Stressed Out Trying To Find Essential Biz-Building Tools You Need Online?

Sometimes I’d like to wipe my first three years of working online completely from my memory bank.

At best, those years were stressful and frustrating.

If I had a nickel for every time I wanted to call it quits, I could be driving a Porsche by now!  

I’m sure you’ll agree when you start a small business on the internet, there’s not a doggone “instruction manual” anyone hands you that lists all the essential tools you’re going to need.

No — that would be too easy, wouldn’t it?

Instead, it’s all about wading through mounds and mountains of information and enduring that ever lovin’ “trial and error” period (a.k.a. learning curve).

The problem with trial and error (in math class, we used to call it “guess and check”) is that it can be very costly and a big waste of your precious business-building time.

Traci Hayner Vanover of Propa.branda (I love her blog!) is tired of seeing entrepreneurs fumble with their start-ups online through wasting time searching for the resources they need.  

With over 20 years of marketing experience and over a dozen years of running her own consulting practice, Traci has written a brand new guide jam-packed with 158 links to resources designed to save you time and money, boost your business, and eliminate the frustration factor!  

No lie, no lip service, and no exaggeration …

I only wish I could have had this mega-rolodex in my hands when I first started out.  I’m certain I would be looking back on those years with fond memories — instead of wanting to wipe them from my memory bank.

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  • Melanie,

    You’re not alone on this and I believe if you were to do a survey you’d find that a large number of persons shared these sentiments. One painful memory I have is during the very first class I took after coming online in the Fall of 2008. The presenter/teacher said we could copy his Opt-in Page and use it as our own. Sounded great…except, even after copying it, how would I get it online?

    I had no idea about Filezilla, Kompozer, etc. and even though I asked I got no explanation. Talk about frustration! Didn’t even know about You Tube to try to get help. That’s why we now try to help ‘newbies’ cut through the clutter! 🙂

    • Thank you kindly for sharing your “early days” story, Yvonne …

      I bet the two of us could write an entire book about times we felt lost, confused, aggravated — and the hours and days we spent beating our heads against the computer screen!

      Don’t ya just want to scream when someone who’s an alleged “expert” trainer or coach gives you “partial” information to work with?! Ugh. That happened to me so many times, I almost shudder to think back on those moments.

      I even recall times I simply couldn’t hold back the tears. I remember thinking, “I’m bright. I’m intelligent. I read with understanding and I know how to follow instructions. So why in the world can’t I GET this doggone internet marketing thing?!!” I’ll be right off the cuff — my self esteem and level of confidence were in the basement back then. I could have easily walked away and never looked back.

      Luckily, I’ve got the constitution of a horse! LOL 🙂

  • Hi Mel

    “If I had a nickel for every time I wanted to call it quits, I could be driving a Porsche by now! ”

    Word on the street is that you are driving a porche. LOL

    Thanks for the link to “Traci Hayner Vanover” – she sounds very posh Mel.
    Is she related to the Queen and do we leave comments starting Deat Ma’am? LOL

    Thanks for the link, I’ll check out and report back.

    BTW – before you go to bed tonight… make sure that the Porsche is in the garage.
    Can’t be too careful.

    • I can’t believe this, Keith …

      I just went down into my garage and someone has replaced my Porsche with a Honda Civic. Maybe it’s all for the best — much better gas mileage and NO chance of being stolen. LOL

      Not sure if Traci is related to the Queen but why don’t you head over to her blog and do some snooping around — you might find some clues there. 🙂

      Whatever you’re up to this weekend, have a blast!
      Mel

      • Mel
        My daughter has always wanted a Honda Civic – I’m not kidding.

        I asked her what she wanted for her birthday and she said “I guess I’ll have a Honda Civic” and I said… “guess again.”

        Sorry Mel but it is late in the UK.

        Talk to you tomorrow.

        Keith

  • It’s always great to get recommendations from someone you trust. Thanks for sharing this resource, Melanie!

    • Hey Daphne — you’re welcome.

      If you haven’t yet connected with Traci, she’s a really good egg (and super savvy biz pro) to have in your circle. And her blog posts are consistently (like yours) worthwhile reads. 🙂

      Have an awesome weekend,
      Melanie

  • Melanie,

    What a nice resource! They really are gems. A must for everyone’s bookmark library. Thank You.

    • Hey Sheila!

      Before I forget, I Tweeted out a very exciting update moments ago. Please look for it. Keith Davis finally has a Twitter profile. Yippee! I’m sure he’d love to have you as one of his followers. 🙂

      Glad you like this resource from Traci — me, too!! She did an incredible job of compiling all these links. And if you’ve never visited her Propabranda blog, go over there and take a peek. Good stuff.

      Enjoy!
      Melanie
      xoxo

  • For stressed-out, dog-loving bloggers – short, lovely and funny:

    http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2011/07/what-a-dog-does-when-its-cold/

    • Thanks, Helenne — I got a good little giggle from this one! I have two dogs. 🙂