How To Create Your Own Website With WordPress

How To Create Your Own Website With WordPress

How to Create Your Own Website (It’s Easy!)

If I were writing this guide 10 years ago (or even 5!), it would be super loooong and complicated with a gazillion steps on how to create web pages, use HTML to code things, and use Photoshop to create a logo and graphics.

Lucky for you, this isn’t 10 years ago. It’s TODAY and it’s actually super easy to create your own website!

There are a lot of different platforms you can use including Wix, Weebly and Squarespace, to name a few. BUT, I don’t recommend any of those. They’re easy enough to start with but super limited when it comes to design and functionality options and you’ll end up very frustrated, very quickly.

So instead, I always tell people to use WordPress! It’s a free platform (you will need to pay for hosting – more info on that below) and it lets you do anything and everything with the design and usability of your site.

Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to create your own website THIS week (and have it look like a pro did it).

Step #1: Choose your website name

Your website name will be your domain name (like www.mywebsitename.com).

Choosing a name often trips up newbies, but it doesn’t have to be complicated! Here are a few dos & don’ts for choosing a website name:

  • DO: Use your business name. If you already have a business, this is the obvious choice.
  • DO: Use a name that describes your website topic or audience. This helps make it crystal clear what your site is all about. My site – SmartMomBlogger.com – uses this method.
  • DO: Use your own name. This is a great choice if you are a coach, consultant, or want to establish a personal brand. Here are a few websites that use this method: MarieForleo.com and ChrisPowell.com
  • DON’T: Use numbers, dashes, or alternate spellings in your blog domain name. This makes it hard for people to remember or type your domain name (or even get it right in the first place).
  • DON’T: Be too clever or cutesy. Even though you may “get it”, someone else might not. It’s too confusing and can make people feel like they’re not “part of the club”.

Step #2: Set up a self-hosted website

Alright – here we go! In this step, you’ll be setting up your hosting account and installing WordPress. If you’re not tech-savvy, don’t worry! It’s a lot easier than it sounds & I’ll walk you through it all, step-by-step.

Every website requires hosting in order to be “live” on the internet. Don’t worry too much about the technical details – just follow along with the screenshots and instructions below and you’ll be on your way!

Set up your hosting

Click here to get set up with website hosting from Siteground. While you can use whichever hosting provider you choose (there are hundreds available), I use and recommend Siteground because they’re super affordable, reliable, and have excellent customer service. You can get start your own blog for just $3.95 per month.

Select the StartUp plan

It’s the cheapest and will work great for a new website. You can upgrade later if needed if your business or website traffic grows, but for now, the StartUp plan is perfect.

Choose or transfer website domain name

Enter your website name (from Step #1) right here! If you already have a domain name that you purchased somewhere else already (like GoDaddy), just click the “I already have a Domain” option and SiteGround will transfer it to your account for free (another reason why I love them!).

Enter account info and payment details

Next, you’ll need to enter your account details and credit card information. Be sure to pay attention to the options at the bottom and check/uncheck the upgrades as desired.

Unlike many other hosting providers, SiteGround discounts apply to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign-up process, which is a great bonus (most other hosting providers only apply the discounts to the longest sign-up periods, costing you unnecessary extra upfront expenses).

Step #3: Install WordPress on your new hosting account

Once you’ve created your hosting account, it’s time to actually install your website. In this step, you’ll install WordPress on your new hosting account. The really cool part about this is that SiteGround does it for you for free! It’s yet another reason I use and recommend them.

Just contact SiteGround via chat after you set up your hosting account and let them know you’d like their free WordPress website installation service on your new hosting account. They’ll be happy to do it for you and you can save yourself the time and hassle of doing it yourself (especially if you’re not techie). You’ll get an email once it’s completed (typically in under 48 hours).

If you want to do it yourself instead, you can just select the “WordPress” option from your cPanel once you log in to your new account (will look like the screenshot below), and follow the on-screen prompts.

Once you get word from SiteGround that your site has been installed, that means your new blog is LIVE!

Step #4: Choose a Design Theme

Once you view your new website, you’ll see that it has a basic look or “design” to it. This is called a “theme” and you can change it to look like whatever you want!

WordPress has thousands of free and premium designs to choose from, and you can try several out to see what matches the overall style and feel you want for your business.

To access all the themes and back-end “dashboard” area of your website, you can log in at www.yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin (just add the /wp-admin after your website name in the url). You’ll also get an email from SiteGround with this info, so make sure you file it away so you can access it whenever you need it.

Once inside your dashboard, you’ll see a menu on the left side with all your options. Click Appearance > Themes > Add New to view and test different designs.

This is the fun part! Don’t obsess over things or try to make it perfect (not gonna happen anyway), but give yourself some time – a couple hours or so – to play around with designs and customize your website to look awesome.

If you need to find stunning imagery for your website, try a site like Pexels or Pixabay which have thousands of free, high-quality images.

Step #5: Publish & Publicize!

Once you’ve found a design you love and have all your website copy dialed in, it’s time to publish that design! Go you! It looks fab 😉

And don’t forget to share your new pro-looking website with the world! Here are a few ways you can publicize your website and business:

  • Email your list
  • Share on your social media
  • Use Facebook ads
  • Create Pins for Pinterest
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Spread the word in person to friends, family and acquaintances

After all, the whole “If you build it they will come” concept works great in the movies, but not so much on the world wide web. You’ve gotta get the word out!

Conclusion

If you’re wondering how to create your own website or are intimidated by the thought of it – don’t be! By following the steps outlined above you can absolutely do this.

If you have questions or need help, let me know in the comments below.

If you found this guide helpful, please share on Facebook or Pinterest! When my readers share my content, my blog grows. I’m so grateful!

 

5 Best Affiliate Programs to Boost Your Blog Income

5 Best Affiliate Programs to Boost Your Blog Income

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Want easy-access to 5 passive income affiliate programs to boost your blog income? You’re in the right place – read on!

Blogging is fun and all, but at some point you’re going to want to actually some make money at it, am I right?

So let’s get rolling with some Affiliate Marketing! IMHO, it’s the #1 best place to start because it’s super low-hassle and low maintenance.

No products to create or store, no services to provide (huge time suck!), no customer service to provide and no need for huge amounts of traffic.

You just need to create helpful, value-packed content (read: not sales-ey) that clearly explains the benefits of the product, and be sure to use your affiliate link so you get the commission. This content can be in the form of blog posts, tutorials, emails, social media posts, videos or anything else you can think up!

>> Also Read: 5 Super Simple Ways Mom Bloggers Can Make Money With Affiliate Marketing

Here’s a short list of some of the best affiliate programs to boost your blog income:

Each of the 5 programs below can be applied to many different blog niches and have at least 20% (or $25) commission! Be sure to download your free $100 Affiliate Marketing Cheat Sheet to use the profit equation to easily plan, calculate and predict your income!

1. CreativeLive Affiliate Program

CreativeLive is an online platform that hosts tons of top-quality classes taught by experts in their field. From family photography to online business to personal growth and so much more, there is something for almost everyone.

Program Highlights: 

  • 20% commission on new customer purchases
  • 10% commission on return customer purchases
  • $1 lead payout for every new member registration (this means when someone signs up top their free email list, you still get paid!)
  • 30-day tracking cookie
  • Large selection of text links and banners
  • Newsletters with program updates, promotions, contests and incentive opportunities

SIGN UP FOR CREATIVELIVE AFFILIATE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW >>

 

2. Craftsy Affiliate Program

Craftsy is an online platform for creatives, aspiring creatives, and families who want to encourage a culture of exploration and creativity. From physical products like project kits for kids and baking supplies, to craft, creative and family online classes, Craftsy is a perfect affiliate program for Family/Parenting Bloggers and Craft/Creative Bloggers.

Program Highlights: 

  • 75% of first-time class or DVD purchases by new customers
  • 15% of class or DVD purchase by existing customers
  • 15% of physical product purchases by new customers
  • 4% of physical product purchases by existing customers
  • $5 Bluprint trial signup (similar to the CreativeLive program above, you get paid even when someone signs up for free)
  • $15 Bluprint monthly membership signup

SIGN UP FOR THE CRAFTSY AFFILIATE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW >>

 

3. Ultimate Bundles Affiliate Program

Ultimate Bundles is a unique resource that offers huge digital bundles on a range of topics including parenting, homemaking, blogging, photography, healthy living, essential oils, handmade crafting, and meal planning

Program Highlights:

  • 40% commission on every bundle sold through your unique link
  • Most bundles are only available once a year, so there’s a built-in sense of urgency when you tell your readers about them (increases sales)
  • Huge value for your readers since the bundles are 90%-98% off the retail price of the products
  • Top-quality affiliate marketing training built right in. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest perks to the program: they give you access to an entire course on affiliate marketing including videos, swipe files, email templates and more.

SIGN UP FOR THE ULTIMATE BUNDLES AFFILIATE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW >>

 

4. Ebates Affiliate Program

Ebates is a website that pays you cashback on purchases you make online and is a perfect to promote to your readers if you are a budget, lifestyle or mom blogger.

Program Highlights:

  • You get $25 for every qualifying referral you send through your affiliate link
  • You gift your readers with $10 automatically when they sign up through your link
  • Vacation Giveaways for affiliates! As of this email, the current giveaway is the Maui Prize Package and includes Roundtrip airfare for 4 (up to $4,000 value), a 5-night stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani ($4,000 value), Roundtrip transportation to and from airport, and Food and entertainment stipend!

SIGN UP FOR THE EBATES AFFILIATE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW >>
**When you sign up for an Ebates account, you automatically get access to your unique affiliate link. Just go to the “Refer & Earn” link at the top of the page.

 

5. Elite Marketing Pro Affiliate Program

Elite Marketing Pro is an online training program for people who are doing (or want to do) a Network Marketing business (eg. Arbonne, DoTerra, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, etc.). It teaches them how to generate leads and sales online so they don’t have to harass friends and family to try and grow their business.

Program Highlights:

  • 20% – 70% commission on every sale (depending on which affiliate level you are)
  • Lots of free resources and training you can offer your readers that lead right into a sales funnel for effortless sales.
  • Residual income potential. This perk is HUGE! This means that you get recurring commissions month-after-month on autopilot.

To sign up for the Elite Marketing Pro affiliate program, you first need to be a customer, but the entry-level product is only $27 so it’s definitely worth it if you have an audience of readers who are interested in starting a side-hustle or working from home since the commissions are so generous and you get recurring income every month.

SIGN UP FOR THE ELITEMARKETINGPRO AFFILIATE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW ($27 purchase required) >>>

 

And that’s a wrap! You may not be able to use ALL of these affiliate programs on your blog, but I’m willing to bet that at least ONE of them will work for you!

And that’s really where you should start anyhow… with ONE affiliate program. If you try to incorporate a gazillion affiliate programs into your blog all at once, it’s going to get confusing and overwhelming… to you AND your readers.

💡 Also… the best thing that can happen to a bad idea is that it’s forgotten. The best thing that can happen to a good idea is that it’s shared. If you liked this post, I’d be so grateful if you shared it on Pinterest, Facebook or however you like to share good ideas best!

 

Best affiliate marketing programs for new bloggers to boost income! Can apply to many different niches :)

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87 Best “Consumable Product” Network Marketing Companies for Moms

87 Best “Consumable Product” Network Marketing Companies for Moms

IMPORTANT: If you want to learn how I’m growing my own network marketing business ONLINE and getting leads from the internet (instead of constantly hounding my friends and family), you should grab this free “Attraction Marketing Bootcamp”.

If you’re looking to make money from home or start your own home-based business, Network Marketing is a fantabulous option.

(Super quick side note: Network Marketing businesses are also sometimes referred to as “Multi Level Marketing”, “Direct Sales Business”, “MLM” or “Social Marketing Business”.)

And as much as I’m obsessed with Blogging and Affiliate Marketing to make money from home, Network Marketing has nudged its way in as one of my favorite “side hustle” ideas for busy moms.

Here’s my quick story on why I started a Network Marketing business.

Here are just a few reasons why:

  • Work on your own schedule, as much or as little as you want
  • Low start-up costs (most are under $100 to start)
  • Get “on the job” training in marketing and business while you earn
  • Start making money right away
  • Time leveraged business model (no more trading hours for dollars)
  • Become surrounded by a community of ambitious people that elevate your life
  • No cap on earning potential (make as much as you want)
  • The ability to make a real impact on others’ lives through training and mentorship

There are SO MANY more advantages and life benefits to owning a network marketing business, and as I write this quick list above it makes me realize that I need to write a whole blog post on it (“Why Every Busy Mom NEEDS To Start a Network Marketing Business”… working title ;)).

Okay, that’s a post for another day. If you’re reading this I’m going to assume you already WANT to start a Network Marketing business, or are at least curious and interested, so I’ll move on to the good stuff!

I’ve combed through a BUNCH of different companies (hundreds!) and compiled this list of what I feel to be the 87 absolute best network marketing companies for moms. (I also made a downloadable PDF for you so you can reference it anytime… just sign up to get it for free below 🙂

I chose the below as the “best Network Marketing Companies” for 2 reasons:

1. Consumable Product Line

If you’re starting a product-based business, you want a consumable product line. All this means is that once someone runs out of something, they’re going to need to buy more. These are things like skin care, nutrition, and cosmetics (as opposed to things like jewelry, handbags or kitchenware).

If you start a consumable product network marketing business, you will earn residual income as people continually re-order more products month after month. In my opinion, this is really the only way to go if you’re looking to get the most profit out of the time you put in to your business.

I’d also highly recommend choosing a company that gives you your own website that people can purchase products directly from so you don’t have to carry any inventory. Most forward-thinking network marketing companies are operated this way these days, so this shouldn’t be hard to find.

2. Relevant Product Line

Since 99% of my readers are moms (not an actual statistic, but probably spot on), the network marketing companies I chose are ones with products that I feel most moms would be interested in.

For example, skin care, essential oils, food-based products, nutrition, and health and wellness as opposed to body-building supplements or legal services. Not that there aren’t some moms that are in to that stuff (cooler moms than me for sure), but I tried to keep it generally applicable to the majority of moms.

And even with that said, a few made it on to the list that aren’t particularly “mom-ish” but that looked too cool to leave off (like a Jerky company and a Pet products company). Okay, let’s jump in!

 READ THIS NEXT: “Finally, An Easy Way To Recruit – Rejection FREE – Without Wasting Your Time & Money Chasing Down Prospects & Leads” (How to use the internet to generate leads + a Cool Method to Get Leads & Prospects to Call YOU.

87 Best Network Marketing Companies for Moms

As noted below, I am a consultant for and personally recommend Arbonne and Monat. I have not researched each brand on this list in depth and, as always, please do your own research before joining any business opportunity.

Aihu: healing skincare and body products.

Aloette Cosmetics, Inc.: scientifically based skin care and makeup.

Amway-Quixtar: health and wellness products.

Arbonne: the #1 global brand for healthy living inside and out. Sells botanically-based beauty and nutrition products.

**I am an Arbonne consultant and currently accepting new team members. If you’d like to join my team and receive personal coaching and training from me, click here to sign up. Then click > About Arbonne > Your Opportunity > Start Your Arbonne Business Today (green button).

Avon: Beauty, anti-aging skincare, fragrances.

Beauty Counter: chic, safe and effective beauty products.

Beauty Society: skincare line offering the “treasure not trash refill program”, with refillable items sold at 15% – 30% savings.

Become Beauty: anti-aging cosmeceutical skin care products.

Black Box Cosmetics: bath, body, and skincare products.

Body Wise: meal replacement shakes and nutritional products.

Celadon Road: high-quality natural, eco-friendly products for everyday needs.

Daisy Blue Naturals: natural bath and body products.

Direct Cellars: Wine club. Delivers new wines each month.

doTERRA: essential oils.

EVER: botanically-based skincare products. A Stella & Dot family brand.

Forever Living: health & wellness products, essential oils.

For You: hair, body, skin and nutritional products

Forever Green:  natural energy drinks.

H2O at Home: natural home care products, organic personal care products, natural home fragrance.

Herbalife: Weight loss products

Homemade Gourmet: gourmet food products.

Isagenix: healthy weight loss products.

It Works: weight loss body wraps.

Jafra: cosmetics and beauty products.

Jamberry Nails: nail wraps as well and nail lacquer.

Java Momma: organic fairtrade coffee, loose leaf tea, cocoa, and accessories.

Jerky Direct: beef jerky.

Jeunesse: Anti-aging skincare and supplements

Jordan Essentials: bath and body products.

Kyani: a superfood juice.

L’BRI Pure N’ Natural: natural aloe vera skin care products.

Life Force: nutritional supplements.

Mannatech: nutritional supplements.

Mary Kay: cosmetics, skin and body products.

Metrin: skin care products.

Modere: Clean & cruelty-free health, wellness, nutrition, supplements, household and personal care products.

Modicare: laundry, auto, and personal and home care products.

MONAT Global: first and only anti-aging, naturally-based hair care products.

***I am a Monat consultant and currently accepting new team members. If you’d like to join my team and receive personal coaching and training from me, click here to sign up.

Nature’s Sunshine: health and wellness products.

Nerium International: science-based skincare products.

Nikken: wellness products.

Noevir: skincare, haircare, body care and cosmetics.

Norwex: environmentally friendly cleaning products and personal care products.

NuSkin: skin-care products.

NYR Organic: organic haircare, body, cosmetics, aromatherapy, herbal remedies and more.

pawTree: pet food seasonings, food, supplements and accessories.

PeoplesWay: wellness products.

Plexus: all-natural, healthy solutions to help people lose weight.

Pola: cosmetics, skin, hair, and body care products.

Princess House: products for your home.

Pure Haven Essentials: safe personal care products.

RBC Life Sciences: nutritional supplements and natural personal care products.

Reliv: nutritional products.

Rodan + Fields: dermatology based skincare for men, women, and teens. From the creators of Proactiv©.

Saba: smart coffee, appetite control and energy supplements.

SeneGence International: long-lasting cosmetics. Best known for lip color.

Shaklee.com: wellness products.

Simply Aroma: essential oils.

SkinnyBodyCare: all natural weight loss supplements.

Soul Purpose: bath and body products.

Spa Sensations: spa products for the home.

Sportron International Inc: wellness products.

Steeped Tea: loose leaf tea, gourmet mixes, and food accessories.

Sunrider: health and beauty products.

Sweet Minerals: all natural, mineral-based makeup and skin care products.

SwissJust Corporation: natural Swiss products for body and mind.

Tahitian Noni: wellness juice, skin care, essential oils.

Tealightful Treasures: gourmet teas and food mixes.

The Gourmet Cupboard: gourmet food mixes and coffee.

Thrive Life: food, seasonings, sauces, snacks, beverages, and more.

THRIVE W: wellness supplements.

Traveling Vineyard: wine.

TriVita sells herbs and nutritional supplements.

Unicity International sells nutritional, personal care and wellness products.

Usana: Nutrition, weight management, energy and skincare products.

Valentus sells health and vitality supplements and drinks.

Via ONE Hope: mission centered company selling wine and other gourmet products with donations to charities for each product.

ViSalus (Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge) sells weight loss and fitness products.

Watkins Online sells home care and personal care items.

Willing Beauty is a direct sales company for young girls. They sell healthy skincare products and makeup.

Wine Shop at Home: wine and wine accessories.

YOR Health: nutritional products and supplements.

Young Living: essential oils, nutrition, and personal care products.

Youngevity: health and wellness, beauty, and food products.

Younique: makeup and accessories.

YPCK: pet treats, food, toys, gear, and spa products.

Zermat International, LLC: skincare, body care, and makeup.

Zrii: wellness, skincare, and liquid nutritional supplements.

And there you have it! My picks for the 87 best Network Marketing companies for moms. I’d love to hear which company you decide to partner with… let me know in the comments and let’s chat network marketing!

👇This is the training I’m following to grow my business online, and I HIGHLY recommend it!👇

 

How To Become An Insanely Self-Disciplined Person

How To Become An Insanely Self-Disciplined Person

“Disciplined people are more successful and happy”. Agree or disagree? We’ll come back to that…

Want to know how to become insanely self-disciplined? Your lack of discipline and ability to get things done is part of your creative "think big" personality, but there are tricks to becoming extremely self-disciplined! Check out this science-backed article about how to become insanely disciplined so you can FINALLY finish what you start and reach your BIG goals!

Have you ever set a goal, gotten all excited and motivated, committed to it with every fiber of your being (Yes I WILL lose 20 pounds… Yes I WILL learn to play the guitar this year… Yes I WILL start and grow a profitable blog)… then gave up when the fire died, or it got too hard, or it took too long, or someone told you you couldn’t do it?

Has that happened to you more than once? Does it feel like it keeps happening to you?

If so, I soooo feel you.

I mean, I set SMART goals, plan it all out on paper and put it all into my calendar down to the last nitty-gritty detail.

But then I feel like I have to FIGHT SO HARD to NOT give up on my goals. I go through seasons of total unstoppable fire and then other seasons of feeling tired, bored, lazy and like my goals are silly and I should just watch Netflix instead.

What’s with this?! It’s frustrating, isn’t it?

We really want this thing. Not just kind of, but really really REALLY want it. So why the heck do we keep giving up?!

Turns out, it comes down to one word: DISCIPLINE.

Because the big secret I realized is this: MOTIVATION doesn’t last. I wish it did, because oh mama, doesn’t it feel like you’re on an amazing high when you’re motivated?!

You feel like you can take on the world! You feel like you can make a million bucks! You feel like you can walk into any room and OWN IT.

But then, you wake up the next day after a long night with a sick baby, and out of the corner of your eye you catch the huge pile of laundry staring at you from the open hall closet, and all of a sudden all of your fiery motivation is shot to hell.

Too dramatic? Nah, I think you feel me.

“Yeah, that’s great Candis. Glad you had this epiphany and all”, you’re saying, “but I already know I need to be more disciplined. I’m just… NOT.”

Okay, I hear you. I totally get it. Me neither. But we ain’t dead yet, sister!

What we are not yet, we can still become.

Once upon a time, scientists believed that our brains – and therefore our personalities, traits, habits and preferences – were hard-wired after childhood, unable to grow or change. But in recent decades, scientists and psychologists have discovered that our brains can continue to grow and change throughout our lives as a result of our interactions with our environment.

This concept is called “neuroplasticity”, and in short, it means we can change our habits and traits if we want to! We are not destined to stay in this seemingly endless cycle of motivation-rut-motivation-rut. Studies show that there’s a legitimate trick to getting yourself unstuck:

You need to set up a SYSTEM for your success.

In the eye-opening article “How to Motivate Yourself”, Stanford Behavior Scientist, BJ Fogg, shares that motivation comes in waves. We shouldn’t RELY on motivation alone, but instead leverage it to act right away in setting up a SYSTEM so we can be successful even when it fades:

“We should assume that our “future self” is going to be lazy with no motivation. We need to set up systems to make achieving our goals as easy as possible — even when our motivation is low.” For example, I was trying to form a gym habit. I’d get up in the morning planning to go, but after a few minutes decide not to. I discovered that if I put my gym clothes and my shoes next to my bed, I would put them on first thing and by that point, I “might as well” just go.

And this is what brings me to Shelby.

When I found myself stalling in my new business, constantly trying new strategies halfheartedly and whisking from one new tactic to the next without following through, I turned to my teammate Shelby Putnam.

From the moment I met her, it was clear that Shelby was an insanely disciplined person. Like WHOA disciplined.

She had her health and business goals down and took DAILY action in her business.

Just check out her transformation from our 30-Day Healthy Living program:

Pretty freaking remarkable, right?!

And even though the healthy living program is designed to make weight loss as easy as possible, the plain truth is that not everyone sticks with it. You don’t get these kinds of results unless you are committed and disciplined.

I mean, how many times have you sworn to yourself that you were going to eat healthy only to throw in the towel when hubby brought home Magnum chocolate ice cream bars? Ahem, not that that’s ever happened to me. Okay, maybe it has… moving on.

What’s more, Shelby was swiftly promoted to the next level in the business within months after starting and her business is exploding more and more every time we meet up or chat.

This month, she’s in the TOP 10 on our whole team (among hundreds of people) for personal sales and recruiting! That’s just crazy, y’all. I mean, I’m a California girl born and raised and I just said “y’all”. That’s gotta show you how impressed I am.

I mean, this girl has it figured out.

So a couple weeks ago I reached out to her and begged her to let me in on her secrets! Seriously, I left her an out-of-the-blue voice message on Voxer and was like, “Girl, tell me how you’re so freaking disciplined! Share your hacks, tips and secrets!”

(Well, the actual message was like 5 minutes long because I ramble, but that was the gist.)

And let me tell you! She dropped some knowledge bombs, ah-ha revelations, and tough love straight-talk.

Turns out this powerhouse was a 5x National Champion gymnast on the USA team and had the virtue of discipline instilled in her from a very young age.

Her tips were so helpful to me personally that I asked her if she’d let me share them with all of you! And of course she said yes, because she’s awesome like that (video interview below).

And you wanna know the really crazy thing? All of the 5 discipline hacks she shares lead to the same conclusion that the science shows: if you lack self-discipline, you need to set up a SYSTEM for yourself to succeed.

“Yeah, but how the heck do you DO THAT?? I mean, what, specifically, do you mean by setting up a system?”, you’re asking.

Watch our interview below to hear from Shelby herself. You can also scroll down below the video to get the bullet-points.

Okay, without further ado, get ready for some game-changing life advice!

Shelby is an Independent Consultant with Arbonne and an inspirational powerhouse! To connect with her, hit her up on Instagram and check out her health & wellness website here.

1. Map it out and Set It Up

For her 30-day healthy living challenge, Shelby wrote out on her physical calendar her entire 30 days of shakes, meals and workouts ahead of time.

She also put out all of the products she needed and set up a meal delivery service for her family so she wouldn’t be tempted at the grocery store or when cooking things she couldn’t eat. This will look different for you depending on your goals, resources and weaknesses, but basically you need to set up your environment for success.

2. Positive Self-Talk

“I am a huge self-talker and I think it makes a huge difference in my discipline. Every morning when I wake up, I tell myself that I love myself, my body is beautiful, I got this, and I can do this. Even if I don’t feel this way, I say it. Because when I say it, it makes me believe it.”

Sound to foo-foo for you? Thing is, we all talk to ourselves whether we like to believe it or not:

“We all hold internal conversations as we go through our days, and sometimes our nights. Psychologists have identified one important type of these inner monologues as “self-talk,” in which you provide opinions and evaluations on what you’re doing as you’re doing it. When this is upbeat and self-validating, the results can boost your productivity. However, when the voice is critical and harsh, the effect can be emotionally crippling.” – Psychology Today

So Shelby’s not the only one who’s discovered the effectiveness of this practice. Psychological studies have shown that constructive self-talk is correlated with higher performance, improved creativity, better leadership and overall improved happiness and self-esteem.

3. Have Visual Cues: Positive Notes and Visual Goals

To keep herself motivated to stick with the healthy living program, Shelby left notes of encouragement for herself around her calendar, work area, mirrors and pretty much all over her house!

To keep herself progressing daily in her business, she has her next-level business goals posted in plain sight, along with her income producing activities for each day.

4. Accountability Partner

“Honestly, one of the biggest things that helped me was that I literally checked in with Jessica (our team leader) every.single.day. I’d Vox her and say, “Hey Jessica! I did this today for my 30 days! I did my 2 teas! I did my shakes! I did this! I did that!”. So I think having that person to check in with every day helped to solidify it in my brain. I knew I’d have to check in and give a report.”

And she’s not wrong. The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that if you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed to, your chances for success goes up to 95%! Now that’s just downright cray-cray.

(I can attest to this in my own experience as well. My year-long journey to losing 38 pounds after baby #4 only worked because I had an accountability partner to work out with every day until it became a habit. My latest burst in business development and writing consistency? A result of a 21-day accountability challenge a teammate and I agreed on. And this very article you’re reading on my blog only got finished because I had an appointment with Shelby to do the interview and I told her I’d have the outline done before our interview. Accountability is where it’s at!).

5. Make the Decision

“Lastly, when I make up my mind, I make up my mind. When I decide I’m going to do something, I go all in and go for it.”

You might be tempted to dismiss this last one as fluffy, but it’s absolutely essential.

In fact, it’s so important that business and network marketing mogul, Eric Worre, cites this as the #1 “secret” or thing that determines success:

“Success starts with making a decision. A decision that you are going pro, a decision that you are going to the top no matter what. And that decision starts with you and your commitment to becoming a professional. A decision that says “No matter the set backs I might face and no matter the challenge, I am going to the top.”

So make your decision. What will you accomplish? Decide which outcome you want, work your butt off to get it, and keep your promise to yourself every.single.day.

So let’s bring this all back around. Are disciplined people happier and more successful? Study upon study shows that it’s true.

But at the very least, you can use the virtue of discipline in your own life to FINALLY reach your goals, whatever they may be.

So tell me… what’s your current BIG goal? Let me know in the comments below.

Don’t have one yet? Then you MUST watch this 2-minute video… and then read my last 3 sentences below the video.

After watching this, I bet you feel so motivated and fired up for life and big goals and dreams that you feel like you can take on the world!

But you know that won’t last, right? So right now – in this moment – take the 5 tips you learned above on how to become insanely disciplined and go write out your #1 goal, make a plan, and set up a SYSTEM so you can’t lose.

YOU’RE WORTH IT.

P.S. Yes, I joined a Network Marketing company! Adding another stream of income to my blog 😉 LOVE network marketing for us busy mom bloggers, so let me know if you have any questions about it!

How To Make Money As An Arbonne Consultant

How To Make Money As An Arbonne Consultant

I was curious about the Arbonne business opportunity and how to become an Arbonne consultant to make money from home, and this is a great post! It covers how to start, how you get paid, and how to run your business without pestering your friends and family. I LOVE this approach SO MUCH!

Are you a busy mama who wants to be able to start a home-based business in the nooks and crannies of your day to make money from home?

Then joining Arbonne as an Independent Consultant is a great option! You can start with literally ZERO experience and start making money from home within your first month.

How? Simply put, the moment you start your Arbonne business you have an entire team of positive, successful people with a vested interest in seeing you succeed as fast as possible. If you start to see success early on, the momentum will carry you on and fuel your continued business growth. You can build your business offline (traditional way) or online (internet marketing, blogging & social media).

With a consumable product line that’s in high demand, it’s easy to make sales without being “salesy”. (Take special note of the word “consumable” in that last sentence… we’ll talk about how important that is in just a minute.)

Read Next: 87 Best Consumable Product Network Marketing Companies For Moms

But first, I wanted to share a bit with you about my journey and the reason I decided to write this post. Ever since I became a consultant myself, I get a TON of questions about the business and how to get started!

The truth is, I started my Arbonne “business” simply because I really admired the women who first told me about it. I had been using the botanically-based products myself for about 6 months, but I was already really busy as a stay-at-home-mom of 4 young kids (2 still in diapers) as well as running my own blog… I couldn’t fathom adding any more to my already crazy schedule! But they assured me that this was the kind of business that I could fit into the “nooks and crannies” of my day, so I decided to give it a go.

Plus, I was at a place in my life where I was actively pursuing personal development, and I knew that one of the best ways to increase my own success was to surround myself with ambitious, successful people.

(Blogging is great for that too, but can get pretty lonely behind a computer screen! Arbonne gave me real-life friends that I am so so SO grateful for ❤).

My intention was to just do the business casually to earn a side income and I wasn’t really thinking about pursuing the business in a serious way. But once I jumped in I was immediately was surrounded by an army of positive, supportive, ambitious go-getters and I saw how simple it was to go big if I had the right mindset. I was completely inspired to action!

Should I Become an Arbonne Consultant?

So you know why I became an Arbonne consultant, but you may be wondering if it’s right for you and some of the benefits. Here are a few key points for you to consider when making your decision:

  • You don’t need to carry ANY inventory. You get your own website that people can buy directly from.
  • You can start making a profit in your first month if you have the right guidance (see below)
  • It’s a consumable product line. This means the products in the Arbonne line are things people already use in their day-to-day life and will NEED again and again (this is business 101 and SO important for effortless ongoing sales)!
  • It’s a GLOBAL business operating in 7 different countries. This means that even when you’re sleeping, people in Australia can be buying from your website.
  • You get built-in business training and support from your sponsor so you’re not wasting time or “guessing” at how to grow your business
  • Personal growth and friends! It can be really hard to make friends if you’re a stay-at-home-mom or a mom who’s busy working outside the home. Arbonne is a short-cut to making deep friendships with people who will lift you up, encourage you and support you (this is the #1 reason I joined).
  • You can truly fit it into the little pockets of time in your day (how much time do you spend scrolling Facebook or watching TV? Be honest! You can start building your business during that time instead.)
  • You can earn lots of FREE stuff like products, cars and vacations (no joke)
  • It’s only $49 to get started! You can start your own business for half the cost of your Amazon Prime membership.

My first month as a consultant I was already in qualification to get my first promotion without being salesy or spamming my friends or family! (I’m following this training to grow my business mostly online. If you want to start this journey with me and join my team, see below).

How to Make Money With Arbonne

As an Arbonne consultant, you make money in two ways:

1. Through your own direct sales

2. Additional commissions through your team

Here is a bit of information about Arbonne’s generous compensation plan:

It costs $49 to become an Arbonne Independent Consultant ($30 annual renewal). There are no monthly fees, inventory requirements or hidden start up costs.

You automatically get 35% – 50% off all product, plus a revenue kick-back once you reach the first level of management since you’re ordering from your own personal online store! You can become a consultant just to purchase product for yourself and get your kick-back, which is a great option if you’re already in love with the products and want to get the best deal.

OR you can sign up with the mindset to start your own business and make money from home! The income potential is HUGE (this takes work and is not promised to everyone… your income is determined on how you work your business).

Sooo, on to the elephant in the room: HOW do you make sales in your first month (and beyond!) without being salesy, spamming your social media, or harassing your friends and family?!

Believe it or not, it can be pretty easy if you just have the right guidance! To set up the systems for growing your business online, it’s probably going to take at least 90 days, but will be largely automated sales after that! If you want to start making money right away while you’re setting up your online systems, here are a few ways to start earning money in your first month:

  • Invite your real neighbors over for a “business warming” party (be excited!). Share the amazing Arbonne products and opportunity with them and give them an incentive (free product) to host a demo in their home. This is the FASTEST and EASIEST way to make massive sales your first month in your business (and a great way to get to know your neighbors). Your sponsor – me if you join my team 😉 – will hold your hand through the entire process.
  • Share your personal story on Facebook, Instagram and/or email. Let people know WHY you decided to start your business and/or HOW the products have helped you. Be specific! This is different than begging people to buy from you or randomly direct messaging people you haven’t talked to in years! Instead, you are simply sharing a part of your life journey and asking for encouragement. (You don’t need to hide the fact that you’re starting a business… be proud!) This is how I made my first 2 big sales when I started!
  • Start a Facebook Page or Group that discusses the benefits of the product and tips related to health, wellness and beauty and let people know about it. This way you are always sharing updates and info with people who actually want to hear about it.
  • Deliver product sample baggies to any group of people in your circle (kids soccer team parents, play date meet-ups, MOPS group, parents at school pick-up, co-workers, etc.). You can upgrade your Arbonne business start-up with a bunch of samples for just $49 extra if you want to use this strategy.
  • Decide on a group of people you’d like to serve with the products and business (moms, busy college students, young professionals, etc.) and start a blog about topics that can help them. Include health, wellness and beauty tips that naturally link to the products in your store. Automated sales, sister! Of course, it will take more than a month to grow your blog, but you can set the wheels in motion from day one.

I share tons more tips like this with the peeps on my team, as well as personal guidance for how to implement everything. I share step-by-step training for growing your business offline or online so you can choose which way suits you best (or mix ’em up). I’d love to have you on my team if you feel like we’d be a good fit for each other! If so, just follow the steps below to get signed up and start selling in 5 minutes!:

How to Become an Arbonne Consultant

Step #1:

  • Go to my website and click the green button that says “Start Earning” (you should see my picture  and name – Candis Hidalgo – at the top of the page, but if not just enter my consultant ID to make sure you get on  my team (#24360472). You’ll enter your email address and personal details in the next few steps.

    Start here to sign up as an Arbonne Independent Consultant

  • The sign up process will take you through a few more steps, then ask you to choose a start-up order. You aren’t required to purchase any products to start your business! All you need is the “New Independent Consultant Registration” ($49), which comes with information on how to get your business started. If you’d like to set yourself up strong for doing demos regularly (which can be very profitable), then it’s a good idea to choose one of the Value Packs at this time. But again, that is totally optional. Finalize your sign up by clicking through the next steps.

    Just $49 to start your business. Other value packs are optional!

Step #2:

I’ll get an email from Arbonne that you joined my team and I will help you get started! We have a private Facebook group and Voxer group for our team where you get access to me and the rest of our team and can learn how to grow your business, make sales and leverage online marketing and blogging so you can grow your business and make money without begging or spamming people 😉

I can’t wait to chat with you about your goals and where you want to take your business!

Do you have any other questions about how to become an Arbonne Consultant and make money from home? If so, please leave a comment below or email me at hi @ smartmomblogger.com! Talk to you soon!

👇This is the training I’m following to grow my business online, and I HIGHLY recommend it!👇

Network Marketing Secrets Book Russell Brunson ClickFunnels

Network Marketing Secrets Book Russell Brunson ClickFunnels

Russell Brunson’s much-anticipated “Network Marketing Secrets” book is coming soon! (read on to learn how to be among the FIRST to know when it launches)

He’s teased about it on his YouTube channel and written an extensive guide about how to grow your network marketing business online. The promise goes like this:

Network Marketing Secrets:

“How to Use Sales Funnels To Grow Your Network Marketing Team…

So You Only Have To Talk To People Who Are SO SUPER INTERESTED In What You’re Selling That They Actually Raise Their Hands And ASK You To Sign Them Up!” 

In the book, he takes you through the “3 Lost Funnels” of Network Marketing and how to use them ONLINE to grow your business and create residual income on autopilot.

BUT BEFORE you read that…

… the best way to fully prepare to take fast action and explode your Network Marketing business once the book launches is by reading his Expert Secrets book first! It’s the same foundational marketing principles that will be shared in Network Marketing Secrets and can be applied to your business starting TODAY.

The best part is, you can get it for free for a limited time (just pay S&H) right here. PLUS, once you get the Expert Secrets book, you’ll automatically be on the waiting list to receive notification once the much anticipated Network Marketing Secrets book drops!

In fact, people are ALREADY USING the Expert Secrets book to grow their network marketing businesses like crazy! Read Jill’s story below…

Jill Christensen

“Network Marketing Expert”

“I recommend Expert Secrets to all my network marketing students”

Jill teaches network marketers how to generate leads online.

She started in the network marketing industry as a young stay-at-home mom with two little boys.

She had always been entrepreneurial since childhood. But she thought she had to choose between babies and business.

She decided to stay at home with the kids but found herself missing being an entrepreneur. One day, a network marketing opportunity fell in her lap and she decided to go for it.

She started seeing some early success but soon ran into difficulties. Her business was taking her away from home on the weekends and she hated having to leave her children behind.

She realized that what she was doing was not helping her family… it was taking her away from her family.

This drove her to try to generate leads online. After a couple years of studying and implementing, she found something that worked.

Today, she coaches other moms in the network marketing industry on how to generate leads online so they can succeed in business and without having to sacrifice time with family.

She uses the Perfect Webinar and other strategies found in Expert Secrets to grow her coaching business.