Growing A $100,000 Home-based Business With A No-Hype And Simple Strategy

Hi everyone,

growing a six-figure home-based businessThe Newsletter is online! In this week’s newsletter we explain exactly how you can make a $100,000 home-based business with a no-hype (and simple) business strategy.

You’ll want to print this one out and discuss it with your spouse!

We’d love to hear from you. If you want to submit a topic or question for an upcoming newsletter – visit the newsletter page.

We hope you enjoy the article! Tell us what you think about it. Leave a comment below.

Jason & Cinnamon

Exactly How We Make Money Blogging – And How You Can Too

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The Newsletter Is Online. In this week’s newsletter we explain exactly how we make money blogging and how you can too – yes – we share actual numbers. We hope you find it helpful.

If you like to write – and want to add another money making option to your online work – this newsletter might be very helpful!

We’d love to hear from you. If you want to submit a topic or question for an upcoming newsletter – visit the newsletter page.

We hope you enjoy the article! Tell us what you think about it.

Jason & Cinnamon

Overcoming Your First Objection

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Hate Selling?

Many people hate selling with a passion. Do you?

If so, you’re not alone. Why do we hate selling so much?

  • Maybe we’ve gotten forced to sit through an awkward timeshare presentation where they really turned on the pressure tactics right in front of our kids.
  • Maybe we’ve been ripped off by a dishonest salesperson and couldn’t get the money back.
  • Maybe we’ve gotten befriended by someone only to find out that it was just part of their multi-level marketing program. That awkward dinner at their house pushed us over the edge into pure hatred of salespeople.

Here is the problem – one of the easiest ways to add income from home is to sell products or services. But if you hate selling, you’re going to avoid those options like the plague. And some of them are actually really good options. So the first objection you have to overcome in order to make money from home is your own objection to selling.

Here are five truths that might help you find a break-through:

#1. Fulfilling Demand Is Easy – Creating It Is Hard. The best salespeople find starving people and give them food. They sell things people really want. Everybody loves that type of salesperson. They simply fulfill existing demand. These smart sellers only work with people who have such a clear felt need, and true desire for the product, that the selling is easy. They’ve set themselves up for success as servants rather than scammers. We all hate the pressure tactics, the awkward questions, and the leading conversations that are part of an ugly selling process. Smart salespeople don’t participate in ugly selling.

#2. Only Sell What You Truly Believe In. Just wanting to make money, and being passionate about a product because the commissions will help your monthly budget, isn’t enough. If you’re going to speak with conviction and sincerity, then you’ve got to be a huge believer in what you’re offering. Frequently that means looking for deeper meaning and the impact of your product or service, not just the obvious utility. Will your product strengthen a family’s bonds? Will it give someone a second shot at life? Will it create memories that will last a lifetime? These are powerful motivators.

#3. People Under Pressure Do Stupid Things. Generally the “ugly” pressure tactics you’ve encountered in life are the result of a salesperson feeling a huge burden to make a sale. Maybe they’re broke and need the commission money to feed their kids, or maybe their boss said if they don’t sell something they’re going to get fired, or maybe they’re trying to win a contest or outperform someone else. You can avoid this entirely by putting yourself in a position to never act out of self-interest or urgency, and only act out of the best interest of your customers. If you try working for a company that creates these types of pressure situations, find a new opportunity.

#4. Listeners Make Great Salespeople. The best selling skill you can possibly cultivate is the skill of listening. Why? Because listeners hear what people need and can propose laser-beam focused solutions. Listeners hear whether someone is ready to buy, and if not, avoid any awkward sales pitches. Listeners let people articulate their need for a product, which results in them selling themselves. Listeners spend more time with prospects, which is one of the keys to selling. If you’re a good listener, you’ve got a great head start on being a good salesperson.

#5. Sales Is A Performing Art. No one expects a total rookie to be good at selling. Sure, it helps if you’ve been a courtesy clerk at a grocery store, worked at a restaurant, or in a retail store. Those environments train you to be attentive and helpful. But if you’re brand new to it, expect there to be growing pains. Give yourself permission to learn, find a product or service that gives you a good environment to learn in, and dedicate yourself to only using the ethical techniques.

If you use wisdom to evaluate both the industry you work in, and the people you work with, you’ll be off to a great start. If you vow to let your light shine through the sales process, and give yourself permission to start learning how to do it well, you can be successful without compromising your integrity.

Quick Question: Have you learned to overcome your objections to sales and marketing, or are you still struggling with it? Let us know what you think about selling – leave a comment below.

Craft Pricing Power – A #1 Bestseller In 4 Categories

Thank You!

Just a quick note to thank each of you who grabbed a free copy of Craft Pricing Power yesterday! Together, you made it a #1 bestseller in 4 Amazon categories. Overall it peaked as the 182nd Bestseller in Amazon yesterday, (Amongst all free ebooks).

Here is a collage of the screenshots:

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Why I Made It Free

You might be wondering, “Hey – I thought it was about getting good prices, but you gave it away for -free – why?”

The answer is simple, (It’s one of the proven pricing principles I explain in the book). Specifically in this situation – on the Kindle platform – when you make an ebook free it generally climbs up the rankings as people snag a free copy – and in the process a lot more people are exposed to the title – and decide to get a copy – at the regular price. The other thing that (can) happen is that in the process of having lots of free downloads – you get more people to review the book early on – which is a great way to build up the books reputation as a bestseller. You can see how the book is doing at it’s normal price by visiting it on Amazon and scrolling down to look at the sales rank.

How You Can Help Spread The Word

We’d love your help spreading the word about the book. The simplest way to do that is to leave a review on Amazon. That would be a huge help. You can read the current (very gracious review) here and leave one yourself.

Thanks again for allowing us to serve you with resources – it’s truly an honor.

Jason & Cinnamon




Tomorrow, (1-31-14), our latest ebook Craft Pricing Power – 12 Proven Pricing Principles For Small Business Owners will be free on Kindle! Be sure to grab a copy.

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We would be incredibly grateful if you’d leave your highest & best review on Amazon in support of this ebook. Reviews help launch new ebooks in important ways. When books get good reviewed on Amazon – they get additional visibility and new customers are willing to take a chance on them. So if you wouldn’t mind taking a moment to leave a review – that would be a huge help.

Announcing Craft Pricing Power

[Special Update: The winners of our comment contest are Rachel B. and Rebecca C. - they have just been informed via email. Congratulations!].

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new ebook Craft Pricing Power!

Why We Did This Project

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We did this project because in a December 2013 poll our (awesome) partners said that pricing was the #1 issue they needed help with – so we decided to jump into this fun topic.

We blogged about each of the pricing principles here on MSG and asked for comments and feedback. Then we asked everyone to vote on a title and cover option.

The results showed that people overwhelmingly liked the title “Craft Pricing Power”, and while it was closer – they also liked the bold & clean design of cover option #1.

Final Cover Art Choice

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Ultimately we went with a version of cover option #1 that we modified in several ways. First, we removed the red accent color and went with a blue that Cinnamon helped me pick.

We also went with “Craft Pricing Power” instead of “Online Pricing Power“. Most of the comments in our survey stated that people liked the craft focused title more than the generic “Internet” title.

How We Got 12 Principles

In the final writing process we also broke a couple of the pricing principles down a bit and clarified things so there were ultimately 12 principles in the final version of the ebook. We added new content to each chapter too. The final ebook version is longer and more complete than the original blog posts.

Secret 13th Pricing Principle

We also added a secret bonus at the end of the book – a 13th principle that we didn’t blog about or mention on the book cover. It is a really powerful lesson on pricing that you’ll want to read about. It has to do with a powerful concept called “charm prices”.

Get A Free Copy

We’d love to have you snag a free copy. The book is available right now on Amazon as an ebook with the $.99 cent price. That is the lowest price Amazon allows. But we have five promotional dates picked when it will be free. The dates are:

  • Monday, Janaury 27th
  • Friday, January 31st
  • Friday, February 28th
  • Friday, March 28th
  • Friday, April 25th.

You’ll notice that the free promo dates are the last Friday of the month. We’ll continue to do that for the near future. So check back in May, June, Juy, and August. It will most likely be free on the last Friday of those months too.

Read It Anywhere

Don’t forget, you can read Kindle books on any computer, tablet, or smartphone, find out how here. You don’t need a Kindle.

Help Wanted: Amazon Reviews

We would be incredibly grateful if you’d leave your highest & best review on Amazon in support of this ebook. Reviews help launch new ebooks in important ways. When books get good reviewed on Amazon – they get additional visibility and new customers are willing to take a chance on them. So if you wouldn’t mind taking a moment to leave a review – that would be a huge help.

Thanks Again

Thanks again for helping us work on this book project. We do all of our writing to help you – our amazing Liberty Jane Partners – we hope this new resource is a big help. We are honored to serve you.

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