You only need these 3 things for an online business yet many miss out


onlinep-business-3-things-online-business-needs-1An online business isn’t that complicated. You only need to accomplish 3 things, yet I see many people not able to keep up. Here are the 3 things you need — and I’ll explain each in more detail:

  1. An audience
  2. A relationship with your audience
  3. Offers to put in front of your audience


It doesn’t sound so hard, does it? But I see online entrepreneurs having problems with all 3 areas. This is important because if you miss the mark in any one area, you won’t have a thriving business.

Look for the links in each section, because I’ll give you resources to help you throughout.

Problem #1: Not building your audience

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by Ellen Finkelstein

5 steps to quickly create relationships with potential partners


Partnering is important in your business. You can’t grow it alone. But how do you get to know people so you can work with them?

You should be developing relationships all the time. Try to have 1-2 partnership meetings a week, preferably video meetings. Not all will work out, but a few will be the basis for growing your business.

This post isn’t about what you need to have in place to be ready to partner. That’s something else. No, this is about how to quickly create relationships once you’re ready.

You probably know who they are. They’re the well-known people in your field — and the not-so-well-known ones, too. Some of them are your competitors and that’s OK. But to find more, just Google what you would Google to find yourself. For example, online business coach, holistic health coach, time-management speaker, etc.

Then make a list of people you want to get to know.

Here are the 5 steps…

1. Subscribe to their newsletter

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by Ellen Finkelstein

Want to grow your list? Here’s why you might be doing it all wrong


Or, how I added 301 people to my list last

I just did a survey of my subscribers.

(If you didn’t take it, please do so here and then come back, because it’s a way for me to know what’s important to you. And you can ask questions and I might answer them in a blog post. I’ve already done that twice.)

In the survey I ask what’s important to you. Here are some of the results so far:

  • Grow my subscriber & social media lists: 70% say this is Very Important, the highest percentage of any of the options
  • Learn how to hold events (such as webinars): 46% say this is Very Important
  • Learn how to partner with others: 28% say this is Very Important,, the lowest percentage of any of the options

What’s wrong here?

What’s wrong is that events and partnerships are the best way to grow your list. So if you think that growing your list is important, then you should think that events and partnerships are just as important.

And if you don’t, that’s probably why you’re probably trying to do it all wrong.

It’s possible that the people who think list building is so important already know how to hold events and partner with others, my guess is that they just don’t realize how important those activities are.

How I added 301 people to my list last week

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by Ellen Finkelstein

Grow Your Online Business: Day 12 (Ultimate Blog Challenge) Grow your list quickly


online-business-lists-grow-quickly-1If you have a great website, including an enticing free download, your list will grow, but slowly. This is especially true when you’re just starting out. It can be hard to get traction at first. And that’s frustrating!

So here are some ways you can speed up the process.

Before I start, let me say that one of the most powerful ways to grow your list is through partnerships and events.Those are the topics of the last week of this course.

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by Ellen Finkelstein

Are you ready to partner with other entrepreneurs?


online-business-are-you-ready-to-partner-1Your business will grow faster when you partner with others, but are you ready?

In the past 3-4 months, I’ve spoken with 5 or 6 people who agreed to a conversation with me about partnering. Sometimes they took the initiative; sometimes I did. But there was an agreement that we would talk about partnering.

But when we spoke, it became clear that they weren’t all ready to partner, so we had to put off working together. That was frustrating for me. Here’s what you need to have in place before you can partner with others: Read More

by Ellen Finkelstein