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Principles of Wealth Building

Adam Mortimer shared the following great tips :

The principles of wealth-building are simple truths that you can follow to achieve financial independence. As you begin your journey towards financial independence, you may start to notice that many of the financial gurus say the same thing. They just say it differently. Some of the most common principles of wealth building are doing things like paying yourself first, reducing your expenses, and learning how to invest.

The book The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason covers some of these basic principles. The wealth-building principles (or “commandments”) are as follows:

· Pay yourself first. Paying yourself is a crucial key to financial freedom. If you are not paying yourself first, you are going to have a hard time reaching financial freedom. Remember the old saying by Benjamin Franklin, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” If you earn $50,000 a year but you are only saving $1,200, how much are you really earning? I will give you a hint: the answer is not $50,000.

· Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment: This means set up a plan to pay off your house as soon as possible. One of the best ways to increase your wealth is to pay off that big mortgage. Imagine all the things you could do if you didn’t have a mortgage payment.

· Control thy expenditures: Controlling your expenses is a very simple, yet crucial, step towards building wealth. I have yet to meet a wealthy man who lives beyond his means, so track your expenses and look for ways to use your money more efficiently. You can do this by not eating out as much, reducing the cable bill, and using coupons, just to name a few.

· Guard thy treasures from loss: Before you invest in anything, make sure you are very familiar with the investment at hand. Never put your hard-earned money into something that you are unfamiliar with. This is a sure way to lose money.

· Increase thy ability to earn: One of the best ways to increase your wealth is to excel at what you do. If you are an employee, be the best employee that you can be. Look for ways to make your company more money or ways to reduce company expenses. Find the people out there that are excelling at what they do and learn from them.

· Insure a Future Income: Make sure that if something should happen to you, your family will be taken care of. This means having the right types and amounts of insurance. Also, a great way to insure a future income is through real estate investing.

· Make thy gold multiply: A sure way to wealth is to learn how to make your money grow. You can do this by using the miracle of compound interest.

I sure love learning  and sharing “.. these basic wealth building principles is a crucial in our quest for financial independence! ..”

Humbly posted,

Devin Willis

Resources:

Principles of Wealth  Building By Adam Mortimer–

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals by Adam Mortimer—

Maintaining Your Credit Score by Adam Mortimer

Four Principles of Wealth Building By Natalie Aranda

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason



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Some Tips On Email Marketing

I talked with a Chirley B yesterday, who talked about her coach Dan Patterson in a pleasing way! She stated that he really covered  some helpful information!

E- Commerce Coach Dan Patterson has posted  a snap shot in the Prosper a blog post of some of the things she loved!


What are the benefits of email marketing or having a newsletter?

Here are a couple of them:

  • It’s cheap!
  • You can build long term relationships with your customers
  • It’s fast and you can automate it
  • Easy to track
  • And email can spread like a virus!

Review those benefits again. Think about this for a minute. If you are able to build a list of customers or subscribers to a newsletter, you really can build a good long term relationship with your clients. In my mind this is one of the biggest benefits to email marketing. As we all know, it is much easier to sell to an existing client than it is to gain a new one.

Segmenting Your List

As you are having people sign up for a newsletter you’ll want to make sure that you segment your list. By segmenting your list you can find out what the members of your list are the most interested in. This also gives you the ability to target messages to the right people. A great way to segment a list is to have a list of categories or interests on the signup page for your newsletter. If you’re creating a list out of a customer database, you can do it based on the type of products that the customer purchased from you. Sure, you will probably have general messages that you send out on a frequent basis, but you can also do some specific targeted messages to certain segments from time to time as well.

Rent or Build?

Some people wonder if it is better to rent or buy a list from someone else, or take the time to develop your own list. In the end it is much better to develop your own list. I say this for a couple of reasons. First of all, if you are marketing to your own organic list you can expect to get a better response and delivery rate because these subscribers already know who you are. It is also much cheaper to do it this way because you own the list! So when it comes to building your list, take the time to do it right.

Double Opt-In

Another tip for setting up your list is to use a double opt-in system. This helps you weed out the problems with spam. When you’re looking at conversion numbers from your email campaigns, you want to make sure that you are seeing accurate numbers. But if you have a lot of spammy addresses in your list your numbers will be skewed.

The Purpose of Your Emails

When I talk to people about email marketing, one of the first questions I ask them is, “Why do you need a list?” Guess what the common response I hear is … “So I can market to people!” While this is essentially what we’re doing, it’s the wrong overall attitude to have for email marketing. Have you ever signed up for an email list where all they did was market to you? Did you stay signed up for that list very long? I know I don’t!

So instead, focus on the information that you’re going to be giving people. Decide what your message is going to be, and also decide how frequently you’re going to send out those messages. This way you are building a long term, trustworthy relationship with your subscribers. Then, every now and then you can work in an actual ‘marketing message.’ This is ok because you are already gaining your subscribers’ trust.

Design Tips

When you’re designing your emails you really have two options: HTML or plain text. If you’re doing an HTML email, you will be able to do better tracking and branding of your company. But, you may also have problems with the message displaying properly in different email programs. Text emails are 100% consistent and focused on the content, but can also seem plain and boring. Chances are that if you go with a good newsletter management system, they will have it set up so that your newsletters go out as both. Because of the HTML problems, its good to have a link at the top of the email that will allow readers to open the message in a separate browser window.

Here are a few other things to consider for the design of your emails. Just like with a web page, your most important information needs to be ‘above the fold,’ or in other words above the point where someone would have to scroll down to see more information. Make sure that your first paragraph contains the most important information.

Mistakes to Avoid

Below is a list of common mistakes that people make when doing email marketing. Make sure you aren’t doing these things!

  • Poor formatting
  • Too much copy
  • Inconsistent frequency
  • No personalization
  • Poor segmentation

Take the time to do your emails the right way and you’ll get much more benefit out of them.

In summary, email marketing is something that everyone can incorporate into their business. If you’re looking for a good newletter management program, Aweber.com is probably one of the best out there. The price is right around $20 a month. If you need a cheaper alternative to get started, try MailChimp.com where you can pay as you go and still get a lot of really good features

When I hung-up the phone , I must admit it was a good feeling to know this information helped her everyday;0)

Take care,

Devin Willis

Resource:

Some Tips for Email Marketing by Dan Patterson -July 2nd, 2008 – Prosper Blogs


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Leadership Words + Insight

Trevor Gay,  who  spent 35 years working in healthcare management shared some great insights on his blog Simplicity. He wrote the following:

Feeling in a reflective mood, I thought I would list the most outstanding qualities of the most effective leaders I’ve ever worked with or for.

These were the 5 words that came into my head after not very long thinking about the question:

Integrity
Humility
Kindness
Support
Fairness


Strange how words like Hard, Decisive, Ruthless, and Disciplinarian did not come into my head. That probably says more about me than anything else.

I agree with Trevor.  During my 17 years of management experience I have come to the same conclusions

I would add:

Example-Lead by what we do, not what we only say.

I have seen leadership as a stewardship and huge responsibility. I perhaps see my role to “encourage the heart. and empower and celebrate learning and the growth of others”

Currentl my company gives it’s leaders the opportunity to do the above and I feel lucky to be working , growing, learning and teaching here.

What are others thoughts?

Humbly submitted,

Devin Willis

Resources That Are Helpful:

Servant Leadership, Stewardship and Winnie the Pooh
Wayne Stewart, February 2005,PDF/Adobe Acrobat

Ken Blanchard – Situational Leadership By mftrou.com

First issue of BusinessWeek + “Trouble at the Office ” can help you succeed! August 22, 2008, Devin Willis, My Discoveries on the Road to Prosper and Learn

Concepts of Leadership A Big Dog, Little Dog and Knowledge Jump Production.

Inspirational Blogs on Leadership and Management August 12, 2008 , Devin Willis

The Top 100 Management and Leadership Blogs That All Managers Should Bookmark” By HR World Editors on June 10, 2008

Ethan Willis in the News! E-strengths assessment helps others – posted  on Modern Kung fu July 24, 2008 found  by Devin Willis

Totally Consumed HR Jeff Treder– he also , correctly pointed  out  I , ” missing some of the heaviest-hitters,” including: All Things Workplace , Managing Leadership , Flowing Motion , Ripple Effect :Human Markets Ask a Manager and Totally Consumed HR .:

Leadership vs. ManagementSyque


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Sales Through Service

I read a great article ”   Sales through service: The start of social business

” By Jennifer Kirkby.  We have been doing this at Prosper for about a year and our students that were sold through service  are very happy! Please read and let me know your thoughts? She wrote the following:

‘Sales through service’ is a simple concept, and one that is becoming increasingly popular as organisations look to drive their contact centres into profit centres. But sales through service requires a lot of hard work to get it right. Jennifer Kirkby explains what it is, why it’s important – and how it can be implemented successfully. Jennifer Kirkby,shares examples of sales through service:

  • Key account managers, whose role is to understand client’s needs and find solutions from his company. The best do this through personal conversation, like the IBM client manager for an airline who spends most of his time talking in the airline’s staff canteen.
  • The Dyson field service team who, whilst carrying out servicing in the customer’s home, find out through conversation what issues and needs the customer has. They are well versed in all the products and connected to operations to put right any issues. Customers have been highly delighted with this ‘time saving’ service.
  • John Lewis thought that leaving customers to browse was what they wanted, but customers thought staff were being aloof and unfriendly. After a five year sales through service programme, staff now acknowledge the customer, open up conversations and close sales by matching product to need as closely as possible – even if it means selling a lower priced product than the customer had intended to buy.
  • Amazon, which was founded on a sales through service philosophy.
  • O2, which supplies service contact centre staff with information on the customer’s risk of attrition, and the three best offers (sales or service) to make to that customer based on propensity modelling and the content of the call. Around 6% of its 50 million annual calls now generate revenue, and customer satisfaction is reported to have risen.

All the examples emphasise that sales through service is not just about revenue generating sales, it is about exchanging value. That may be free upgrades, helpful advice or customer care, in exchange for customer engagement, recommendations, valuable data – and yes, at some point sales

I agree, after being involved in Prosper customer/Student care for many years. We have found that Jennifer Kirkby is 100% right on point!

Resource Sales through service: The start of social business” By Jennifer Kirkby-28-Aug-2008-MyCustomer.com

Humbly,

Devin Willis


Explore Related Resources:

Sales Through ServiceThe Forum

Achieving new sales through serviceChartered Quality Institute,

Prosper Learning’ Student Care Vision-Steve Gross-

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Dr. Nancy Wasson, Ph.D, and Lee Hefner are Helping Couples Have Better Marriages

Dr. Nancy Wasson, Ph.D, and Lee Hefner of Birmingham, Ala., have taken their Internet business to new heights. They have helped many families!

Dr. Wasson and Hefner, who are married, co-authored Keep Your Marriage: What to Do When Your Spouse Says “I don’t love you anymore!” and Wasson provides marriage coaching. The couple market their products on-line, and publish a web-based newsletter using the education and coaching support Prosper provided.

“Over the past several years, our newsletter has grown from nothing to having over 18,000 subscribers world-wide today. The great thing about our success is that we know we’re helping couples have better marriages,” said Hefner.

I have been reflecting on the last twenty years with my best friend and wife Julie , and I know and continue to learn that showing my love through my actions and remembering  say the words “I love you; I need you; I think you’re beautiful; I appreciate you; thank you” and you help me so much; you are such a great mom; you’re one of the most intelligent people I know.” I look forward to an eternity with Julie and my hope is all of my readers happiness in their relationships!

Humbly

Devin Willis

Related Resources

How to Stay in a Marriage When Times Are Tough-from EzineArticles.com written by Lee Hefner

How to Strengthen Your Marriage with Three Good Habits from EzineArticles.com written by Lee Hefner

Alabama Couple Reaches Wider Audience Thanks to Prosper-Provo, UT, June 26, 2008 —Jason Russell-Prosper Inc . Press Releases

Ethan Willis and E-strengths assessment helps Martial Artists- By JamesModern Kung fu-Total Combat!

One Minute Entrepreneur + Martial Arts business Could help By JamesModern Kung fu-Total Combat!

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I Love Talking with Our “Prosper Learning” Coaches!

Some Tips and Wisdom I found helpful!

I was talking to one of out coaches (@ Prosper Learning) and he refereed me to our success center . I found  a  great article “Manage Your Finances” that stated

“.. It sounds obvious but few people do it. Financial management is an ongoing, unending process. Start with the most fundamental elements; know your net worth and track where you money is going. These are both very simple tasks. Track every penny you spend. Use a day planner or spreadsheet or whatever is easiest for you. It is impossible to manage your finances if you don’t have the necessary information at hand. Your net worth is figured by simply totaling all of your assets (what you own) and subtracting all of your liabilities (what you owe). If your net worth is increasing month to month you are on the right track…”

Coach Gail Long  Posted the following

“…Just as the Boy Scouts have “Be Prepared” as a motto, we need to have a Prepared Pantry. This is not just for major disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or earthquakes; it can be as simple as an increase in gas prices, loss of a job, or even no overtime at your job. In these uncertain times it is necessary to build and maintain our pantries so we can always feed our families. It may not be their favorite meal, but no one wants their family members to go hungry. Each family is different and has unique food needs.
FEMA has lots of additional information on preparedness, for additional information from them go to
Are You Ready?
Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (IS-22) is FEMA’s most comprehensive source on individual, family, and community preparedness. The guide has been revised, updated, and enhanced in August 2004 to provide the public with the most current and up-to-date disaster preparedness information available.

In an article titled “Taking the Bite Out of Food Storage” (“Random Sampler,” Ensign, Mar. 1992, 72-73) four steps were listed to ease your way into a Prepared Pantry.

Step 1: Learn the basics of home storage. Doing so will save you time, money, and effort.
Step 2: Acquire an emergency supply of life-sustaining foods and water and store them properly.
Step 3: Build up your storage gradually. It’s amazing how fast storage shelves can fill up when you buy commodities in double quantities—for example, one can of beans for regular use, the other for storage
Step 4: Eat what you store and store what you eat. For more Tips

Resource:

Prosper Learning Personal Finance – written by The Prosper Financial coaches-These coaches have established a strong reputation for success by helping thousands of students learn effectively manage their personal finances and investments. The department currently has over 100 years of personal financial experience.

Prosper has assembled one of the most experienced, qualified financial coaching organizations in the world, and has made financial independence affordable for virtually every family in America. Prosper’s program combines interactive learning and veteran coaching to guide clients through the process of creating their unique Financial Independence Plan. Our coaches are more than cheerleaders. They are educators, advocates, and mentors of the mind. The proven principles we coach include the following areas

  • Goal Setting
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Risk Reduction
  • Accelerated Debt Elimination
  • Emergency Planning
  • Small Business Philosophy
  • Investment Planning
  • Tax Reduction
  • Retirement Planning
  • Creating Wills and Trusts
  • For more … http://blog.prosperlearning.com/financial/

Save Your Money in 5 Easy Steps
Five Tips to Saving Money

Prosper Learning coach Brice Hogan shared the following:

“…Marching your way to financial freedom takes a lot of discipline. So I want to impart some wisdom on how to keep a little more money in your wallet when you shop around for things.

Groceries

My wife says that I am the king at grocery shopping, and I am. That is because when I go I try to look for the best deals possible I bring a list and stick to it. Generally I go during the busiest time of the week which is either the weekends or on Mondays. These days the store will have a lot of discounted. So shop on the busiest days. Better Deals. Also if the store has a frequent shopper club join it and you can get additional discounts. The grocery store I shop at, if I purchase a certain amount I can get 5 to 10 cents of gas. These days it’s totally worth it.

Dollar Stores

If you have a dollar store in you area use it. I find it a good place to find household cleaning products, bathroom cleaner, laundry detergents, some food items. Take advantage of these places they also stock some name brand products so it can be an effective way to save on your budget.

Find your Coffee Factor

David Bach has an excellent book called Automatic Millionaire. In it he describes what is called a latte factor. This is basically a vice or habit you spend a lot of money on. It could be cigarettes, eating out, excessive shopping, etc… If you have a vice or habit you spend a lot of money on cut it out completely or scale it way back to save you some coin.

Reviewing Insurance Policies

A great way to save some money is to review your auto insurance. Just by increasing the deductible to a manageable amount you can save $5 – $10 a month and maybe more. So call your insurance agent up and ask.

Bundle Away

You can save a lot of money these days on tv/internet/phone bill by looking into bundles. Companies have made it cheaper for you to buy bundle packages. I have seen packages for $100 in some areas which can save you a lot of money in the long run for you.

These are just some tips that might be able to save you a little money during the month.

Resource:

5 Practical Steps to help Save You Money-April 3rd, 2008 | Category: Personal Finance-Prosper Learning Personal Finance – written by The Prosper Financial coaches-These coaches have established a strong reputation for success by helping thousands of students learn effectively manage their personal finances and investments. The department currently has over 100 years of personal financial experience.

Get out of Debt Slowly?

Micah Richards share’s the following insight “..Our main focus is to get out of debt, and take the next step in building our own financial independent. These are some huge goals, and will not be something we can do in a week, or even a month. We may even need to wait a month to see any results.

A good idea is to write down ten short time goals you can accomplish in one week. We need to focus these ten goals on items, habits, or struggles we are currently having with our personal finances.
Here are a few sample goals that will hopefully give you some more ideas of what types of goals we are looking for:

1) I will bring a sack lunch to work all week.

2) I will walk to any location I need to go, that is within 1 mile.

3) I will bring breakfast each morning to work.

4) I will go to the grocery store once!

5) I will avoid vending machines, and coke machines.

6) I will eat before I go shopping.

7) I will go through my fridge, and eat all the leftovers.

8) I will read one book on how to achieve financial freedom.

9) I will watch one program on how to achieve financial freedom.

10) I will listen to a financial guru, either on the internet or on CD.

The above examples are once again to get your mind thinking of what personalized goals you can use.

I have also included a very simple document to use. It is so simple, you do not need excel or another program to run. You can cut and paste it, and even print it. After you have completed the goal for a week, you check it off. You will see a difference in your spending habits, and also see a psychological difference that you believe more in yourself, and that you can achieve the longer goals of getting out of debt. Good luck, and have fun! After a few weeks, if you feel confident, change your goals to a month.

Number CHECKLIST OF 10 Weekly Goals Check when Completed

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Comments..”

For more great tips go to Prosper Learning  Personal Finance Blog-written by The Prosper Financial coaches-

I remember trying to figure out grants and hen it was explained to me by one of our mentors Dane here at Prosper Inc.. anyway I cacme across this post I thought would be helpful to anyone ! Most experts agree that a mentor helps us h avoid costly mistakes!

I really enjoyed author Grant Gary thoughts in his article. He wrote

“…Funding from grants is often at the core of a successful technology plan, but writing proposals requires a bit of magic and a lot of time. Grants can be a good way for educators to collaborate on building strong programs, but some creative thinking is also required. Here are eleven hints that can help you rake in the funds…”
#1 Find a brighter idea
#2 Get better organized
#3 Prepare an elevator spech
#4 Get a support group
#5 Set your watch
#6 Fill in the holes
#7 Judge for yourself
#8 If you got it, share it
#9 Known when to stop
#10 Make it a practice
#11 Party and give thanks”….For more tips click here

(Resource –The Better Ways to Win a Grant Gary A. Carnow from Tech&Learning)

I hope you find the tips helpful,

Devin Willis


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Over 100 Useful Resources for Entrepreneurs

. There are many resources online and I wanted to to share this valuble information. It is from Adnan who, is still in high school and I believe we he be doing great things soon!

As longtime entrepreneurs Ethan Willis and Randy Garn have  run Prosper Inc. with one simple objective: to celebrate its success of others!

Let me share some of Adnan’s list for you:

Communications / VoIP

The internet brings great opportunities to do business all with people from all around the world, and fortunately there are also a number of resources to help with the communication that is necessary. The resources here will allow you to communicate inexpensively with others:

    1. Skype – Free calls over the internet to other people on Skype for as long as you like.
    2. Vonage – Leading provider of VoIP internet broadband telephone services.
    3. Gizmo – Low cost international calling and free calls to users on Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, Windows Live users and SIP networks.
    4. Vonics Digital – Plans start at $12.99 per month.
    5. VoipBuster – Free program that uses the latest technology to bring free and high-quality voice communications to people all over the world.
    6. SunISP – VoIP Plans

Finding Funding

Many entrepreneurs will need some type of funding for their ventures. If this is the case for you, these resources may be helpful. Locating potential funding sources can be a bit easier be taking advantage of the resources that are available:

1. GoBigNetwork – Angel investor network/venture capital.
2. Fundability – Puts your company in front of qualified and interested investors.
3. Find That Money – Formidable presence in consumer finance.
4. Venture Deal – Venture capital database.
5. American Capital Advance – Fast Business Loans.
6. Financing: Where to Find It

For the full list click here

Enjoy!

Devin Willis

Resource

101 Useful Resources for Online Entrepreneurs March 10th, 2008 ·Blogtrepreneur.com

10 Social Networks for Entrepreneurs -May 13th, 2008 · Blogtrepreneur.com

Gaebler VenturesResources for Entrepreneursassembled some great resources for entrepreneurs and are constantly updating our entrepreneurial resources so check back frequently.(http://www.gaebler.com/)


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