for the fact that you will be leaving town and need to make sure your house/kids/pets/plants are taken care of, you also have to decide what to bring with you! Are you a light packer, or one who usually brings lots of items along, just in case?

At least for me, as a busy professional woman, I am sorely tempted to bring along a number of non-essentials. 

My hairdryer, my entire make-up arsenal (you just never know what kind of face you’re going to need to put on), books for the plane ride…pretty soon I have a bulky and heavy suitcase that is a pain to lug around. 

Never mind that it also probably weighs over 50 pounds and I’ll have to pay extra fees at airport check-in. No, thank you.

It’s sometimes tough to focus on packing when there’s so much else going on. Sometimes logic flies out the window during the packing process, especially if you’re short on time or feeling rushed. 

But with a little ingenuity and planning, you can Marie Kondo Your Suitcase like a boss and still have everything you need for your trip.

Golden Rule # 1: Does This Bring You Joy?

Marie Kondo’s main message is: If an item no longer (or never did) bring you joy, discard! The same is true when packing for a trip. 

So often we tend to haphazardly throw things in our bag that we end up never using or wearing. You wonder why you even brought it. So, for each piece, ask yourself: Does this bring you joy? Do you truly enjoy wearing/using it? 

If not, it doesn’t make the cut and doesn’t belong in your suitcase!

Packing Light is Key

This is true for a number of reasons. Not only is your suitcase lighter, but you won’t have to worry about overage fees when you check in at the airport. 

And depending on how long your trip is, you may even be able to get away with just a carry-on! Imagine that! In addition, having a lighter load means not dragging your luggage heavily over uneven concrete streets, or up flights of stairs when no elevator is available. Your back will thank you.

During the packing process, carefully smooth your clothes, fold any sleeves in and fold the piece in half lengthwise, then fold over, then in thirds (again using Marie Kondo’s method.) This way, you can pack them upright so you can easily spot and grab. 

Underwear and socks are another issue. These tend to get soiled more easily, but only take a few pair as most accommodations these days provide laundry facilities and you can wear several things more than once.

Mix and Match

When planning outfits, choose the appropriate number of tops and bottoms where you can mix and match to make several different outfits from just a few pieces.

The idea is to essentially turn one outfit into three!

Use neutral colors whenever possible, and choose pieces all from the same color palette. In this way, you can turn three tops and three bottoms into about nine ensembles!

And ladies, don’t forget to bring a couple of lightweight dresses to throw into the mix ;).

If it helps, lay out all clothing so you can visually see what the items look like together. Shoes/boots/sandals should be treated the same way. 

I always, always, always hang up all of the clothing I’m thinking of taking on a rack first and then, I go through a process of elimination to decide which final i.e. 9 outfits I want to bring with me. It’s super helpful!

Try to pack only two or three pairs of footwear and coordinate them with your outfits. Nothing is clunkier or takes up more space than your shoes.

Packing Cubes are King

They are like a guardian angel for organization and arranging things where they are easily found. Having tops, bottoms, dresses and underwear in their own compartments with clear, see-through packing cubes makes things so much easier.

They also help compress some of your items in your suitcase, leaving room for more bulky items or room for things you will inevitably buy during your trip!

Just don’t get too carried away with the shopping – it’s also a good idea to apply the same ‘will this bring me joy’ philosophy when shopping on the road. Anything you want to buy should pass through two filters:

1) Will this be something I’ll still want to own when I get back home?

2) Will it fit into my suitcase?

In case you’re wondering, I’ve been using these packing cubes and I totally love them :):

Cosmetics and Other Essentials

Since most airlines will let you take one carry-on and one purse/small bag with you on the plane, it makes sense to stow your make-up and any other essentials such as medication and electronics in your carry-on luggage.

Think about what activities you have planned and pack your cosmetics accordingly, taking only what you need. For example, if this is strictly a beach holiday, chances are you won’t need a lot (or any) makeup for that, just plenty of sunscreen and a hat or two!

Go through all of your cosmetics carefully as you are packing. Do you really need that extra lipstick shade or eyeshadow palette? Keep is simple. Less is more, always!

And it goes without saying to use TSA-approved travel sizes for any liquids you have, otherwise you will need to check it in your suitcase.

Side note: If you’d want to check out and find out what I put into my carry-on cosmetics bag, check out this blog article I wrote a little while ago. It’s full of my 26 must-have items to look fresh and be ready to take on your next adventure, even after a long-haul flight ;):

26 Products In My Carry-On I Can’t Travel Without

Be Prepared

Another pro tip you may have heard before, but it bears repeating – throw one basic outfit and set of underwear into your carry-on luggage.

Just in case the airlines lose your luggage, you have something to wear for a day as you’re waiting to get your luggage back. This is especially true for long-haul flights.

The above tips and tricks will ensure your luggage is light, clutter-free and easy to manage.

Having just the necessities during a trip will make you feel like you’re covered, while also taking some of the worry out of keeping track of too many belongings <3.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog if you did and/or share it with your friends ;).

And now – I’m curious – how about you? Do you have any tips you use when packing the Marie Kondo way? Please leave a comment, I’d love to know what you do!

THE 10 best conference shoes to wear for female entrepreneurs and professionals

Okay ladybosses, girlbosses, bossbabes and female entrepreneurs en large!

I’m kind of a conference-going veteran. In all honesty, I think I must have been to like 17 conferences this past year alone and can’t even remember to how many I’ve already been this past decade. In short, it’s been a LOT.

Summits, events expos, conferences of ALL sizes and more all around the world.

The one thing I repeatedly keep wondering about though is the shoe choice of some of the female conference goers.

You see, most of the time I can tell which ladies are used to conferences and ‘mean business’ and which ones are ‘conference virgins’ or, there for possible other reasons.

If you mean business and you want to get a LOT done – for goodness sake girl, WEAR COMFY SHOES!!!

Trust me, I know what it feels like to try and prospect a potential client or speak on stage all the while feeling like your front five toes are killing you and all you can think of really is, “I need to get out of these shoes *cry*!”

Each step hurts and towards the end of the day, your toes resemble a bloody battlefield – or, almost. 

Believe me girl, I’ve been there and it ain’t fun.

So, after attending the Affiliate Summit West this past week in the buzzing city that is Las Vegas, I decided to write this quick post on some of THE best conference shoes for us ladies that I’ve found you can wear without having to worry about a thing. AND… while still looking like a true rockstar ;).

This way you can focus on what it is that you do best and rock it throughout the entire conference <3.

So, here we go with our countdown:

Le Sneakers.

Growing up in Europe, I was actually not a fan of the idea of wearing sneakers to any type of professional event. 

My mother – who has helped me birth my sense of fashion – always instilled in my the idea of wearing high heels to professional events!

My mother grew up in the seventies and even though America has seen a huge wave of women fighting for their equality and people in general fighting against their government and norms that have barricaded their day-to-day freedom thus far,…

People in Europe (and especially women in my view) have held on to cultural traditions to still feel some form of control over what had happened only a couple of decades prior in the aftermath of World War 2. 

Regardless, sneakers are going to be one of your BEST friends during any type of conference and are still my go-to shoes far and beyond.

And in case you really don’t like typical sporty-looking pairs, here are some of my favorites that I totally love because they not only look cool and professional but are oh-so-good for ya toes:

ADIDAS

GOLDEN GOOSE

GUCCI

VALENTINO

JOHNSTON & MURHPY

VEJA

PUMA

Le Flat Boots.

Depending on what time of the year your conference is, sneakers work but sometimes, boots might be better if say the conference is during harsh Winter months. 

So, here is a list of my favorite boots and/or booties that I’ve worn to conferences and that have proven to not only be super comfortable but also look professional.

SAM EDELMAN

RAG & BONE

SUDINI ALETTA

And that’s it for my suggestions :)!

Now, you could also wear ballet flats which some of my girlfriends really love wearing to conferences. However and since I personally never wear ballet flats, I have no specific recommendations for you. 

If you have any, do drop a comment down below and let us know! 

Finally, I would refrain from wearing flip flops or open-toe shoes of any kind even though, I have seen those around? Why? Because personally, to me they are not very professional. 

So, keep your toes in the shoes for the conference (especially, since conference rooms can get really cold at times and you don’t want those tiny suckers to get cold) and let them out later when you get to the room or, hit up the pool or Spa for some much needed relaxation. 

If you’ve enjoyed this post be sure to subscribe and I talk to you soon <3. 

Let’s do this!

~ Cornelia Pauline

How the concept of the ‘Upper Limit’ can be dangerous to entrepreneurs’ mindsets

Have you read this book? Oh, you must read it! It is awesome,” one of my entrepreneur friends said to me.

I glanced at the image of the book she sent me over Facebook messenger. It was ‘The Big Leap’ by Gay Hendricks.

Now, I have a love-hate-kinda relationship with this book.

When I first read this book, I truly liked it. I thought it was full of ground-breaking ideas and concepts. I heard about it while listening to one of Marie Forleo’s Youtube videos. I’m a fan of Marie Forleo and so, I trusted her and read the book.

In the video, she talked about the Upper-Limit concept. I was curious to find out what it was all about because at the time, it resonated with me and the consistent bumps I was experiencing in my business development cycle.

In case you haven’t read the book or, you need a reminder regarding the main message of the book, this is it:

According to Gay Hendricks, we each have a set point for happiness, he says, like the setting on a thermostat.

Whenever we reach beyond it, we unconsciously drag ourselves back down to the level we’ve gotten used to. We do this by making a mistake, getting sick, ruining a relationship, or finding another way to sabotage ourselves so we don’t exceed our set point for happiness.

According to Hendricks, we develop this set point based on old scripts from childhood and he refers to it as the “upper limit problem.”

Pretty interesting concept, right?

I am not denying that we are not unconsciously programmed in certain ways that goes back to childhood and adolescent experiences. I am also not denying that we carry a lot of these ‘programs’ with us and they influence the way we react to the world we’ve created around us.

Though, over the past four years of full-time entrepreneurship, I’ve found this book to be dangerous in many ways.

Yep. Pretty strong statement right there and I even feel a bit uncomfortable writing this because I am no Gay Hendricks *yet* but I want to explain to you why I – as an entrepreneur and business owner – think that the main message of the book is dangerous.

To explain this further, let’s dive into some truths about human psychology and our inner make up.

Our believes shape our worldview.

Yes? I think we can all agree with that statement..

Yes? I think we can all agree with that statement..

Now, if your belief shapes your worldview, then what you think not only about yourself but the world will shape your reality.

If I buy into this idea that is outlined in the book that to get to each NEXT level in my personal development, I am faced with hitting and working through some form of crushing Upper Limit – it will hold me back.

Heck, I’ve found myself simply finding excuses and explaining certain situations away by referring to them as, “Oh well, this is just my upper limit showing up so I will just have to take this slow. Etc.

What is worse is that I was even expecting to hit a block and either i.e. get physically sick or self-sabotage myself!

At every stage of my entrepreneurial journey that is.

How dangerous is that?

And not only that, I started to believe that growth has to be correlated with pain.

Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes, experiencing pain is essential to grow in specific areas. A great example for this would be going to the gym and reaching a certain body goal. That typically is connected with some form of muscle pain.

Though, if you expect that you are going to experience Upper Limits when you move through professional, business and life stages, you can also take this believe as an excuse NOT to act BECAUSE you know you will experience pain. And we humans, generally try to avoid pain.

Do you see where I am going with this?

Yes, there are many helpful passages in the book. It’s a well-written book, I am not going to negate that and you can certainly take some insightful concepts away from it.

But it is equally important to stress that how you are digesting the context of the book could be potentially dangerous to your self-development.

It can have a negative affect on your mindset based on how you choose to view and integrate the knowledge shared in the book into your overall believe system (as was the case for me).

Personally, I choose to believe that growth is something beautiful and even though, it always requires effort – which can be painful at times – it is also equally connected with joy AND fun.

My intention with this article is to help you understand that you can break through the regular ‘entrepreneur development cycle’ that consists of:

Take focused action.

See yourself making some progress.

Dream bigger.

Then, have yourself freak out internally about the progress you are making.

Self-sabotage.

End up where you started (or just a tiny bit further ahead).

THIS. IS. EXHAUSTING.

Let’s change this life-cycle and stop with the self-sabotaging already!

You are what you believe.

Choose to believe something else, something that will serve you better.

Believe in perfect timing <3.

In fact, believe that YOU have perfect timing. Always. And grow at a pace that feels right for you without ever ‘hitting’ any upper limits ever again.

How so?

Because whatever progress you are experiencing right now or, will experience in the future, YOU HAVE BEEN MADE FOR THIS.

As a result, this completely deflects and negates the concept of upper limits.

What’s your take on this? Would love to know in the comments down below <3.

P.S. You might also enjoy: https://corneliapauline.com/2018/02/14/people-succeed-life-others-dont/

10 things entrepreneurs can learn from Freddie Mercury!

Yep. After reading the title of this blog post, you probably figured already but Ben and I went ahead and watched The Bohemian Rhapsody this past weekend.

And boy! Are we in love with Freddie Mercury and our existing love for all the Queen songs has been newly ignited (okay, almost all, because I still don’t get the Bicycle song until this day ^^)!

After the movie, we went for some fusion Korean Bibimbap and Mexican dinner and chatted like always about our impressions of the movie and the story-line.

By the way, if you’re an entrepreneur and marketer, I highly recommend analyzing and dissecting the story lines of movies you’ve just seen.

Think back to what parts stuck out to you, where the theater audience ‘ahs and oohs‘ and why that might have been the case, etc. You learn a lot about creating a great story from watching great (and not so great) movies. Ma favorite!

Anyway, back to today’s post ;).

Here are the 10 things an entrepreneur can learn from Freddie Mercury:

(1) UTTER SELF-CONFIDENCE

“I won’t be a rockstar, I will be a Legend.”

Granted, probably none of you that are reading this right now ever wanted to be a rockstar. Or, maybe you did :)? Be sure to comment with what kind of rock star if that was the case #badassalert .

Regardless, it is save to say that especially as an entrepreneur, you want to build something legendary. You want to leave your mark on this world.

Am I right? Yes? Great!

Now, to leave your mark on this world it is SO important to believe in yourself. Regardless of what your parents, your spouse or significant other, your children, best friends, mentors, experts and students say – if you want to become a legend, follow Freddie Mercury’s example and believe in yourself.

Totally and completely.

Deal?!

(2) THE ALTER-EGO EFFECT

“You can be anything you want to be, just turn yourself into anything you think that you could ever be.”

Have you ever heard of the psychological phenomenon, the ‘Alter Ego effect’?

If not, here’s the gist of it:

An alter ego (Latin for "other self") is a second self, which is believed to be distinct from a person's normal or true original personality. A person who has an alter ego is said to lead a double life.

According to performance coach, Todd Herman, an Alter Ego allows you to increase your performance in business! How so?

Think about it…

Whether you know it or don’t realize it, you’re operating in your day with an alter ego – always. If you assume a different ego as a mother, father, boss, employee, etc. As such, you’re stepping into different stages of your life constantly: work, family, friends, public and private, and magnifying different parts of your personality to be successful in each of them.

The problem is, you’re more than likely allowing the fears, judgements of others and personal insecurities you have, to govern the actions you’re taking.

So, if you’d consciously create an Alter Ego for yourself as an entrepreneur, you can overcome all these road blocks so much faster and more efficiently.

How do you create an Alter Ego? Well, there are many ways to do so. It can be as simple as choosing to wear specific glasses throughout the day during work – or, whenever you do a call, FB live, etc. you put on a specific lipstick shade ;).

Freddie Mercury did the same by consciously creating his Alter Ego for the stage throughout his clothes. How will you do it? Leave a comment down below.

If you’re curious to read more about the Alter Ego effect, I recommend you check out Todd’s book here.

He also has this amazing program called, the 90 Day Year. I went through it twice already and loved it! In the program, he teaches you not only how to spike your performance as an entrepreneur but also, how to work way more efficiently. The program is currently closed but I recommend signing up to Todd’s waitlist to get notified and receive a free video training once he launches the program again ;).

To sign up for the 90DayYear waitlist, click HERE. 

(3) LOVE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

“I’m possessed by love, but isn’t everybody?”

Too often we are consumed by ego-centric questions like, “I want to hit that revenue,” “I’m afraid they don’t like what I have to offer,” “our operations need to improve,” etc.

They are all coming from the business’s and organization’s point of view and not, from the perspective of what is best for our customer and client. Surely, we care about them. But I want to advocate to care more about them <3.

To put our customers and clients experiences and results at the upmost importance to us, so much so that we think about this ninety percent of the time.

Because, if our customers and clients feel that we truly love doing business with them, this love, dedication and care will become amplified and success is unavoidable.

So, I want to encourage you that whatever it is that you do and create throughout your career, make sure to love what you are doing and for whom you are doing it for. Be in love with your market and niche, love your customers and clients, love your struggles as well as successes…

In the end, life is all about love, babe ;).

(4) GOAL SETTING

“I like to be surrounded by splendid things.”

What are some numbers that you’re trying to hit throughout your entrepreneurial journey and

Even when Freddie Mercury was still working at a packer at the London Heathrow Airport, he knew that one day he would like to be surrounded by splendid things.

He was always fighting, especially with his father about the kind of lifestyle he yearned to create. The thing is, if you also love the more splendid things in life, there is nothing wrong with it. It is totally okay and I encourage you to get clear on those.

Get clear on the goals that you have for your life and how you envision your ideal life to play out.

In case you feel like you need a little bit of help, to map out your goals for 2019, check out this free training masterclass that allows you to fully map out your 2019 Goals to guarantee you’re going to have the best year yet ;.

You can sign up for the free masterclass HERE to assure you set yourself up for success in 2019, even if you’ve struggled to hit your goals in the past <3. 

(5) CHARISMA

“The reason we’re successful, darling? My overall charisma, of course.”

If there is one thing that we can all agree on it’s that Freddie Mercury had one bombastic charisma. Now, I dug into this a little bit and interestingly enough, I found out that you can learn how to become more charismatic!

I love Vanessa VanEdwards‘ research on this topic and here’s an interesting interview where she shares the ‘5 Habits Of Exceptionally Charismatic People’. Which one was the one that was most surprising to you? Comment down below for a chance to win an Amazon GiftCard 😉

(6) ORIGINALITY TRANSLATES

“The whole point of Queen was to be original.”

Why originality? Originality translates into emotions. Emotions connect people.

There is so much noise online and all around us. So much noise. We experience a constant onslaught of the media, different people’s opinions and more.

In a world that has so much noise, how do you find your originality? It’s a question that I ask myself a lot because I believe that originality is a part of making your message go viral (if not the most important part of the recipe when we talk about a business’s message).

So, how can you be original? I recommend checking out my free guide, The 10 Ways To Craft Authentic Organic Content Online’.You will find some amazing tips on how you can keep your voice fresh and original online ;).

(7) BE 1000% COMMITTED

“When we began, we approached it the way we did because we were not prepared to be out-of-work musicians, ever. We said either take it on as a serious commodity or don’t do it at all.”

Did you know that there was a test that measured your commitment? If your jaw just dropped open than you’re like me a few months ago when I first found out about it.

Test are always fun, aren’t they? So, I thought I’d share this with me. Granted, Freddie Mercury surely did not take this test to ever measure his level of commitment because he was so one-thousand percent committed to Queen and their goals.

Regardless, I think with all of the shiny object syndrome all around us that often times come from consuming things online, it is a great idea to measure your commitment to find out if it could use some focus on our end.

Here is the link to take the test. The best part? It’s free.

Commitment Test: http://www.mydailymoment.com/app/quiz/userquiz/takequiz/152

(8) PURPOSE

“I love the fact that I can make people happy, in any form. Even if it’s just an hour of their lives, if I can make them feel lucky or make them feel good, or bring a smile to a sour face, that to me is worthwhile.”

Why do you want to be an entrepreneur?
Why do you want to grow your specific business?
What is your purpose?
What is the message you want to share with your tribe?
What brings a smile onto your ideal customers and clients?
What brings a smile onto your own face?
How do you want your ideal customers or clients to feel when doing business with you?

If you’ve never stopped and paused to answer these questions for yourself, I want to encourage you to do so right now. Grab your favorite notebook or your journal, lighten a candle, turn on some soothing music and off you go. Figure out these questions for you.

Note: There are no right or wrong answers. There are only those answers that feel like they are in alignment with you.

(9) MONEY

“Money can not buy happiness, but it can damn well give it!”

This is something that I absolutely believe in. Growing a business means that you have to grow your business revenue. This is something any business owner will always focus on.
If your revenue is not growing, your business is not growing.

Side note: You might find this article interesting that I wrote on how my team and I at FunnelGal hit the $20,000 in a month in revenue mark *yay*. Enjoy!

Read more here: https://corneliapauline.com/2017/12/24/true-behind-scenes-look-making-20000-revenue-month/

Now, the more money you personally make does not mean that your happiness will grow at the same rate. You are responsible for your own happiness and it is something that is fundamentally innate.

However, something that will definitely ignite your own happiness is if you give meaningful gifts and financial support to someone in dire need of it.

(10) ALLOW YOURSELF TO DREAM

“My soul has painted like the wings of butterflies,
Fairy tales of yesterday will grow but never die,
I can fly, my friends…”

And now, after you’ve finished reading this post, go ahead and fly, darling <3!

Show us what you are made of.

Make your life count ;).

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The Secret Key To Winning At Any Online Marketing Strategy

So, here’s a thought…Let’s say you’ve spent months learning about funnels and online marketing strategies.

You read all the books. 
You consumed all the videos.
You listened to all the podcasts. 
You’ve done all the work.

And… you continue to do so.

But, your funnel STILL is not converting.
The sales are not coming in. 
Your product or service offering is not getting picked up. 
Your revenue is not increasing.

And, in fact, you’re even going into the negative with your investment because you’re spending too much on… well, whatever. You know.

So, where’s the hiccup?
What is happening?
Why ain’t your funnel converting?

I have this theory…
The issue lies within your BELIEF – or lack thereof.

Deep down. 
Yep, really, really, really deep down at times.

You do not believe in your product and that it can bring people the results you promise you can bring them. 
You do not believe in your service offering and that you actually have the experience and expertise to make a difference for your client.
Above all, you do not believe in yourself.

And to hit the nail on the head: 
You do not believe – if you’re really honest with yourself – that you deserve to make a nice income with your funnel(s) and create a rich life for you and your family.

If this resonates with you right now, there are 2 ways to work through this:

(1) Your product/service offering actually does suck and you need to go back to the drawing board and make it as great as it can be.

This way, you will automatically believe in it and the ‘sales’ and ‘selling’ part of things is not going to be an issue anymore.

Now, how can you go about improving your offering?

I recommend you go back to ‘the essentials’.

If you have customers and clients, talk to them and make sure you record the conversations (asking them before you do though, of course). You want to find out where they are still stuck.

What is slowing them down still?

Where did you not truly address their challenges and pain points they came to you in the first place for? Sometimes this could mean creating only a couple of additional lessons for your digital product – or, getting rid of some because they are confusing to your students.

If none of your students – that HAS gone through your course or program – has gotten results yet by now, you need to truly rethink the entire course that you have created.

If you are a service provider and you feel like your clients are continuously not one hundred percent happy with your services, you need to work on honing your craft further, darling <3.

This is the time to do it. You are only going to end up having lots of sleepless nights if you keep trying to sell your services of which you know, you can not one hundred percent deliver.

Surely, there are cases where it is your client’s responsibility why things aren’t working out for them. But if you see a pattern and really nobody is happy or is referring you or tagging your name on social media, this is a sign from the universe to take it slow and work on your craft.

Deal?

Okay, next one…

(2) Your self-worth needs some much needed l-o-v-e 😉.

Now if this is the underlying reason why you are not getting any sales, you can solve by doing mindset work!

What does mindset work look like?

Well, it’s pretty much like if you’d be exercising. You need to be doing it on a consistent and daily basis (and yes, if you really have to, you can skip Sundays but I would not suggest you do that at the beginning).

Some form of mindset work can involve one – if not all – of the following such as:

Journaling, reading books in and around mindset topics, taking a positive program, hiring a mindset coach, getting into and practicing mediation, etc.

By the way and because I know you’re going to ask me, here is a list of my FAVORITE mindset books that were a true game changer for me:

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Find out what type of mindset work resonates with you the most and brings about the desired changes.

And don’t forget, in order to see real change happening in your life, you need to be doing this consistently. Sooner rather than later, you will see your believe system change.

And if you’re still reading this, yes you my dear…

You. 
Are. 
Enough.

.

Let’s do this!

~ Cornelia Pauline

P.s. You might also enjoy this article: https://corneliapauline.com/2018/08/08/4-big-milestones-to-reach-1-million-in-sales-with-your-business-online/

THE ULTIMATE ENTREPRENEUR’S TOOLKIT

Welcome to the ultimate entrepreneur’s toolkit! {This content may contain affiliate links which may result in my being financially compensated for purchases site visitors make through said links.}

As a full-time, location-independent digital entrepreneur / boss babe or girl boss / occasional work-from-home business owner and wife of an amazing while simultaneously adorable husband and fellow business owner, we’ve got quite a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to growing our businesses online ;).

Not to mention that since a good part of our income comes from our service-based business of being so-called ‘Funnel Hackers’ which allowed us to work with ALL sorts of clients from various industries and markets, we’ve literally tried pretty much every tool available out there as of the time of this blog article.

Now, I’ve rounded up our absolute faves that we (and/or our clients and fellow entrepreneur friends <3) could not live without. They work like a charm and will make that online business life so much easier for you. Whether you’re just starting out as a business owner or, you’ve been in the game since no one knew what a blog or a Facebook was, I think you’ll LOVE these tools!

Scroll down to see the entire list and fill out this form if you want the list sent to your inbox so you never lose it!

WEBSITE / BLOG / ONLINE SHOP

Blog / Website

Online shop

Membership / Course

EMAIL MARKETING

SOCIAL MEDIA SCHEDULING TOOLS

  • AgoraPulse (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin scheduling) – Smarter social media scheduling so that your content is distributed at the right times for maximum engagement and exposure.
  • Tailwind – Schedule Pinterest pins and loop them to repost. Join tribes. Excellent way to utilize Pinterest. CLICK HERE FOR FREE CREDIT –> (also allows Instagram scheduling but I d not use that feature because they’re still testing it)
  • Planoly – schedule Instagram posts and stories from your desktop and phone
  • People Map (not for scheduling) – Robust system to find Instagram users and influencers and analyze their accounts, run campaigns.

STOCK PHOTO / DESIGN

  • Unsplash – Beautiful free stock photos
  • Design Pickle – Design service monthly subscription
  • Canva – Quick and easy do it yourself design. Love this for Pinterest Pin images
  • WordSwag – App (for iOS & Android) add text to your photos Pinterest / Instagram images
  • Creative Market – IG Stories highlight graphics, IG Story templates, Fonts, designs, keynote slides…. everything!!

TECH TOOLS / SOFTWARE

  • Zoom – Webinars, meetings, interviews live streamed to Facebook
  • Live chat – live chat feature on your shop or sales page
  • Trello – Team and project organization
  • Zapier – Connects your services like a charm! Most systems will integrate with each other but this can fill in wherever they can’t.
  • Deadline Funnels – Add urgency to your marketing campaigns, automated countdown timers to provide each of your visitors with a uniquely, timed experience. Super cool tool. TRY IT FOR FREE HERE.
  • FunnelScripts – A to Z copywriting plug and play system help for every kind of online entrepreneur and business owner. Struggle with writing? This is the software for you.
  • Funnelish – Best way to directly build Paypal into a Clickfunnels’ order form to maximize international payment conversions.
  • ClickMagick – Track, analyze and optimize all of your marketing and particularly, your sales funnels. Dare I say, better than Google Analytics :).

OFFICE TOOLS / SUPPLIES

For going live / recording video

Side Note: If you'd like to learn more about recording professional videos right from your home even if you feel like you don't know what you're doing *yet*, check out my related blog post about this ;). You can read it here: https://corneliapauline.com/2018/03/17/5-simple-yet-effective-ways-to-create-professional-videos-from-home/

Paper / Pens / Planners

OUTSOURCING

MUST-READ BOOKS

  • Expert Secrets – Especially, if you want to build up an expert-based business of any kind and need to figure out how to do that.
  • DotComSecrets – The bible for anyone that wants to start an online business of any kind.
  • Profit First – As a business owner, you NEED to get your finances under control. Going through this book will help you do so.
  • Essentialism – Sometimes we just forget the important things with all the ‘busy work’. This book will help you focus.
  • Think And Grow Rich – It’s all about the mindset, babe 😉
  • Girl, Wash Your Face – Just because I adore Rachel Hollis <3

FREE DIGITAL RESOURCE TOOLS BY YOURS TRULY

Do you have any favorites you don’t see here? Let me know in the comments below!

P.s. If you'd like to download this entire ENTREPRENEUR'S TOOLKIT & save a copy on your desktop, you can do so simply by going here: http://bit.ly/entrepreneurs-toolkit

 

This one design hack has saved me 10 hours a week minimum (seriously)!

Disclaimer: This content may contain affiliate links which may result in me being financially compensated for purchases site visitors make through said links.

{This post on simplifying your online design needs is the first in a new weekly 5-part post series we’re launching on this blog: A Small Business’s Survival Guide.}

This solution that I’m going to reveal to you today was first revealed to me by my talented friend and savvy business owner, Corie Clark.

Let’s dive straight into it, shall we?

Are you tired of spending hours on Canva creating your ads and blog graphics?

Are you ready to take your designs to the next level?

You’re SO going to love the life saver I’m sharing with you today.

The time spent creating logos and finding the right designer can be such a waste.

Then, if you end up with a design that you’re not happy with, it can be super discouraging.

So, what if you had access to unlimited designs with as many revisions as you need with a team available to support you through the entire process? And on top of that 100% satisfaction guaranteed?

Design Pickle is the answer!

Design Pickle is a month-to-month subscription design service perfect for any small business owner, entrepreneur or freelancer.

For one fair flat monthly price, you can get unlimited designs, revisions, and for just about all of your graphic design needs. Whether it’s banners, flyers, brochures or social media ads, this service does it all!

What I Love About Design Pickle

With Design Pickle, you can trust that you’re getting quality work from professional designers. The company holds their designers to a certain standard and puts each one through an application process to ensure that you get only the best.

The process is seamless from start to finish.

Once you complete the application, letting them know what type of design you need, the file type needed, and what style you’re looking for, Design Pickle assigns a pre-qualified designer to your case.

You are going to start a relationship with this designer or two (depending on how many requests you submit at a time). The more you are communicating with this designer, the more the designer will get a feel for your esthetics and the faster you two are going to produce great results in the future.

The photos the qualified designers from this software use are all free stock images from Unsplash, Pixabay, etc. You can, however, also opt in for a Getty Image upgrade so you can be confident that your images are yours to use.

When it comes to commissioning any design work, communication is definitely key. The communication process with your designer on Design Pickle is truly super breeze.

It all takes place right on the site, with all of your files and messages kept in one safe cloud location.

It takes me on average about 2-5 minutes to submit 1 request.

Just to give you an idea what I’ve submitted requests for already, here’s a list of a few things:

  • Ebook designs
  • Case study designs
  • Report designs
  • Blueprint designs
  • Social media banners
  • Facebook ad designs
  • Unique sales funnel background images my team and I want to use
  • Pinterest Pin designs
  • Youtube thumbnail designs
  • And so, so much more :).

And the best part is that you can usually expect to receive your design in just 24-48 hours!

It’s so quick and dependable, and as an entrepreneur and small business owner, that is always the best thing to have.

If you should run into any problems, the team at Design Pickle will reliably get back to you in less than an hour! This in particular blew me away because I have been using a lot of other softwares where the customer support could really use some improvement. You probably know what I mean. Like when you sit on a problem that you need to get fixed for days and it’s still there even after a week *nightmare*.

Design Pickle is a perfect tool for any small business owner, freelancer or entrepreneur because it also saves you TIME.

And as a small business owner myself, I know just how vital it is to allocate my time wisely to create the best possible results.

This software will save you these 10 hours or more a week that you probably spend looking for that perfect designer on Fiverr or Upwork, or that you spend tinkering around on various designs using Canva.

We’ve found that having a team on your side like Design Pickle is priceless for any small business, freelancer and/or entrepreneur. Not only that, their monthly one-time service charge is SO ridiculously underpriced for the service they are offering, it’s a no-brainer.

If you’re ready to take your business to the next level… Why? Because you have so much extra time available now and you’re ready to up your design game because the designers at Design Pickle do such a great job and are so talented, try it out. They offer a 30-day, no questions asked money back guarantee.

For a special offer from Design Pickle, click here: http://share.designpickle.com/solution

P.s.  On this blog, we only recommend products, softwares and apps that my team and I personally swear by and actively use. You might also enjoy:

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