Getting the right balance for mums in business

Welcome to Social Success with Sonya. Helping women with their businesses to find the balance of being an awesome mum and still running a successful business. social success with sonya media

Getting the right balance for mums in business.

On my home page, you saw what my message is and what I can do to help you as a mum and as a business woman. I’m a girl boss on a mission to help women!

Here are a bunch of helpful blog posts that will help you in your business and give you a little clarity.

The real help comes with working with my 1-2-1 and joining one of my coaching programmes. There i help you from the core, the very core of being a mum, being a business woman and how to best juggle that combination successfully.

Without the right tools, strategies and mindset, you simply won’t grow. I want to show you how to avoid the mistakes i made and save yourself years of time wasting and cut straight to the making money part.

The free blog posts you see online, including mine, won’t give you the information you need to get started if you’re not familiar with list bounding, lead generation, building relationships online, social media marketing and so much more.

NOT TO MENTION BEING A GREAT MUM IN BETWEEN! Because it’s so so important to find that time to be a great mum and not feel guilty when you’re working. See my story in the About Me section and you’ll understand why i cam help you.

Let’s get that balance right for you together.

 

30 Day Social Media Challenge

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Social Media Challenge

A 30 day social media challenge that is going to change your perspective on how you do social media and show just how many more people you can reach using social media.

Social media is about consistency, perservernce and a little elbow grease to make it work. I know it’s not easy and i know for some it’s a bit time consuming. BUT i am going to change the way you look at social media with this social media challenge starting in September.

How will the social media challenge work?

The social media challenge will take part within a Facebook Group. If you’re not on Facebook… well… i can’t see how you’re in business online. So, you’ll be put in a Facebook group just before the challenge begins and once payment has been made. The cost? A mere £47! Now some have told me that’s too cheap. Maybe it is. However, i wanted to make this affordable for new businesses and those that haven’t quite got to grip with how social media works. So i wanted it to cost no more than say ‘dinner and drinks out’

If you think £47 is too expensive, i’d like you to take a step back and ask yourself Why are you in business? If you can’t invest this small amount, my fear is you simply won’t be successful. I have businesses that invest £100’s in me monthly to help their businesses grow and to keep their social media running and current. Those are the serious businesses.

Now i’m not saying you’re not serious, but you are being a tight arse if you won’t invest this. Drop 2 take aways and invest in this instead. Your business needs this.

What will you achieve through this challenge?

This social media challenge is not only going to grow your numbers on social media, but you’ll get more eyes on your business and social media platforms. You’re going to engage with these new people and build relationships. New relationships on social media take anything from 2-6 months to form properly and only then do you stand a chance of earning any money from these relationships.

Social media is a constant ongoing thing that you CANNOT pick up and drop when you feel like this. This right here is why people pay me what they pay me.

Who’s game???? Find me on Facebook Here and let’s connect. Send me a message on messenger and let’s you get you set up. Know anyone else that might be interested in this or needs it? Give them my details.

We’re going to end this year on a high!

Sonya Kolodziejska

5 Blogging Techniques To Master Blogging

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5 Blogging Techniques

Ever woken up and thought ‘shit a blog is due out in half an hour’ and you haven’t done it? I’m guessing most of us have been there a some point. That’s why having these blogging techniques is going to help.

If you wake up with that deadline and aren’t able to use these blogging techniques, don’t try and write that blog post in half an hour, simply delay it. What I mean here is that writing a blog post for the sake of getting a post done is NOT a reason to blog. Trust me…your readers will feel it!

Each post must have a purpose beyond “filler content”.

Use these 5 key blogging techniques so that you never have to write a blog post for the sake of checking it off your “to do” list ever again.

1. Have a Defined Topic

It’s important that you know what your blog post will be about before you start writing it. You want to give your audience great content. Remember, this is about them, not you. It’s about providing value.

2. Spend Time on Your Title – It’s Massive!

The title of your blog post is what is going to be showing up EVERYWHERE! It’s the first touch point that prospective readers will see, so make it a good ‘un.

If it doesn’t grab their attention in a few seconds, you’ve basically failed. So don’t whip it out of thin air last minute, or wait until the very end and then write something random.

3. Your Opening Line

Your opening line, that first sentence is crucial. If you haven’t got them hooked within seconds, they won’t hang around to read more. You’ve got them on your blog, now you need to keep them there!

Your title and first sentence will make or break or post. A good visual will help too. Right at the top, grabbing peoples eye.

Why?  With the internet so saturated and schedules so full, you have 3-7 seconds to hook your reader so well that they choose to stay instead of doing something else. They will make their mind up that quickly.

4. Make it Easy to Read and Share

It’s so important that your posts are easy to read AND easy to share, so that your message can be spread far and wide via social media. Have share buttons on the bottom of each of your posts or a floating side bar.

5. Read It Out Loud

Yep, read it out loud to yourself and see how it sounds. If you think it sounds crap, so will your audience. If there are sentences or paragraphs that don’t flow, fix them! Simples.

Make sure there is a graphic or 2 in there that catches peoples eye. If you’re rubbish at creating them, get a graphic designer to create your next 10 blogging banners for you. Or ask me.

Lastly, reading out loud is a great way to catch any pesky typos or grammatical errors before you hit the “publish” button.

Whether you are a seasonal blogger or just starting out, or maybe you just needed a kick up the behind, these tips will get you well on your way to blogging regularly and effectively.

If you’re already blogging regularly, which one of the blogging techniques above do you think is the most crucial? Please comment below.

 

 

 

Social Media Tasks – 5 Ways to make it Simpler.

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Social Media Tasks

Social media tasks can be time consuming, but here are 5 ways to make it simpler for you. There are only so many hours in a day and making the most of our time is crucial to growing our businesses, right? Social media platforms can make a huge positive impact on your business, yet many out there struggle with overwhelm from it.

This blog post shares 5 golden nuggets on how to best spend your time using social media for your business.

  1. Which social platforms are you going to use?

    You can’t be on them all, so figure out which social media platforms you want to be on (and find out where your audience is) Some questions to ask yourself are: Which platforms are people engaging with you the most? Where do you get the most visits to your website from?

 

2. Stick to a schedule or time block

Time management is my thing, i am amazing at it and I help clients manage their time better too. Time management is super important to any entrepreneur or freelancer. When you set time aside to manage your social media tasks, a lot gets done! So i regularly time block now and i work less hours because of it. Pick a days and times that you want to set aside for your social media tasks and stick to it.

 

Create a daily to-do list of social media tasks

Lists, lists and more lists. As if you haven’t got enough social media tasks and blogging to be getting on with right? I like lists and i like ticking them off. This week i have set aside Monday, Wednesday and Friday for my social media tasks, for scheduling mine and my clients posts. Then every day i set aside time to do the following:

  • Respond to comments
  • Comment on other peoples posts
  • Network online and engage in communities
  • Like all comments on my social media platforms

Make your time count and ENGAGE a ton!

Allocating time for building relationships SHOULD be part of your time allocated for your social media tasks. Notice above i put Network online and engage in communities? That’s what i’m talking about!

Yes it’s true, it means you actually have to talk to people 🙂 But it’s all online, so it’s super easy and can be done in your own time that suits you. See the word social? That’s why we have to engage.

I pretty much respond to every message, retweet and comment because those people are helping grow my business and getting it exposure. Yes i miss the odd one, we’re only human after all. BUT i do make time to do this, it’s so important.

Use tools to help with your social media tasks!

Ahhhhh tools, aren’t they great? So i keep it simple and use hootsuite to schedule posts. There isn’t enough time in my day (or yours) to be posting live every hour. Not to mention posting when you are sleeping to reach a bigger world wide. Let a scheduling tool do the work for you whilst you’re asleep.

Using tools will help grow your business and save you a ton of time. If you need any more recommendations, find me on Facebook Here. 

Hopefully these 5 tips will help you better manage and your daily social media tasks better in order to get the most out of your time.

Which tip/tips spoke to you the most? Let me know in the comments. Or add your own tips related to social media tasks.

For more blog posts that could help your business, Read More Here.

Investing in your Business and why you should.

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Investing in your Business

Why i think investing in your business is crucial. Because i have done it myself and once upon a time i tried to do it all myself too.

Social media is a beast and a beast that changes regularly. You need to be on it all the time (7 days a week) and know your shit. If you don’t, that’s when you need professional help and it’s time to invest in your business. I basically fudged it for over two years in my previous business. All I was doing was reading free blog posts, fudging it on Facebook all the time. I had zero strategy. What the hell was strategy after all?

When I finally invested … I think my first mentor cost me …  was £7,000. I shit myself. I’m thinking, “There is no way I’m gonna be able to do this.” I remember putting a lot of it on a credit card. Let me tell you this though, it was the best thing I’ve ever done. Within two or three months, I was doubling my income. Within 18 months, I was making five figures a month. I was turning over five figures a month!! I was blown away by what a professional mentor can do for you.

When you need to invest in your business.

I also got approached a few weeks ago being asked, “Can we swap services?” Now, what this lady had to offer wasn’t anything that I needed, but she wanted my expertise. Now like I said, Facebook isn’t a quick fix. It’s a lot of  strategies and a lot of learning.

I tried to explain this to her, but i wasn’t getting through and in the end we parted ways and no services were swapped. She is still fudging it by the way…. This is why investing in your business is crucial.

How can I help your business?

So have you got your one focus this month? I’d like you to pick one focus for this month or next month, something that you really want to achieve and you haven’t gotten round to it. Or you come upon a stumbling block, and you find any excuse not to do that thing, well that is gonna change. We are going to achieve that one thing, okay?
I usually charge £350 for this, but if you happen to stumble across this blog, i want to give you this for just £199 for the month. By taking that leap with me and investing in your business, i will walk you through it all holding your hand.

Instead of having a structured call, we’re going to dive straight in and talk mindset and strategy. I’m just gonna let you have me for an hour, not just one either, but 3! You can ask me anything you want in business. Anything that you are struggling with, I’m all ears and I’ll give you the answers, and we will work through it. I will also be available on messenger for you and i will keep you motivated and accountable.

You can Upgrade

Now, you also have the opportunity to upgrade. You can upgrade and pay £350 and i will let you have a second month for just £150! That’s huge right there. That is what I’m offering you. I currently pay somebody £500 a month to have that service, but I want to do this for you because I know that you’re a small business, and I know how tough it is when you’re starting out, okay? However, investing in your business is the only way (i have found) to make it grow. Or maybe you’d prefer just a one hour with me? But this offer is far better than just one hour.

So I’ve got a whole list of what I’m gonna help you with here, but you need to get in touch with me if you want to book this. Now I know what it’s like to juggle a million things. As a woman, I’m already juggling a million things. As a single mom, I am, but also as business woman. I’m just adding even more shit to my list. I’ve got my focus. What’s your focus going to be and how can I help you?

I want to help you earn more money.

Have a think about it and let me know that you want to take me up on this offer, get yourself paid up, and get your first call scheduled in. I can’t wait to work with you. I’m so excited to hear how I can help you, and what your one thing is that you want to achieve this month, and we’re going to make sure that you achieve it. I WANT TO HELP YOU EARN MORE MONEY. As a woman who’s sole income feeds my children and pays the bills, i want to see more women being able to do that. Even if you’re happily married, i want to see you earning and contributing to your family income Because you Can. Investing in your business is the smartest business choice you’ll make.

How do you start? Drop me an email to my personal email with the heading ‘Coaching Offer’ and i will get right back to you within 24 hours and we will get set up. Here is the email: sonya.kolodziejska@gmail.com

Don’t forget to let me know what you’d like help with and when you’d like to get started. This offer is valid for anyone who comes across it, even if you read this blog 2 years down the line.

5 Marketing Tips To Master

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5 Marketing Tips

Here are 5 marketing tips that every business large or small should master. We all want to grow our businesses and make the right decisions for it, but it can be hard with so much conflicting information out there. Most businesses hardest part is finding their customers/clients. If it was easy, we’d all be successful right?

What is Marketing?

In a nutshell, as Kotler and Armstrong said: Marketing is the social process by which individuals and organizations obtain what they need and want through creating and exchanging value with others.

The process by which companies create value for customers and build strong customer relationships in order to capture value from customers in return.

My 5 Best Marketing Tips

  1. Firstly, marketing starts by understanding your customers. Once you understand them, you learn how to best talk to them and where to market to them. That’s how those all important relationships are built.
  2. Understand that marketing is an ongoing process, a daily process that you don’t give up on.
  3. Find where your customers are and then market to them. That’s where number one comes in, you understand your customers, find where they are and then build relationships with them by effectively marketing to them.
  4. Invest in some amazing content. Don’t try and ‘fudge it’ and guess. Speak to someone like me and get help. You could waste years in business doing it wrong. My Content Packages are a hit and go down well.
  5. Lastly keep learning. Learn what’s current, keep up to date and master these marketing tips. Find people in your industry who are on top and see what they’re doing.

Marketing isn’t easy, it can feel relentless at times, consistency is key and keeping on top of trends is valuable too.

You don’t have to be everywhere, you just have to be where your clients are. Show up and be seen online. If you need help with your content, Contact Me here and let’s talk. My passion is growing businesses and helping them create relationships with their audience.

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What’s a Mompreneur?

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What’s a Mompreneur?

So what’s a mompreneur then? It’s basically slang for a woman who runs her own business and has small children. At first i thought the word was a bit of a crappy word, but actually, it’s very accurate. I did find it a bit demeaning when i first heard it, but really, it’s just saying you’re a mum And an entrepreneur. If people want to call me a Mompreneur, they can, i take no offence. I was even entered into a competition for Mompreneur of the year when i lived in London. i didn’t win…. but still.

So what’s the difference between an entrepreneur and a mompreneur?

The leap is actually pretty huge! Not to mention the significant commitment involved. Being a mompreneur is no longer just your schedule to consider. But that of your team, your clients, your need to cover the costs on a monthly basis and hopefully walk away with a salary. I don’t think i took a salary for the first two years of being in business. That’s why i now help women cut the corners that waste time and help women with their time management. Because when we get the time management in check, the rest starts falling into place when we also have strategies in place.

Home office advantages.

There are also some great home office advantages. Rather than having to rent office space, us momprenaurs tend to work from a home office (or the dining room table) which i did for 2-3 years.

Consider that with a home office you likely write off a lot of your expenses such a home phone, Internet etc… as part of your in-home office so you aren’t actually incurring new expenses but rather now sharing the load of those expenses between your business and your household. Total bonus right?

With offices outside of the home, you now have a petrol (gas) expense (that you can’t write off) for your commute, you now have rent, utilities, business insurance etc. All significant, all risky until you really have a dependable and steady cash flow.

So really, being called a mompreneur is ok and don’t allow it to make you feel any less important. The fact that you’re a mum and running a business is actually pretty amazing!

 

 

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Summer Gremlins In Your Business

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Summer Gremlins are coming!

Good day!  How are we doing, my lovelies? Today i want to talk about those summer gremlins that are hiding dormant ready to come out and invade! Think i’m nuts? Keep reading…
I wanted to talk about summer seeing as it is on its way.

What are summer gremlins then?

As I said, summer’s coming and the summer gremlins definitely get most business owners. Now you may think that’s a little bit funny, but it’s true. I for one know what it’s like. You’ve got the kids at home, you’ve got everything going one, you’re trying to work from your home office, and as a result shit’s just not getting done. You’re being bugged all time, you’d rather be sitting outside with a beer or a coffee or whatever. The summer gremlins take hold of most business owners and therefore you stop being proactive. (See, they do exist)
So it’s really during the summer they come out to play, because there’s so many other things that distract you. We come across stumbling blocks in business often, mostly we deal with them and move on. In the summer though, you are more likely, it’s proven, to just say, “Meh, can’t be bothered anymore.” So let me tell you – Don’t be that person!

What do you want to achieve this month?

What I want to ask you is this: What was one thing that you want to concentrate on this month? Which one thing do you want to achieve? Is it that you want to be more consistent of Facebook? Is it that you want to promise to do two lives every week on Facebook? Or maybe it’s that you wanna grow your email list or create your first opt-in? What is that one thing that’s really important to you?

What i want to achieve this month.

Now for me, it’s to develop properly and complete the first third of my new 12 week coaching programme. I don’t want tell you too much about that, however, what’s coming is going to be amazing. I ran this by a mentor earlier this week, and she was so excited. She knows a lot of business people and she doesn’t anyone that’s doing this programme, and she’s super excited. Which has made me even more excited! Further more, if nobody else doing it, then you need to be thinking you want to be the first in line for it.

I want you to tell me what ONE thing you want to achieve this month.

Where is your audience?

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Where is your audience?

Hey there ladies and gents. This is a little bit of a random blog post, usually i know what i am blogging abut the week before. But i want to talk on where is your audience.

I’m just on my sofa, sitting here and working on some client work. I’m just putting together a 12 week training course and right now I’m writing about content. But before we get into content creation, a question that you need to ask yourself is, where is your audience?

What’s your comfort zone platform?

Facebook might be your comfort zone, but is your audience on Facebook. Now, for me, Facebook groups have been really good for this business, and Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter is killing it at the moment. In my previous business, my online retail business selling corsets, Facebook was my zone. Over 175,000 likes, was earning tens of thousands a month from it.
But where is your audience? Are all your business people on Facebook? Are you in the fitness? Here’s a though, are you doing videos on Instagram? Try and change it up a bit. If you’ve been in your business for a year or more and you’re finding that you’re not getting a lot of traction from where you’re spending most of your time, start looking at other places. Start looking at where your audience might be. Start looking at your competitors. What are they doing? Where are they? Start thinking about different ways of approaching how you are putting your content out there.

A little homework for you to discover where is your audience hanging out.

You never know, within a few months, your business could dramatically do a full circle and change around just by making these small changes.
So sit down in a quiet environment for an hour or so. Turn off your Facebook notifications (biggest time waster there) and just have a look at what other people are doing. Write a list of 5-10 successful people in your niche.

A little bit of research goes a massive, massive way. If you are into fitness, look at Beach Body. I’m trying to think of some other names off the top of my head. I’m a bit of a Beach Body girl myself. Did an INSANITY MAX:30 workout today. Jullian Michaels who did the crazy popular 30 day shred years ago, check her out. Maybe you’re a coach? Check out Seth Godin; Dan Meredith, epic guy from the UK, says it how it is, I’ve learnt so much from him. He’s a business coach and is a lot of fun too.

Just go and find the people that are in your niche and find out what they’re doing, then go and find out where your audience is. Massively important, okay? And keep posting consistently. You’re not going to grow overnight. So just take some time. Don’t stress. You’ve got this, okay?

Take care.

Supporting women in business.

Investing in your Business

Investing in your business

Boring as it may sound, investing in your business is super important… so keep reading! I find most new businesses have no idea where to start with investing within their business and things are all a little (or a lot) jumbled up in their mind.

I’m here in Orlando

.So if you’re in my Facebook Group  you’ll know i am in Orlando and at a huge business conference. Why am i here and why have i travelled all the way from the UK to the USA? I’ll tell you why: because i am learning from some amazing people. Not just to grow my business, but to help You grow yours too. Investing in your business is the only way to grow your business ladies (and any gents reading) You will never know it all on your own by reading thousands of hours of free online info. investing in your business

Just yesterday i listed to someone from Google speak and some other superb speakers and already i know how i am going to help current and new clients. I am not here to convince you to work with me, you either will or you won’t, but i insist at Some point that you do invest in your business, whether it be with me or someone else.

How will you invest in your business?

Investing in your business can mean a one hour coaching call to get your mind straight, it could be outsourcing your content or blogging. It could  be a bunch of other things.

Don’t have the money to invest? Seriously, most people have the money to buy takeaways every weekend or get a new tattoo, yet they won’t invest in their business? Those aren’t the clients i want to work with anyway. I want to work with Serious awesome people who truly want to grow their business and succeed.

I read a book years ago when i first starting working for myself and it gave great advise. It said everyone has the money to invest if they truly want it. Sell shit of eBay, sell on local FB pages! Because let’s face it… we all have stuff around the house we don’t need and can sell. That’s exactly how i got the money together for my first few Facebook Adverts. In turn i started turning over 5 figures a month in my previous retail business and was killing it! Do you want the same?

Time you did some thinking…

If you’re serious about growing your business, then decide what you’d like to outsource. Or what you truly need help with and let’s connect.

Join my Facebook Group and let’s connect.

Being Myself and Doing Things Differently In Business!

Being Myself and Doing Things Differently!

Being myself in day to day life is easy, but in business i found i was a completely different person. It hasn’t really bothered me… until now. This week i started paying attention to a group i had joined on Facebook last year, but not really paid much attention to. (Coffee with Dan), warning, the man can be crude and swears, if this doesn’t bother you, crack on! But something felt off this week and i decided to go in there and get involved. I saw an advert to join Dans paid site and immediately went for it, it felt right. I have always listened to my gut. Long story short, shit got real! As in REAL deep! I went in there and said i didn’t know who i was really targeting etc and got some links to training modules.

I had spend the first night barely sleeping worrying, I didn’t know who i wanted to be in business. Guess what happened? I knew within half a day exactly who i wanted to be once i asked for help, who i wanted to target and what my ideal client would look like. It was never ever this clear until that very moment yesterday. I have been part of that paid group for just 3 days and i have changed full circle. It’s true that I am a no nonsense kind of woman, i take no shit, but i am one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet. I want to portray that in my business.being myself

So what do i want to do being myself?

I still want to help people on social media, of course i do! But here is who i truly think i can resonate with and help the most. Women in business, mums, women who lack self confidence. I’m going add motivational and general business coaching to my services. I feel so many women are held back by their lack of belief or by being given the wrong information and then get so stressed and confused. I am here to change that and get you rolling girls!

Coaching with me

Coaching with me will involve motivational and inspirational coaching, i am huge on mindset. I will help you find your ideal target, who you should be targeting with your business and how to free up your time so that you can spend more time with your kids, your family, your partner/husband or find time just for you. I’m a single mum, the kids dad doesn’t play a big part in their lives at all, so it’s really important that i get that time alone. Because when they’re not at school, they’re with me.

Because i get up so early to work on personal development and work out, by the time the kids go to bed, i don’t get much time for myself because i go to bed early too. These 5.30am’s can get pretty exhausting, but boy do i sleep better for it. So i ensure a couple of times a week i find time for me, an hour or two just to ‘do me’. No work, so client calls, no blogging or scheduling, just coffee and Netflix! Imagine that, in the middle of the day. That’s what i can help you with too.

I’d love to connect with you, you can join my private Free group on Facebook Here.