Backup: What’s Your Risk Management and Disaster Recovery Plan?

Backup! Backup! Backup!

When I was selling computer networks, that was our mantra. Without a good risk management and disaster recovery plan, you may as well fold up your business now.

Backup Because Disaster Happens

  • Hardware Failure
  • Theft
  • Fire and Flood

Every single person I know has lost at least:

  • their family photo albums
  • precious financial documents
  • precious memories and videos..

And did you also know (this is staggering), any company that loses their data for more than 10 days, 96% of them will file for banckruptcy within 6 months!!

Bad things happen to good people. Hard drives fail. Theft happens. When fire happens, your computer might survive the flames but will it survive the water? Be prepared. Make sure you have a good backup solution in place. Keep your data safe and secure where you can get to it when disaster happens.

Backup Options

  • Tape Drive
  • External Hard Drive
  • USB Key
  • Cloud

Tape DriveWhen I was in the computer solutions industry, the backup solution of choice was tape drives. I recommended an 11 tape rotation. One each for Monday thru Thursday (daily), 5 for five potential Fridays in a month (weekly) and 2 for alternate monthly backup. Expensive but in those days, the most comprehensive. We recommended the tapes be stored off site just in case of fire or theft.

Since then, the cost of storage has dropped dramatically. You can use an external drive bay for not much more than one tape used to cost. I would suggest setting up at least two drives to alternate on a daily basis so that you can take one home each day, if you can remember.

USB keyUSB keys are an option but are rather limited in how much you can backup and then you also have to remember to do it. Because of the size, they are easy to lose or have stolen.

And then, there is the cloud. There are multiple companies providing online backup. Let me tell you about a great solution!

GotBackup Cloud Backup

There are many great cloud backup solutions but let me tell you about Gotbackup.

Backup to the cloudIn 2011 only 7% of people used online backup, today 24% are and by 2016, 36% of consumers are expected to be using cloud storage and backup. 14% of home computer users will lose data in the next year due to no fault of their own. This is the very first true consumer product that every person needs who owns a mobile device like an iphone, ipad or android and/ or a home computer or laptop.

 

 

Backed up filesWith GotBackup you can:

  • Backup all your photos, music, emails, videos, documents & more!
  • Log in to view all of your files online from any web browser. Browse them just like you would on your PC.
  • Automatically backup your computer silently in the background to the cloud without you having to do anything.
  • Access your cloud on the GotBackup mobile site. We have apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Chrome OS and Windows 8.

GotBackup does not limit your transfer speeds or bandwidth. Their data centers have super fast connectivity. Your online files are encrypted with military grade encryption to keep them safe in our online cloud.

Are you interested in being paid to have a great backup solution?

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Keep your data safe and make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for? I’m thankful for my time in the computer services industry. I’m thankful for business opportunities. I’m thankful you took the time to read this far!

What are you thankful for today?

 

MLM (Multi-level Marketing) sucks!

MLM really sucks if you don’t have the 6 following traits:

  1. An open mind:
  2. Willingness to learn;
  3. Willing to work hard;
  4. Willing to use the system;
  5. Willing to be coached;
  6. Willing to make your fortune.

MLM

Multi-level Marketing (MLM) levels the playing field for everyone regardless of where and how you grew up, your current social position or your education.

Great MLM companies have compensation plans tied directly your efforts. Some will progress faster at the beginning because they are more open minded or coachable. Others may have already learned the basics before.

Your progress will be determined more by your personal efforts and willingness to learn. Is your mind open to creating your wealth and success?

Open Mind

Question?Most of us grow up and learn certain biases. For example, your parents may have always told you weren’t as smart as others so there is no way you will ever be rich. To make themselves and their children feel better, they constantly cut down rich people and said how evil they are. “Why would I want to be like them!”. When something is reapeted often enough, we start to believe our own lies.

Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it’s open. Are you willing to consider that pre-conceived ideas could be wrong?

Willing to Learn

If you open your mind and are willing to learn, great MLM companies offer a lot of free training that would likely cost more than a university and would benefit you with new knowledge and might actually pay you in the process.

Doing business of any kind usually has some cost associated with it but when you are working MLM, it’s likely that it’s more likely that when you make the effort to applied your learned knowledge, the resulting profits outweigh the cost of your time and maybe a little money. Are you willing to apply what you learn?

Willing to Work Hard

You are your own boss. No one will be telling you what to do in a MLM Opportunity. Your income is the direct result of your efforts. When you “hired” yourself, did you consider your “employee’s” work ethic?

We get nothing for nothing in this life. The greatest cost in your business is your time and efforts. What are you willing to do to get what you want?

Willing to Follow A System

collaboration imageGreat MLM companies have a proven system of success. Can you accept that they know more than you and can help you achieve your goals if you open yourself up to change?

I’m not saying you have to do your business exactly as your sponsor did. Successful systems have room for individual expression. Find the parts that fit your personality and use them. For example, maybe you are more comfortable using technology, use that for your initial exposures and then follow up. Alternatively, maybe you prefer to meet in person and use a flip book. Then, do that!

Whatever the system is, find a way to make it fit your style without breaking the business model. This is a business.

Willing To Be Coached

Odds are pretty good that you have a fairly strong personality or you wouldn’t consider MLM as an option. Don’t kid yourself, you might just be passive aggressive. This means your ego may get in the way and it could take a while before you realize it.

Most of us go through that period where we insist we can do it. I may find my sponsor too aggressive and decide I don’t want to be like him/her. They have already proved they can do the business or you would have been their sponsor!

When you realize you don’t have to be exactly like them, you only need to open up o them coaching you and success just might show her face. If what you are doing is easy, it probably won’t work. Let your coach show you how to stretch and get outside your comfort zone.

Ask yourself, am I coachable?

Willing To Make Your Fortune

authorityBlogThinking you want success and money is very different than actually believing it you deserve it. We all have a map burned into our brain that we get directions from. This map was created when you were very young and is seared into your subconscious. Many of us sabotage our own success because we get stuck on the road that is mapped there. I highly recommend reading T Harv Eker’s book, Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind to help you understand what you need to do in order to break the patterns established over your lifetime.

Is your success worth doing some reading to help yourself? Are you willing to make changes? Are you willing to make your fortune?

It’s all up to you to determine what success is for you and how much of a fortune you want.

Just decide!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful Jeff Olsen taught me to read 10 pages of a good book every day. I’m thankful my sponsors don’t give up on me. I’m thankful my wife supports me.

What are you thankful for today?

Blog site: Why everyone should have their own.

You should have your own blog site and it should be self hosted. Blogging is a great way to sort your thoughts and mobilize knowledge. Self hosting maintains control of your digital assets.

Blog Site

logo for barryclermont.comYour blog site should reflect your personality. No, it’s not a place to vent and barf your garbage all over everyone. Yes, there are those who do that.This should be where you let people get to know you in a positive way. It’s no different than meeting people in person. If you always wear a frown and complain, why would I come back?

Self hosted blog sites allow you to maintain control over your content. Only you can take down content if you decide it was not your intended message. Yes, you are liable for what you say and there are times when you may want to make changes, but you won’t have your “free blog site” provider deciding for you. Is anything ever really free? You just gave them your content and agreed to allow them to use you for advertising purposes. That could actually be a great cost.

Thinking Out Loud

Question?My blog sites are where I do my best thinking out loud. Most blogs are triggered by something I read, saw or heard. The best content often comes from learning experiences like webinars or live seminars. For example, Smart Marketing Coaching, available through Pure Leverage, does regular webinars on business building. One of them triggered my blog on creating graphics for your blog or social media posts.

The process of creating a blog, for me, drives the information in deeper. It’s kind of like the old “Read, Write, Repeat”. The research part usually involves reading to find support for what you want to say. Writing the blog helps to clarify your thoughts and involves you repeating what you learned.

By leaving the comments option live, you give others the opportunity to challenge your ideas and gives you the chance to learn even more. Always have sharing buttons so that your knowledge can be mobilized. Your network will grow exponentially over time creating wonderful new friends along the way.

Digital Assets

Your blogs, pictures and videos are all digital assets. They have value to you and we believe they have value to others. 

For example, I created this video to use on my sites. Because it is a testimonial that promotes a product, some sites may not allow you to include it in your blog. Also, check the terms for those sites and you may be giving them permission to re-use your content. That can’t happen when you have a self hosted blog and own the domain.

Video producer

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If you don’t own and control your domain, someone else does. Do you want them to take advantage of your assets?

Put yourself out there. Your blog may very well lead to your next job or business opportunity.

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for Smart Marketing Coaching. I’m thankful you took the time to read this. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow.

What are you thankful for today?

The Sales Process: Do you have one?

Your sales process will define your success. Do you have one? Make sure you understand the difference between sales and marketing when you develop your processes.

What is a “Sales Process”?

Process flow chart.The sales process is every step you take from marketing a product or service to post sale maintenance and support. The sales process isn’t finished at the point of sale. You still need to build in post sale follow up to ensure your client stays sold and becomes a raving fan. Referrals should be part of the sales process.

Marketing isn’t sales!

Marketing is the promotion of your idea whether a service or product. This is part of the sales process but not the actuall selling. You never close a sale when you are marketing.

Most people don’t know they need what you are selling. Marketing is educating your prospect about the value you bring to the table and helping them understand why they should buy from you. You’re not selling at this point. You are effectively creating the customer.

Marketing

Define your opportunity.

Man with list of check marks in a column beside him.Here are five questions you need to answer before you get anywhere near developing your marketing strategy and sales process.

  1. What are you selling?
  2. Why are you selling it?
  3. Who are you selling to?
  4. When are you selling?
  5. Where are you selling?

Design a sales process.

  • Creating a list of prospects.
  • How will you approach them?
  • What is the follow up?
  • How will you close?
  • What is the post sale process?

Selling

Work the plan.

Once you have designed your sales process, it’s time to work your plan. The challenge will be sticking to your plan. Part of a good plan is “Plan, Do, Review”. Set a schedule. Once your plan is done, decide how long you will work the plan and when you will sit to review what works and what doesn’t.

There will be nay sayers who will try to convince you a business is a bad idea. Everyone will have suggestions on how to run your business. It’s prudent to take in good advice but don’t let it derail your plan. Wait for the review and then weigh the advice you have received against your experience. Tune up the plan rather than making wholesale changes and go back to the “do” period.

Earn Referrals.

3D-Women-Shake-Hand-01During your sales process, you will make an impression whether you win the business or not. By selling with intent and integrity, people will come to trust that you are the consumate professional. When you have earned their trust, you have earned the privilege to ask for referrals.

Back to the dating analogy, when people know, like and trust you, they will be very open to making an introduction if you ask them. Tell them who you want to meet. Describe your ideal prospect and ask for introductions. If you don’t ask, they don’t usually think to offer.

Earning and asking for referrals should be built into your sales process.

Business In A Box

Does all of the above sound like a lot of work? You bet it is! You have choices to make. What are you willing to do? You can work out your own strategies. Alternatively, you can buy a “business in a box”. You can buy a franchise system and set up multiple distribution points.

Robert Kyosaki wrote a book called “The Business Of The Century” explaining that MLM is the next business evolution. Faster and more effective, you could consider a multi-level marketing opportunity to get you started.

woman carrying moneyIf financial resources are limiting you from building a bricks and mortar business or buying into a franchise, consider working with a Multi-Level Marketing group to get you started. Remember, MLM is a business and there will be costs.

Make sure you understand what the ongoing operating cost is and be realistic in your expectations. MLM is like going to university. You will learn and it will change you. You may decide the MLM is all you need or you will learn and earn while you work toward your ultimate dream business.

“If it’s to be, it’s up to me”!

What are you willing to do?

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for opportunity. I’m thankful for justice. I’m thankful for chances for personal development.

What are you thankful for today?

What do you say when someone criticizes your faith in your business?

Wouldn’t it be great to be prepared with an answer when someone criticizes your faith in your business? Don’t get sucked into a debate. Be prepared with a response that lets them know where you stand in a respectful manner and let it be.

What does faith have to do with business?

If you thought this would be a discussion about religious faith and business, I’m sorry to disappoint you. I will be up front and tell you that this blog was prompted by something I saw in Church presented by Andy Stanley, a new series called “Prepared”. That series is about being prepared when people make critical comments to Christians but the same principles apply to you and your business.

Man giving thumbs down.Have you ever been involved in a business opportunity and people drop comments in a conversation that really don’t invite discussion but are meant to convey a negative opinion of your particular position or business? You are left feeling shut down and wondering if you are dealing from a position of strength. What if you could be prepared with a response that respecfully conveys your conviction without inviting further conversation?

In Andy Stanley’s “Prepared” series, he gives a response for Christians that I think will work beautifully when someone challenges our belief: “I believe Jesus died for my sin and rose from the dead. But, I don’t believe it because the Bible says so, it’s better than that…” and he leaves it at that. He’s suggesting to make the comment and then just move on. This clarifies a position and really doesn’t invite any further debate.

Just as Christians have faith in Christ, we need to have faith in our business beliefs. How strong is your faith?

What can I say when someone challenges my Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) business?

There will always be crabs who will throw comments your way in order to justify their own fears and ignorance. In the majority of cases, they really have no idea why you are involved in a particular project or business. What they do know is that you may have to leave them behind. I’m not convinced they are ever consciously aware that is what they fear.

Let’s pretend someone has just said something like “I can’t believe you’re still involved in that legal thing!”. Maybe the response could be something like “I believe that everyone deserves equal access to the justice system. But it’s not just because the system is broken, it’s more than that…” and leave it at that!

Make new friends.We understand that most MLM or Direct Marketing Opportunities provide people with one of the greatest ways to grow as individuals whether they ever make money or not. Being involved in a business opportunity, whether MLM or bricks and mortar, changes you.

  • We learn about connecting with people.
  • Learning how to learn.
  • Finding ways to grow.

Some are content to just have a supportive community of positive and like minded people. Yet others make the decision to take the business to different levels and help others realize their greatest potential.

Entrepreneurial Faith

Do you realize you are in a very great minority? Most people don’t have what it takes to think outside the box and do something great. You are part of an elite group of true leaders. You are willing to make changes others aren’t willing to risk. Now, there is another choice to make. Will you keep the faith in yourself and your business?

Like having faith in a supreme being, we often face challenges to belief in our businesses. There are days when that faith is shaken. The challenge is to look  inside and rediscover that faith. Those are the days when we need to make the decision to be very careful with our associations. Sometimes, it may mean limiting our exposure to family and friends.

There will be days when you will have to draw on your entrepreneurial faith to get through bad hours, days, weeks or months. Some will be more difficult than others. Find someone who is like minded that you can call on those days and that you trust you can count on to help you “see the light” again. The wonderful thing about great MLM or Direct Marketing groups is that they recognize we go through tough times and are there whenever we are ready to re-engage.

Your entrepreneurial faith will make or break your business.

Will you keep the faith?

Nearly all men can stand adversity but if you want to test his character, give him power. - Abraham Lincoln

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for Jesus Christ. I’m thankful for my LegalShield family. I’m thankful for open minded people.

What are you thankful for today?