About | June 15th, 2010

Welcome to Monday Morning Kick Start, Tebo Design Studio’s marketing advice and motivation blog.

The idea to write a blog came about in January of 2010 while trying to figure out a way to generate more business. You know, so I could pay the mortgage and put food on the table. That sort of thing.

I never pictured myself as the type to write a blog. I’m honestly a bit of a hypocrite in that sense. While I recommend blogs to my clients as a good way to build website traffic, I actually find them annoying. Same with Facebook, Twitter, and a slew of other social media that tends to be a huge “time suck”, as a friend of mine put it.

So why write a blog? Because, back in the cold winter months I was sure of the one thing that would make my business succeed. I had to DO SOMETHING.

However, I didn’t just do something. I did anything and everything I could think of.

I redesigned my website, I started a networking group, I put up Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages, and I became a Constant Contact Business Partner. In short, I started wheels turning. As many wheels as I could.

I also reserved the domain name for a soon-to-be-released blog. I knew what I wanted to write about in my blog. I wanted a marketing advice blog that hopefully my clients would find useful and entertaining. A weekly inspirational, motivational, kick-in-the-pants kind of blog. The kind of blog people would actually want to subscribe to and maybe even tell their friends about. The kind of blog I would want to read.

So what happened? Why has it taken me so many months to launch “Monday Morning Kick Start”?

I got business. A lot of business. You know, enough to pay the mortgage, put food on the table, and have some left over. That sort of thing.

I gained several new clients over the past year just by shamelessly promoting myself to any friend or business associate that was willing to bestow a coveted “Like” upon my Facebook page. The networking group landed me more business as well. So did the Constant Contact partnership. Customers that I did work for sent me new customers. (Thank you very much!)

My marketing advice to myself worked so well that I no longer had time to write a blog about marketing advice. I still wanted to, though. I really wanted to share the knowledge that I had gained. I knew that if I found more ways for my customers to succeed, we would all ultimately succeed.

So I added “manage time better” to my to-do list. Perhaps that will be a subject for one of my posts.

So if you find yourself wondering if Walmart is hiring because your career or business isn’t what you’d like it to be, turn your focus on doing. Do something, anything, everything to help yourself succeed. When you start the wheels turning, you can’t help but go someplace. You might even be pleasantly surprised where you end up.

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