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Friday, September 19, 2014

Full Friday and Still Going~~~

After being up until after 4:00am this morning (on Twitter!) and waking up early to take calls from clients from 8:30am to 10:00am I was in great need of a cup of coffee!

As I was drinking my coffee, my daughter came to me while I was at my desk and gave me the most wonderful present!  She made me a necklace and a cute little jewelry box to put it in.  That really perked me up.  Her sweetness was better than the strongest cup of coffee!

Right after I was off of the phones it was on to getting Lyrical started on her social studies lesson while I started working on lunch, that will also serve as dinner!  :)

It was yummy, yummy in our tummy!

I went out last night to one of my favorite places as you all know, the 99cent Only Store! I had to pick up some new notebooks for Lyrical's lessons.  

She was very happy with the selection. 

I'm writing this blog post as we take a break from Lyrical's lesson.  Then it's back to Mrs. Mom!  :)

I hope you are all having a wonderful Friday and until next time...

Always wishing you Love, Peace, Prosperity and Many Blessings~

Monique Bradford ~The WifeyMommyPreneur

Thursday, September 18, 2014

How To Make Your Avon Business A Success: 21 Tips

Are you interested in growing your Avon business? Becoming an Avon representative is super-easy and there are many resources to help you grow your business and meet your personal goals.

1. Use Avon products yourself.
One of the best ways to sell a product is to know everything about it. Your regular discount and demos allow you to save money and try the products yourself first.

2. Ask your customers for product reviews. When you pass out orders, ask your customer to let you know how the products perform. This is a great way for you to learn about products so that you can offer more information to other customers.

3. Share your products. If you work in an office, make sure you have hand lotion to share with your co-workers. I have gotten several orders just by letting others try the lotion sitting on my desk. Another Avon rep keeps extra tubes of hand cream for on-the-spot sales.

4. Educate yourself with training. Make the most of your business by taking Avon's online training courses. Every new representative should start here first as courses include everything from money management, to launching your business, to entering orders. Most of the classes are 30 minutes and have down loadable text sheets. You get a certificate after completion of each and special recognition for completing certain courses.

5. Become an erepresentative. Curious about becoming an erep? Customers can order online and have product shipped direct to their home. There is usually a free or discounted shipping code on the website. I tell my customers that if they don't see one, to let me know and I will get them one! Once you become an erep, you also have access to other customer management tools. You can set up an email marketing campaign to let customers know about new products or campaigns. My customers love the "little reminder" because they often include free or discount codes.

6. Use your network. Share your excitement about your new business and people will be excited with you. Most of your friends already are familiar with Avon products and so they will be your easiest customers. Everyone
is a member of some organization or workplace. You have an extended network of soccer moms, hairdressers, delivery people, doctor's office workers, etc.

7. Wear Avon jewelry. I get so many compliments when I wear a new Avon necklace. Most jewelry comes in sets, like a necklace and bracelet. They are designed to compliment fashion or seasonal colors. I have had a few tell me they were not sure if a necklace would match their outfit, but with the no-hassle return guarantee they were not afraid to return it if it did not. Oh, and I haven't had any jewelry returns, yet!

8. Invest in great-looking business cards. Make sure your business cards look professional, even if you buy from a discount supplier. Include a customer reward program on the reverse side. I have mine printed with a "buy in five campaigns, get 20% off your sixth campaign order" coupon on the back.

9. Share your business cards. Leave one with the tip for your waiter, hang them in the community bulletin board area at the grocery store, give to the checkout clerk at the mall, etc.

10. Personalize your business cards. When I hand out my business cards, I write a free shipping code offer that is good on my website. I also mention the Avon Opportunity: do you want to earn extra money by becoming an Avon Representative?

11. Order plenty of brochures. Brochures are really your "store." They are designed well, colorful, and cheap. The photos are very clear and often show how the makeup looks on a real person. In every campaign brochure, Avon includes their famous scratch-and-sniff perfume circles.

12. Keep brochures handy. I keep the latest campaign brochure in my purse, as well as an outlet sale flier. I always preview the campaign brochure so I can target market: for example, I may say, have you seen the new Avon line of mineral makeup? There is a buy 1, get 1 half-price deal on page 32 for Smooth Mineral Makeup. Wow!

13. Buy stickers for the backs of brochures. My stickers match my business cards and large print makes them easy to read. Stickers include my name, phone number, email address, and website address. Brochures, stickers and business cards are powerful sales tools!

14. Don't forget special offers. Everyone loves a bargain! Use your imagination to come up with catchy ideas. How about free wrapping for Mother's Day? Birthday and anniversary reminders? BOGO - buy one get one?
Recommend a friend and get 10% off your next order? Print out Avon Bucks and include in their bag when you hand out orders.

15. Always upsell. This is a key sales tip that really works. Say your customer buys a certain fragrance; draw her attention to the lotion. Got an order for a necklace? Point out the ring on the same page. Did your customer choose a skincare product for aging skin? Make sure she knows about the eyelift cream.

16. Attend sales meetings. Your district manager or DM will hold sales meetings every few months where you will get an opportunity to meet other representatives, see and try new products, share your successes, and discuss sales techniques. These meetings are encouraging and fun make sure you attend.

17. Make samples and demos work for you. Attach a sample on the page of the newest brochure where the item is listed with a paper clip. Encourage your customers to try the product. Buy a demo and either use it yourself or give to a faithful customer to try.

18. Holiday and special days. Remind your customer that holidays and special occasions tend to sneak up on us, and you have great gifts for just about anyone.

19. Don't forget the male customer. We tend to forget about the guys - but they have daughters home from college, wives who love to great makeup, and mothers who love to be treated to a thinking-of-you-mom gift. Avon has some great products especially for men. Check out the after-shave conditioners and the foot care line. Don't forget about Bug Guard for camping, hunting, and working in the yard.

20. Use the no-hassle Return Policy to close the deal. Avon promises, "If you're not happy with any purchase, just return it for an exchange or your money back. No questions. No fuss. No problems." Even if the makeup is opened, if the customer is unhappy Avon will give a no-stress return. You will take back the item and use e-Z Returns for a credit. No-hassle for reps, too!

21. Grow your team. Be ready to share your success when someone asks about the Avon Opportunity. Some of your customers may tell you they are interested in earning extra money. Avon is so successful because of people like you and me who love the products and work on growing their business.

Focus on what attracted you to Avon and build strategies to communicate that to your customers. Were you already a customer who loved the skincare products? Your testimony can be a great asset to your business. Are you
excited about the earning potential? Share how you met a financial target. Avon offers training, great products, customer service, and a support network to help you meet your goals. Becoming an Avon representative is a personal growth opportunity that is also lots of fun!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Velvet Daisy Viking Stationary Giveaway!

Hey Loves,

I just entered this giveaway and I want you to get in on this!

Being that I work from home and I homeschool my daughter why not enter to win all the cool stuff in the picture down below?  Duh... Who doesn't like free stuff?!

You can enter to win too!

I copied and pasted the following right off of Velvet Daisy~

Good luck to you!

Monique Bradford ~The WifeyMommyPreneur 


Hey Guys,

A little bit different from usual but still super cute, 
I'm hosting a giveaway in collaboration with Viking 
office supplies and have hand picked out their best 
stationary (worth over £50) for one lucky winner to 
take home! How cute is the Yogi Bear USB?! Please fill 
out the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway 
winner will be picked at random and announced on the 
18th September. 

Open internationally. 


Top 50 Websites for All Things Entrepreneur!

This list was provided by Drew Hendricks.  He is a contributing writer at Inc., Forbes and Entrepreneur.  Follow him on twitter @DrewAHendricks 

He is a rockstar and he definitely rocks for putting this list together!!

As entrepreneurs we are in constant need of information and support.  You are sure to find what you need from one of these websites.

These are the top 50 so often trolled by entrepreneurs on a daily basis!



Monique Bradford ~ The WifeyMommyPreneur

There are many websites out there that can help entrepreneurs grow a bigger, better business--but there are many more time-suck websites. How can you tell the difference? By depending on a cheat sheet for the best websites for entrepreneurs.

Here, a cheat sheet of 50 to get you started:

The name says it all: This website is the result of David Skok's years of experience at Matrix Partners. With an MBA to complement his background, Skok's approach to startup techniques and financial modeling is user friendly, though strongly technical, rich in charts and equations.

One of the most reputable of crowdfunding sites, this is where you can raise a maximum of $5 million from investors with a proven background. If crowd funding is part of your startup strategy, head to the site with a reputation in the field for making it easy.

You're an entrepreneur, not an SEO guru, so leave the technical aspects of your online presence to the pros. Plus, check out the blog to get the latest updates in laymen's terms on internet marketing, SEO, mobile readiness, and the like.

The go-to site for social entrepreneurs, you can glean information on how to succeed as a nonprofit and ways to incorporate social into any type of business. There's an emphasis on ethically made goods, too.

This one's a no-brainer for many. Some of the most reputable entrepreneurs and leaders in the tech industry come here to dole out information, making it among the best websites to get your questions answered.

Do you dream of finding an angel investor? A product of Venture Hacks, this is the platform for new companies to get equity from reliable investors; it also features templates to minimize attorney fees.

Even though this site is aimed at younger entrepreneurs, it's brimming with resources no matter what your age. It's a great tool for anyone new to the world of startups and has proved itself as a catalyst for building strong foundations.

This simple guide is straightforward with no fluff. There's zero risk of wasting time here, and it reveres versatility, so it appeals to all kinds of entrepreneurs. If you want to get straight ito the heart of things, this is where you start.

Designed for female entrepreneurs, you'll find plenty of downloadable resources here from a plethora of contracts to business plans. Even though it's meant for women, there are plenty of resources for both genders.

This site is rich with advice and tips for just about everything an entrepreneur may need to know. From office etiquette to internet marketing, it's a favorite daily stop for many small business owners-to-be.

The product of premier business schools and mega corporations, this site is meant to encourage women to pursue business leadership roles. It combines the best advice from the best resources around the country.

Ev Williams, co-founder of Twitter, created Medium as a chic platform for blogging. However, there are also fitting reads focused on careers from successful entrepreneurs providing first-person perspectives.

Join an online community of female entrepreneurs who encourage and support each other virtually. There's zero tolerance for flaming and trolling here, so you get just full support from peers and mentors.

This is the platform for Jason Cohen, who doles out marketing and entrepreneurial advice. More than 40,000 people subscribe and depend on Cohen's lessons learned to help them shape their business.

Don't have the budget to hire a full-time attorney? This is where you can get the requisite legal advice necessary via posts that tackle the most asked questions.

Read the inspiring blog of someone who ditched the office life to become an entrepreneur. It's easy to relate and always a better option to learn from the mistakes of others than to make them all yourself.

The startup site for younger professionals, it's worth taking a look at the entrepreneurial section. The advice is straightforward, easy to digest, and designed for those ready to branch out on their own.

Technically, this is a news site for technical professionals but it's a must for anyone who needs to keep up with the industry. Especially fruitful for coders, this is where you stay up to date on tech news that impacts entrepreneurs.

Find out what Dave Hornik or August Capital has to say about venture capital. Whether you're looking for investors or want to become one, this is where the inside scoop is found.

You might go to Reddit to distract yourself, but it's actually an incredibly useful website if you can avoid the time-suck spots. Head over to the startup section to find truly helpful advice from those who have been there.

You don't need to be a marketer to benefit from one of the best marketing blogs around. Get tidbits of advice that apply to entrepreneurs and startups (and not just in the marketing realm).

Everything you need to know about funding your startup can be found here. Plus, learn about the early days of startups, get notified of changes to your industry, and find out how cataloging rounds work.

Another obvious one, right? However, signing up for Entrepreneur's notifications or getting the app can help you stay up to date on the latest strategies and news affecting entrepreneurs. It's a must for founders.

Dave McClure started this blog to share his pearls of wisdom on being an entrepreneur. It's enjoyable to read, and learning from the founder of 500 Startups is a great way to get wisdom.

The Federal Trade Commission has a section on the Franchise Rule that you need to get comfortable with. Find out all of the legal issues involved with franchise purchasing before you get in too deep.

The Harvard Business Review blogs are a fantastic place to learn from the best. It's the hub of MBAs from the Ivy League and features regular updates focused on entrepreneurs.

Dubbed the techie Reddit site, Hacker News is where you'll find all things entrepreneurial with a coding edge. It's the product of Incubator Y Combinator and provides and insider's view on the industry.

More and more entrepreneurs are managing their own websites, which means they need to stay on top of metrics. This site helps you go above and beyond Google Analytics, complete with a two-week free trial.

Head on over to the Small Business Hub at and find phenomenal videos, newsletters, and other resources for small business owners. The information is useful, relevant, and designed to be easy to digest.

Don't let the kitschy name veer you away from this reputable source for small business tips and tricks. It takes a user-friendly approach to dishing out advice, and it's easy to soak up the truly good information.

The site that was built by entrepreneurs just for entrepreneurs showcases a series of interviews from startup founders who were once in your shoes. Learn from the best, and know you're in great company.

Forleo is an entrepreneur who's enjoyed immense success, but it's her personality and character that make this blog a must-see. She's optimistic, light, and bubbly, and she knows what she's talking about. Many readers consider her a huge inspiration.

The Small Business Administration has been an invaluable resource for small business owners for years. There's a chapter in every major city, but the site itself is chock full of the latest news and information for entrepreneurs, too.

Need to learn the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) in a jiffy? The leader in entrepreneurial traffic, Neil Patel, is at your service. Whether you're an SEO newbie or a pro, there's something Patel can teach you.

Whether you prefer your workshops in the real world or virtual, Score is the nation's leading mentorship platform for entrepreneurs. Find out how to grow your business smart by depending on the best.

Web startups interested in monetizing can get started at this platform. It calls itself "curiously famous" and is renowned for helping entrepreneurs make passive income online. It sounds easy, but it's an art and skill that you need to learn.

Even though this is a U.K. site, it's applicable to startups on either side of the pond. Find the tools you need and the articles necessary to get your startup off the ground. It's especially useful if you have dreams of going multinational.

Back in 2007, this site was the "unofficial" how-to guide for Facebook, but today it runs the gamut when it comes to covering websites. Want to stay up to date on the latest entrepreneurial news and website? This is your secret weapon.

The talks TED features are inspiring and revealing, and though the site isn't "just" for entrepreneurs, there's a strong community of founders there for a reason. Many of the featured talks are compliments of successful entrepreneurs.

With more than 18,000 entrepreneurs and CEOs on this site, this is the place to talk about investing and fundraising. Whether you're a startup or your established business could just use a boost, don't overlook this resource.

Better known as "The Art of Running a Small Business," this Times blog is the ultimate tool for entrepreneurs and founders. The advice is current and easy to consume, and if you download the app, you have the latest information right at your fingertips.

Kawasaki's "How to Change the World" blog is a comprehensive platform from one of the best. Some of the most common themes include human capital, management, and advice just for entrepreneurs.

A business blog designed to suit every industry, this is where you can get the support and encouragement necessary to keep moving forward. Enjoy the latest entrepreneurial news as well as features that highlight how some of the most successful of founders made it to the next level.

Are you a young entrepreneur with dreams of making it big before the big 3-0? If so, then this blog is for you, but you don't necessarily still need to be a twentysomething to benefit from it. Advice for younger founders can be just as relevant no matter what your age.

The founder of Instapaper, Marco Arment, blogs regularly to help other entrepreneurs avoid the mistakes he made early in his career. Personable and realistic, Arment is your insider source.

A newsletter worth subscribing to? It's true when it's StartupDigest, which focuses on information for entrepreneurs without ever getting off course. If distraction is an issue for you, it won't be with this offering.

The spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well at this blog, where it's all about encouraging personal growth. It's something founders can put on the back burner, but it's crucial to be a well-rounded CEO.

This is not specifically for entrepreneurs, but the commentary makes it a requisite for any business professional. You need to stay up to date on all news, not just entrepreneurial news, to cultivate partnerships.

The famous magazine has an excellent section for startups. Find out the latest in tips, news, and resources for entrepreneurs from one of the most reputable magazines in the industry.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Speak Life to your business!

Todays Confession:

"I build my business quickly and easily and God shows me the way!"

Amen and Amen!

Stress Relief Tip of the Day

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