So here we go…

We enjoyed the neighbors holiday fireworks as we watched another July 4 celebration.

When I decided to start a new business in 1986, I started TBS Marketing Services on the weekend of July 4, 1986.  Dave Hans and I purchased a telemarketing machine from a company on the East Coast. At the time, I thought this was so high tech: 5 individual players/recorders and a Tandy Computer that tied the system together.  This would enable me to dial 5 people at once (Actually, this machine would call one number at a time and then go on to the next phone number. In theory, it was like calling 5 people almost at the same time.)  There would be NO live callers; just a DJ or someone who had a wonderful speaking voice asking the callers for their interest.  This was a dream come true….selling this fantastic new service.

A month later, we got a note from the phone company telling us that the system was now illegal!  We could continue to use the machines until we got caught…or scap it immediately.  We decided to scrap the machines and start a telemarketing company.

It was a great run; we sold it in 2000 and I moved to Portland in February 2001. My job as VP of Sales at Egghead.com only lasted thru July 2001 when they declared bankruptcy …and I had to start over again looking for a job.

I started Sales Velocity Group (just me)…and it grew year over year until March 2008 when I had my stroke.  When I recovered (my wife Jill may have a different interpretion of events) I tried working for my friend Scott, but it was clear that I didn’t much to offer the partnership.  We disbanded as friends.

I joined the National Speakers Association in 2012 and got to me the most fascinating people. You can’t believe the generosity of the members who wanted to help me achieve my goals. When the Covid-14 pandemic hit, I had time to think about what next.

As you know, I thought it would take a few hours.  Boy, was I wrong!  When I weighed all the options, I decided I do something differently.  After 3 months of soul searching, I decided to be a professional blogger!

My website is in the startup phase…  (The very first iteration)…but I am ready to start.  Hey, I think I may need different cards!!!

 

The next few months will be exciting as I get my new site operational.  I look forward to your feedback.  To be clear: I will still be writing about stroke and how OTHER people are dealing with their new situation. Sometimes I will offer perspective on how we can learn their efforts.

You may not know this: Since my stroke, I am afraid of people.  In public situations, I don’ say much; I just listen. Now I can focus on my writing.  OK, that is funny…,but I can dream!  Who knows: I may become good at writing!

37 Blog Post Ideas

 

                           blogstarter.com

It’s no secret. Blogging is crucial to your business. If you don’t have a blog, get moving and make it happen.

You might be saying, but what am I going to blog about. This is your lucky day, because I’m offering up 37 blog post ideas so you won’t be stuck on a topic.

  1. The idea that triggered your start
  2. A photo showing a positive moment during training or speaking with text
  3. Talk about one positive transition that can happen to a person as a result of implementing one of your ideas
  4. Features of your training or coaching method
  5. One trick you use to stay on track in your business
  6. A video testimonial with transcribed text
  7. 3 reasons not to attend your training session ie. You want to stay in a dead-end job etc.
  8. A review of a book related to your niche
  9. 3 ways you would lose if you didn’t sign up for the newest training
  10. A commentary on how you found your passion
  11. 5 Questions a customer should ask before purchasing your book or training
  12. An audio testimonial
  13. A transcript of a commercial, webinar or interview you did
  14. A review of a movie that has a connection to your topic
  15. Compile a list of pain points which would send a client to you
  16. An interview with one of your satisfied clients
  17. Why you use social media in your business
  18. A written testimonial
  19. A commentary on a seminar you attended
  20. A summary of a periscope broadcast you did or viewed
  21. Create a contest for your clients and explain how it works
  22. An interview with one of your employees, associates or virtual assistants
  23. A review of another blog post (with their permission)
  24. Make a completely incorrect statement about your niche, explain how some people are misled, then set them straight and emphasize the facts
  25. A way to effectively implement one of your lesser-known strategies
  26. Create a challenge for yourself, and then report on your progress
  27. A review of a webinar you watched which was connected to your business
  28. Make a list of reasons why your training or book rocks
  29. Do a survey related to your field
  30. A personal story about a business success in the last week
  31. Ask a question related to your niche and proceed to answer it in detail
  32. A commentary on a news article that ties into your niche
  33. Create a review of an app you use in your business
  34. Come up with a survey about one aspect of your training or coaching
  35. Blog about a celebrity and connect it to your niche
  36. Invite another blogger to do a guest blog, and then write a blog in response
  37. Post a video of yourself telling a story about a win you recently experienced, then transcribe your story

As you write blogs from this list, check them off. As you think of other blog ideas, add them to the list. Keep up your awesome blogging momentum and your business will thank you.

Go write your blog!

See more at http://www.andreasullenger.com

Entrepreneurship for People with Disabilities

Source: Lucy Lazarony

Have an idea for your own business?

Abilitiesfund.org is dedicated to helping stroke survivors and other people with disabilities become entrepreneurs.

The Abilities Fund is the first national non-profit organization and financial institution focused exclusively on expanding entrepreneurial opportunities, including access to capital, to people with disabilities.

The Abilities Fund, which was founded in 2000, provides financial products, training, and technical assistance, plus advisory support to the people with disabilities that they work with and the microenterprises they support.

What is a Microenterprise?

A microenterprise is a business with no more than five employees and start up costs of $35,000 or lower.

The Abilities Fund works specifically with people with disabilities who are interested in starting or expanding a microenterprise. The Abilities Fund also can assist business owners with capital needs below $35,000.  All services with The Abilities Fund are free.

Currently, the Ability Fund serves people with disabilities who are receiving services through Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation, and Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Would-be entrepreneurs living outside of Nebraska can access the vast online library of resources for people with disabilities interested in starting their own business.

Resources

Resources for entrepreneurs on The Abilities Fund website include information on:

• Choosing a business idea and researching and testing the idea

• Business planning, including what you need to know about credit history

• How to stay afloat in a start-up

• Social Security benefits and self-employment

• Business structures and pricing strategies

You’ll also find information on microenterprise, microlending, networking and steps to staffing your firm and finding employees.

Of special attention for stroke survivors looking to start their own business is the impact a profitable business will have on their Social Security benefits.

The Abilities Fund recommends working with a Social Security Administration certified benefits planner as you develop your business plan.

Special rules, known as work incentives, make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income to work and still receive monthly payments and Medicare or Medicaid.

Boost Your Financial Education

To test and build your financial education, The Abilities Fund recommends completing Money Smart, an online training program from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation designed to enhance financial skills.

Another Funding Source

For entrepreneurs in search of an additional funding source to launch a new business, The Abilities Fund recommends reaching out to the Association for Enterprise Opportunity.