Friday, October 17, 2008

StoresOnline Merchants: Plan Your Success

"A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug."
~ Patricia Neal


The weekend is upon us...the holidays are coming up faster than expected...it might be a good idea for StoresOnline Merchants to buckle down and make some holiday specific goals...now is the time to plan, if you haven't already. Here is an excerpt from the ThinkTQ.com - Daily Lessons In Intentional Excellence feed that talks about planning:

"A simple fact of life: The more you plan ahead, the more you accomplish in the time you have. Planning ahead is a skill that applies equally to your NEXT move, your NEXT task, your NEXT day and your NEXT year.

When you look ahead to where you want to go NEXT, you can determine in advance what you are going to do, what you're going to need to effectively do it—and identify the shortest route to get it done.

"It's simply a matter of doing what you do best and not worrying about what the other fellow is going to do."
~ John R. Amos


A high commitment to this area of your performance suggests you've mastered the basics of planning. You are the role model for efficiency and a master at reducing stress. You always know what you're going to do next and what you're going to need to do it. You know what your schedule holds for tomorrow and exactly where you're supposed to be.

By planning ahead, you ordinarily bypass the obstacles that trip up people who only look down at their feet as they rush by in a flurry of misbegotten activity.

However, a lack of commitment suggests you complete your tasks one at a time without thinking about your NEXT move. Your progress is rarely a straight line. Instead, it might be better described as a series of random actions in divergent directions. You are often forced to backtrack and redo what you just completed -- because you didn't foresee how it would affect your next move.

By failing to plan ahead, you are less efficient and prepared for what to do next. You run in circles... a lot! Advice: Think WIN WIN—Now!

If you get yourself into the mind-set of asking yourself What's Important NOW... What's Important NEXT—10 times each day—you will not only understand the art of planning... you will master it!

You CAN achieve your greatest GOALS.
You CAN attain financial FREEDOM.
You CAN enjoy a career that is BOTH emotionally and financially rewarding.
Simply unleash the WIN WIN WINNER within! -- E.R. Haas, CEO"

StoresOnline Merchant Success stories usually began with a plan that was followed up with dedication and fortitude. Create a plan. Get focused. Stay with it. We look forward to hearing about your personal StoresOnline Success story!

13 comments:

LaVerne said...

If you are concerned about having answer your toll free all the time there are ways to manage this. You can set the times you want the phone to ring through. Such as Monday through Friday, eight to five. After that you can set it to go to VM. You can set this up using the repeat function. Or you can set up a time frame of going to VM, say you are on vacation for a week. Choose the period function for this. Or you can set it to only go VM, never function, or to always ring to you, always function.
Avail is a very flexible tool to manage your business.

Stacey & Nico Gonzalez said...

This comment really made me think...
The more you plan ahead, the more you accomplish in the time you have. I try to do that with everything in life but when dealing with a website it makes sense. Planning ahead is a good security for some people, including me and I feel like I have direction.

Thelma said...

The StoresOnline programming department can help you build a fabulous site. Once they have finished your site let customer support answer all of the questions you might have about maintaining that site. The customer support reps are only one call away should you have questions. Programming builds your site and from that point on the award winning StoresOnline Customer Support team is there to guide you to the next level.

Nicky said...

It is always good to plan ahead. I know that being a stay at home mom I have to buget my time between the baby, working from home and managing a website. I have found that as I plan a little time each day to maintain it, it makes a BIG difference in making my web business a success.

Stacey & Nico Gonzalez said...

So the programing department can help me build a site? Does it costs extra or is it included in the cost? I know the customer service is great and I have heard a lot of good things about them.

Anonymous said...

I have spoke to other storesonline customers who have had a bad attitude about their site because they don't have a lot of traffic right away. Because of this they Plan on failing and will probably fail. But I have been told if you think positive thoughts then something positive will happen. So my suggestion to all those who are struggling with their site would be to think positive the best is yet to come :)

Lucy said...

I have talked to many customers that say they love Avail. They love how the toll free numbers and emails make their sites look so professional.
I spoke with a woman today who is getting many more orders because of her toll free, over nine hundred dollars today alone.
Avail can really help your websites. If you have questions just call customer service.

Stacey & Nico Gonzalez said...

I didn't know you can set up times for your phone to ring, that is great! It will make it a lot more flexible and better to run things. thanks laverne for the heads up on that!

Barney said...

Categories is a nice way to organize your products. When you are in your products tab you can click on the categories to the right. There you can add your categories.
Make sure you add your products to those categories. Click display and all your products will come up. Then you just select the products you want by checking the boxes on the right.
Once you have checked them, click select on the bottom right and your chosen products will be in that category.

Fred said...

Remember to treat your website as your business. So many people wonder why they aren't making money on the web. But like any business you must be involved in every aspect. Selling, marketing, keeping the books. I talk to many people everyday who are doing very well with their sites. They take the time to work on their marketing, ways to improve their sites and managing every aspect of their business.
But I also talk to people who can't understand why their sites aren't doing as well as they would like. Often as I question them, I find they do not want to make the effort to market because they feel it "takes too much time or money." They want a magic bullet that will make their site pour our money with little time or effort. Like a brick and mortar business, the owner has to put forth time and effort to succeed. So remember, your website is a business and if you teat it that way you will see your efforts pay off.

betty said...

Have you checked out the catalog feature of your pro site?
If not go to your publish tab, click print and then add, and add your catalog. You can pick the features you want for your catalog. You will receive an email once your catalog is finished populating.
Now you have something you can hand friends, family or co-workers if you so choose.

Kimmy Clark said...

The StoresOnline Programming department is able to assist StoresOnline Merchants with building their sites, but I believe there is a charge for that service, depending on what you signed up for with your StoresOnline website package. For more information about programming, please visit http://www.storesonlineprogramming.com/.

Oprah Smith said...

I think going to MySpace and Facebook is a great way to market.
Sometimes I speak with people who think those sites are "Just for kids." My response has always been that "Kids buy products too."
Don't discount these sites just because you think you are too old.
What a great way to get some free marketing by using social sites.
Remember an entire generation continues to drive marketing trends, the Baby Boomers. If marketers had ignored that group there would be no "Pepsi Generation"or "I'd like to buy the world a Coke." Barbies, Hula Hoops, GI Joe, Play Dough, and on and on, all marketed to one generation.
So, do not ignore those "kids" because many of them have money to burn. Why not let them burn it on your product!