Freedom and Money: What’s The Relationship?

What does Freedom have to do with Money?

Does Freedom really have anything to do with money and vice versa? I am writing this post as I reflect on my life as summer comes to an end and fall is about to begin.

As I reflect on the summer, I am aware of my failings in many areas. One of those areas is money, and how it has affected my freedom in many ways.

I’ve taken my Freedom for granted and I’ve not improved my money situation as much as I had hoped. It’s no ones fault but my own, I take ownership.

So from now on, I’ll be honest with myself and I thought I’d share here too.

You have landed on this post, on this website, and this website is about my business. I believe I am a huge factor in the success (or lack of it) in my business. I created a category called “Freedom ” where I am sharing personal things about myself, my life and my business.

After all, if you are going to do business with a business owner, isn’t it nice to really get to know the person you are doing business with? I think so. It’s about relationship after all.

so, here’s what I posted in my Facebook profile when deciding to enter a days of summer contest. It’s a bit vulnerable, but I’ll share anyways

Facebook Post About Money

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Freedom and Money

“You Must Gain Control Over Your Money, or the Lack Of It Will Forever Control You” – Dave Ramsey

I’ve been lazy and slacking when it comes to being in control of my finances. NOTHING emphasizes that more than choosing to live in a place where everything costs more. 
#justsaying
As I continue to work on myself, and improve in various areas of my life, my finances are big one.


One of my biggest challenges up until now, has been creating a budget and sticking to it. Just never could seem to get in the habit of just doing it.


I honestly had NO clue where my money was going and that didn’t feel good. It feels uncomfortable to just hope that you’ll make ends meet, not really knowing the bottom line. Never mind the unforeseen things that pop up, and you know they do!


After getting started with 101 Financial, under the guidance of my friend and leaders, Kevin and Jessica Carvalho, I understand the importance of getting my finances in order.


I Have BIG Dreams… and no, I don’t mean the fancy car, the big mansion(I do want to buy a home), nice clothes… Honestly, I want to be able to do more for my family, and those around me, but I can’t give what I don’t have.


Not going to lie… I still don’t have it perfected, I’ve been slacking, but I’m getting better every day at actually creating a budget, cutting out non essential costs, creating a savings plan and actually saving a little bit of money, and keeping my goals in mind when I’m tempted to splurge.


#Truth be told, I was skeptical about joining yet another financial guidance course, but 101 took me back to basics I should have known by now. I now have the tools to do what I need to do…the rest is up to me.


I’ve not been moving at this as quickly as I could, but I’m excited about finally gaining some control over my money so it doesn’t have control over me.


I’ve gained a lot of clarity in what my priorities must be in my business, my life, and honestly, I feel I cant do much for others until I get my house in order.

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What Does Freedom Mean?

For me, Freedom is about doing the things I want to do, when I want to do them without worry or concern over being able to afford it.

I own and operate my own business as a digital marketing agency for local business owners. At the moment, I’m a one woman operation. I plan to grow. Growing means making more money to be able to hire and train others and support their economy while I support my own economy.

By being of value to other business owners, I grow my business, and I also help others support their families etc. Everyone involved basically gets to enjoy the Freedom of life they desire.

Win Win, Right?!?!

What are your thoughts about Money and Freedom?

I’d love to hear what you think about this topic. Please share your thoughts in the comments below and if you need any help marketing your business online, be sure to contact me using the contact page of the form below.

To Your Success,

Regina

What Do 3 Local Search Marketing Discoveries Mean For Your Business?

Could 3 local marketing stats really have a significant meaning for your business? Read on

Have you been thinking about focusing more of your time marketing efforts on local search but not sure if it’s worth the time and effort? Many consumers have been searching for information using the internet for well over a decade and search engines have revolutionized the way we handle just about every aspect of our life. Over the years, location-based searching has been steadily growing as well. 

What is Location-Based Search in Local Marketing?

Location-based searching is the practice of searching for a product, service, or business based on location.  Together with the fact that mobile usage has grown exponentially in recent years, you can only imagine how local searches by consumers has increased.

Local and mobile consumer buying habits have made significant impacts on the marketing world and as time goes on, they are becoming more popular. The following are statistics you must know about when it comes to the success of your business.

1. Most Local Consumers Prefer Ads With Local Information

Google actually put out a survey about local search behavior and the results showed over 60% of consumers want ads to be customized based upon their location. Another 61% prefer ads that are customized to their exact location, while 67% want them to be customized to include at least their zip code and city.

So what does this mean for you and your business? It means you must ensure that the ads you place are extremely targeted and using location extensions.    

2. Almost 70% Of Consumers Will Use “Call” Or “Get Directions”

So how important is it to list your business phone number and address? We are about to clear this up. With the increasing amount of smartphone users using the “call” and “get directions” feature on Google, your business is seriously missing out if your Google My Business business details are not included. Be sure to double check your listings to make sure your address and phone number are correct. You also want to be sure to claim and optimize your listing for even better results.

3. Mobile Searches Lead to Action FAST

Did you know that 70% of searches on mobile devices are actually followed up with an action within one hour. Even more significant, 50% of consumers who perform a local business search on their smartphone or tablet, visit the company’s store within one day of that search.

Bottom line: not only are potential customers carrying out more local searches, they’re also following up on their search and going to the store they find in search.

You know what this means don’t you? If your business wants to connect with SERIOUS potential buyers, your local listing has to be complete and optimized, and ready to give these consumers the information they are searching for. In other words, make it easy for them to buy from you.

Conclusion

As you can see from the information shared above, in the last few years, local search has become extremely popular. Local search is bringing in a lot more local consumers, not only to your business website, but to local business stores and locations. If you’re looking to attract more new customers, increase website traffic, and boost profits and revenue, then your first order of business for your business is making sure you are optimized in local search.

If you have questions about what you ‘ve read here, be sure to reach out to us and Contact Us.

We offer a variety of services to help you not only maximize your Local Search, we can help you get more new customers and reach out to existing customers too!

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There’s such a thing as “too much information”, especially for the companies scaling out their sales operations. That’s why Attentive was born in 2015 help sales teams make their increasing pipelines simpler to manage. Indeed, the small, Portugal-based team is itself focused on scaling, having much participated in accelerator

In this episode, Attentive founder and CTO Pedro Araújo talks about what it takes to build a tech new product from the ground up. Discover their approach to running an engineering team, from adopting new open source technologies, to onboarding junior developers and learning .

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created

For the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into

The inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath