My Beloved Women 9 | Teaching Women the 10 Best Business Tips That Ensure They Thrive in Their Online Writing Business or Virtual Ministry
Welcome to the 9th lesson in the My Beloved Women Blog Series.
I am Felecia Killings, Founder and CEO of The Felecia Killings Foundation. Our mission is to help women like you build social, political, and economic empires based on Kingdom principles. In addition, my purpose is to encourage you to use your gifts to build national platforms that will impact millions.
You, Beloved, have something to offer the world; and with my training, I will teach you how to manifest your greatness in this new decade.
In this new Empowering Post, I'll share 10 different strategies that will help you develop the mindset to launch a successful online business or virtual ministry.
These are tips used by the most prosperous entrepreneurs and authors today.
By putting them into practice for your own venture, you will see tremendous results this year.
So, without delay, let's get started.
Tip #1: Have a Clear Vision of What You Want to Deliver to the Market
When working with my clients, the first assignment I give to them compels them to define their vision. I ask them, "What do you see for yourself and your venture over the next 25 years?"
By articulating their overall vision from the beginning, it's easier to clarify the steps necessary to manifest it.
Your vision for your writing ministry or business can be as vast as you desire. When I first began my online work back in 2016, my vision was to be the premiere, online training solution for new authors. I wanted a platform that provided exceptional lessons for writers with inspirational, motivational stories. I wanted my readers (who eventually became my future clients) to have a place where they could learn how to flourish in their calling.
And since that time, my platform has reached tens of thousands ... all because I was bold enough to speak and write my vision.
That's what you want to do as well as you pursue your new venture.
Know your vision. Articulate it clearly. Write it down. And ensure it will be empowering to the market.
Tip #2: Be Clear About Your Business's or Ministry's Financial Goals
When it comes to building an online business or thriving virtual ministry, generating income is a must!
If you want to write as a hobby, then focusing on this element won't be useful to you.
But if you know you're called to this industry, understand you must position your work to receive finances. Being clear about your financial goals is paramount to your success.
The best way to define your goals for your business or ministry is to consider how vast your vision is. For example, The Felecia Killings Foundation is a national one. Our platform and messages reach millions each year. To maintain our growth and to scale it even more, we have set financial goals for the work that allow for optimal success.
The Foundation has become more than a solo venture for me. I now have partnerships with other content creators; I have Contributing Writers who add value to our online networks; and later this year, we will hire our Executive Team that will perform a lot of offline and online tasks.
As a result, my financial goals for The Foundation cannot remain small (like $10,000+ extra a year). My goals have to be in proportion to the vision (generating 6-8 figures annually).
And I urge you to consider the same, Beloved.
Think about your vision and what needs to be accomplished. Determine the costs associated with manifesting that vision, including your own salary and business training costs.
Set realistic financial goals, and work towards meeting them each year.
Tip #3: Be Clear About Your Purpose for Your Writing Business or Ministry
What is your "why," Beloved?
Have you truly taken time to understand the reason for launching your writing business or virtual ministry?
Is your purpose to make an extra $1,000/month? Is your purpose to empower people? Is your purpose to raise money for your local organization?
These questions are to get you thinking about the core reason for starting your new venture. Without this understanding, it will be difficult to start, grow, maintain, and scale your work over time.
Too often, people who begin their ventures quit within months. And most often, this can be traced back to their lack of motivation.
Building a venture -- including writing books -- takes strong will power and tenacity. In the beginning, you will fail more times than you succeed, especially if you take this journey alone without proper training.
So, what will you do when you feel the urge to quit? What will motivate you to push forward?
When in doubt, you can return to your "why." Go back to your purpose and why you began this venture.
For me, my motivation has always been my daughter, Aaliyah Amore. I began this work so I could leave a tangible legacy for her and my future descendants. The Felecia Killings Foundation is a work that will remain a part of the Killings' legacy; and it provides opportunities to our future generations to have economic opportunities via empowering work.
This is my "why," and you must also consider yours.
I assure you: When you know your "why," failure will NEVER cause you to quit.
Tip #4: Be Wise with Your Time
Writerpreneurship is fun and exciting; but it can also be time-consuming. Building a new career and business is never easy, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health in exchange for a thriving ministry.
As you work on building your venture, take time to enjoy life. Learn to prioritize what truly matters: faith, family, friends, etc.
Create a clear schedule that grants you the time and space to construct your book, build your platform, and spend time doing what you love.
A healthy work-life balance is crucial for your success.
Tip #5: Start Building Your Author's Platform Little by Little
Your Author's Platform is one of the most important elements of your writing ministry. But it will take time to build this empire.
The best strategy is to work on your Author's Platform, little by little. Contribute to it daily, whether that means constructing new blog posts, engaging with your ideal audience on social media, or partnering with other authors to launch something phenomenal.
When I first began my Author's Platform, I invested 80-100 hours a week to constructing 5-10 blog posts per week.
Because I was new, I wanted to get my expertise to the online market immediately. In addition, I spent roughly 2-4 hours a day on social media, engaging with the people.
In 2016, during the presidential election, my content began going viral, which resulted in a surge of new followers.
And today, my Author's Platform is vast because of the initial work I invested. Today, I've been featured on top conservative outlets that helped expand my platform. But it all began with a determination to contribute to my Author's Space in the beginning.
Your platform, Beloved, will determine how well people respond to your message. The tone you use, the voice you project online, and the way you captivate an audience will make the difference.
So, each day, contribute to your Author's Platform. Think about the most effective strategies for online engagement. And build, build, build.
Tip #6: Focus on Delivering High Value to Your Ideal Reader & Build Your Fanbase
In the business world, it's not enough for you to have customers, clients, or readers.
You need FANS!
These are individuals who will remain loyal to your online business or virtual ministry, no matter who else comes on the scene.
Fans of your content will be your greatest asset, because they will GLADLY spread word about your books, events, blog posts, merchandise, etc. These individuals will share your tweets and other social media posts, because they want to be a part of your venture.
Fans will also be loyal to your vision and mission. They will help you manifest it.
But to build this fanbase, you must be authentic. You must be transparent. You must put your heart into everything you create (i.e. books, blog posts, podcasts, etc.). And you must focus on empowering the people at all times.
When you do this consistently, your Author's Platform and audience will grow exponentially.
Tip #7: Invest in Content Marketing
Listen, building your writing ministry is no joke.
This is your business, your baby, your ministry. And you must be a good steward over it. That means you must take the time to invest in your content, ensuring what you provide to your audience is what it actually needs and wants.
Too often, new authors simply want to write a book that impresses themselves. They don't think about the readers. They want to tell a story as they see fit, neglecting the most important person in the book-writing process: the actual reader.
The same goes for writers who create blog posts or other content marketing materials.
As a Content Creator (including being an author), you are delivering a service to the market. And each time you create a new piece, you must ensure it will benefit the other person.
Content marketing is the #1 strategy for gaining maximum exposure for your online business or virtual ministry. In fact, because you are in this virtual space, creating content to help sell your work is all you can do to gain buyers.
Whether you invest in creating webinars, blog posts, e-books, courses, and more, you must create material that will astound and empower your audience. And as you develop extraordinary content, seamlessly embed your paid products or services so your readers can receive premium offers from you.
Tip #8: Have Faith in Your Business's or Ministry's Success
As you continue building your writing ministry, you will experience hardships and frustrations that make it difficult for you to move forward. But your faith in your work has the power to give you your resolve.
No matter what challenges come your way -- including the financial ones -- hold fast to the vision. Have faith in the work God has given to you. Remain steadfast and immovable. Use every challenge as an opportunity for optimal growth.
As you stay committed, doors of opportunity will come before you.
Tip #9: Continuously Refine Your Brand & Online Presence
As you begin working on your venture, you will find it necessary to refine your brand and online presence.
When I first started my online business in 2016, my focus was on editing clients' books. But over time, as I began flourishing in my gifts, my messages became more focused on Kingdom principles in social, political, and economic spheres.
Over time, my brand evolved to what it is now.
I anticipate that in 5 years, the brand will look slightly different than it does today, and that's OK. The work is ever-increasing, and so will yours.
As you put forth efforts to launch your venture, be opened to the shifts that occur. How you begin won't be how you end. You can grow and increase as often as you desire.
And the readers you gain in the beginning of your journey will be the faithful members (or fans) who stay loyal to your venture, because they are invested in your vision.
Tip #10: Learn from Today's Experts & Invest in Your Training
One of the worst things you can do as a new author is create new principles that will hopefully work for your writing ministry. Yes, it’s possible to create newer strategies; but don’t waste your creative power trying to invent new principles.
Learn from the experts and replicate their successes by following their road maps. You can always add your flare and ingenuity, but don’t waste time trying to figure out new ways of doing things, not when the path has already been set.
You can glean from today's experts by reading or listening to their FREE content. You can also purchase their books, attend their events, or hire them as your coach.
For new authors who know they have a story that belongs on the national forefront, The Foundation has created LiyahAmore University, our book-publishing school. We provide all the educational support authors need for a successful venture. We cut through the noise and empower them for immediate success the moment their book launches.
What would otherwise take them years to accomplish on their own, with a life-altering investment, they can receive amazing tangibles within months. And it's all because they have learned to hire the right experts to take them to that next level.
In Conclusion ...
Beloved, as you prepare to launch your new venture, consider the 10 business tips I shared with you today.
You don't have to wait to get started. Begin right now, and do what's necessary to manifest your vision this year.
If you would like to connect with me and other women who are building social, political, and economic empires in this new decade, I encourage you to join our newest virtual work, My Beloved Women's Ministry.
It's FREE to join, thanks to our Beloved Sponsors.
And each year, I host a powerful virtual and in-person conference where you can receive more advanced training for your vision.
When you are ready to take your ideas to the next level, enroll in LiyahAmore University, our 6- and 12-month training program for new authors. At The Felecia Killings Foundation, we work specifically with our women members, clients, and scholars to help them launch an online business or virtual ministry using their authorship.
As new clients enter our award-winning, book-publishing program, we bring their stories to the public on our national platform.
If you desire to write and publish a book, visit our school today or download our FREE Welcome Packet. Read more case studies and testimonials from our past clients. Gain insight and direction for your own work.
Then schedule your FREE 30-minute consultation with me so we can discuss your vision. From there, you will learn more about tuition costs, time commitment, and more. And within 72-hours, we will get you booked for the 2021 calendar.
Beloved, by the end of your training, you will become a published author within 6-12 months. You will also have your book featured on our website for life. We will bring your voice and message to our national platform, which reaches millions each year via Twitter and other social sites. And you will be empowered for a new career that focuses on your God-given calling.
I pray this lesson empowered you, Beloved. You can read more FREE lessons right here and here.
And as always, let's grow together!
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"I've worked with Felecia on two projects; she helped me with writing and editing my book. As an author, finding the right editor is very important. I had my book edited by someone who didn't do my book justice. But once Felecia performed the edits, the story flowed better than I'd image. I had found the right editor. Her skills are remarkable and I highly recommend her for any project you may have, big or small. As a writing coach, I wanted to take my business to the next level. Seeking out Coach Felecia was the best decision I made. She encouraged me to develop an online school, which I'm in the process of doing. She helped me create the curriculum, identify my audience, and provided me with the tools to succeed. If you need a coach to push you to the next level, Felecia is the person. She knows her stuff."
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