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    How long have you been in business?

    I’m genuinely curious because this month we’re celebrating 12 years in business for Write On Creative. AND to be fully transparent, it hasn’t always been a cake walk, although there has been some great cake along the way.

    I remember what it took to get to where I am today. This included:

    *bootstrapping to build my business

    *working a part-time day job to fund my business

    *trying to figure out who to trust

    *learning hard lessons

    *celebrating big triumphs

    *experiencing the roller coaster of inconsistent cash flow

    *considering throwing in the towel or getting a job (after I’d let go of the part-time day job)

    The list goes on…

    You see running a business isn’t for the faint of heart. Although I have a deep passion for what I do, I am very transparent about my journey.  There were times when I made less than one figure a month (yes, you read that right — ZERO profit) and times when I raked in over five figures in one month.

    I remember when Write On Creative was still really young and the six figure craze hit. I watched as people claimed to make six figures and really they were reporting gross earnings not net profit.  I shied away from marketing the money and instead focused on the results.

    My motto has always been service first (with appropriate boundaries, of course).

    There were times that I felt like a fraud (like when I helped a client map out a million dollar plan when I’d never broken a million– but you know what, she did, with my help).

    During the dark times when I wanted to give up (and there have been plenty of those times), one thing kept me going. Well, actually two (service and faith). But I want to focus on FAITH right now.

    Last year I shared 11 tips from being in business 11 years. They are great tips. You can click here to read my article on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/11BizTips (feel free to share if it feels right).  As I thought about what to add for this year… I realized that FAITH is what has really helped me persevere the darkest days (faith and a really awesome support system of people who love me and believe in me).

    Interestingly enough, I became a bestselling co-author in a compilation book called Success Rituals 2.0.  My chapter titled 5 Ways to Guarantee Success, Personally, Professionally and Spiritually, embodies FAITH. I find this interesting because my first time as a bestselling offer happened when I shared the foundation of what supports us at the core level.

    To celebrate the 12 year anniversary of Write On Creative and keeping the FAITH, I’m gifting YOU the chapter I wrote and an audio to inspire. Click this link to claim my birthday gift to YOU http://writeoncreative.com/guarantee-success/ (no strings or opt in– just download the article and audio, read and listen).

    Keep the FAITH. And when you have dark days, take a listen to this audio and read this article. http://writeoncreative.com/guarantee-success/

    I’d love to hear some of your tips that help YOU guarantee success? How long have YOU been in business? Post them here in the comment area?

    Lisa Manyon

    Lisa Manyon is "The Business Marketing Architect" a content and copywriting strategist for mission-driven entrepreneurs. She's the creator of the NEW marketing model for success (as seen in Inc. Magazine) that's changing the way people market today. She specializes in powerfully communicating your marketing message to increase results via Manyon Marketing Web Makeovers, website copy packages and content strategies to effectively market your business. She offers a free Copywriting Action Plan and marketing resources on her award winning blog. Her consulting and coaching is known to help produce million dollar results www.writeoncreative.com/blog

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    6 responses to “5 Ways to Guarantee Success in Business”

    1. Jessica says:

      I love this article and happy business birthday. I’m in my 8th year, and my key to success has been multiple streams of income. I’ve had the ups and downs like you, and I blame most of the downs on focusing on a “niche” I recognize that works for the majority, but it never felt right to me. I have over 5 income streams. Plus I have passions that don’t bring me income (yet) but keep me creative and hence happy. So, staying happy #2 and being creative #3 as far as keys to success.

    2. Mitch Tublin says:

      Lisa,
      It is a sign of your persistence that you have remained in business and have been successful for these twelve years.
      Well Done! Too many people start up too many businesses and give up within two years or less. If only they sought the help of the right people to guide and inspire them!

      • Lisa Manyon says:

        So true, Mitch,

        Being persistent pays off. When businesses do make it past the two year mark (or should I say “if”) they often close down within 5.

        I’m dedicated to this mission and vision of mine and feel very blessed to make the difference that I’ve made over the years.

        Write on!~

        Lisa

    3. The core for her 5 ways to guarantee success in business is FAITH. I am positive they are great tips. Yes!

      • Lisa Manyon says:

        Yes– FAITH is key. So is hope. Without faith and hope AND a clear mission (based on values), a strategic plan and consistent action, businesses are less likely to succeed.

        Write on!~

        Lisa

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