The Balance of Life in an Online Business

It truly takes an out of the box thinker to be able do what I have done. My journey will be briefly summed up below and I hope it inspires someone out there chasing that all mighty dollar to riches.

When I was in college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo studying for my Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering, I knew that soon after graduation, I’d have to start living a life of joining the working class American. If you have heard my story before, you would have known that after working 4 summer internships with Hewlett-Packard (Mountain View, CA and San Diego, CA)  and one of those internships over at Xerox in Los Angeles I was left with a cancelled job offer upon graduation. It was not fun and dating my wife Xochitl at the time, my dreams crumbled. It wasn’t easy finding work without the proper connections and building those trusting relationships.

So I went rogue. I dove into the world of Network Marketing in 2001 to truly learn real world experiences of being rejected in sales and understanding how to build myself up for objections. For those that can build a genuine attitude in the industry of network marketing, you can absolutely succeed. I took a lot of education in network marketing and brought it to all the jobs and businesses I built over the years.

There is one misleading portion that should be clear when you run any business. If you don’t build a passive income business, the business will run you. We see it with people who own restaurants where the business doesn’t grow outside of the family business. It won’t ever scale and unless you’re willing to let go of control, it won’t scale out of your hands. What exactly do I mean? You’re running a business like a job. Yep like a job! The moment you stop showing up, the business stops generating money / processing orders. Now don’t get me wrong, it takes a very special recruiter to find someone to treat your business like theirs. A very special person. We are living in a push button society where folks just don’t hustle like they use to.

After not having much success in several passive businesses, I knew what I had was I was highly motivated. In 2009, I went heavy into learning how to market on the internet without sounding like a robot. How to essentially be a magnet where people want to join you instead of you chasing them. This concept known as Attraction Marketing absolutely changed the game for me. In 2010, I was able to link up with some top online marketers who had lists bigger than mine and people that trusted them. We did what’s known as Junior Venturing (JVed) to be able to sell and scale up a course I developed to help folks get traffic to their website. After generating over $35,000 in commissions on this product I knew there was a need for education. Being super techy, I found my niche of helping the average Joe.

In 2011, after applying the strategies to my Network Marketing companies I was involved in, my wife Xochitl was looking for something to do online. So I found Drop-shipping to be a great place to start. I moved into teaching her how to drop-ship but at the same time I saw value in teaching those how to go sell items they would enjoy online. At first I gave the training to my list for free for them joining me in a network marketing company and then eventually turned the system to what it is known today as EliteDropShippers.com  The concept helped so many people that we trained just shy of 800 people. The video modules are broken down from new members to more advanced members.  Additionally, some folks I trained on how to build their own branded store outside of dropshipping from eBay / Amazon so that they can keep the 12%+ commissions that these sites were taking from them.

In 2015, I got a call that forever changed my life. It was in a way of walking closer to my faith life and I answered the Lord’s call to move into a different direction of having passion to help build my wife on her next business to allow her to still work from home and be with the kids. It had to be this way as we have been home schooling them. We launched an ecommerce store and that store has kept us busy since then. The nice thing is that it’s a physical product niche so we’re not just sitting in our chairs all day on the computer. This business has been alive and well still growing in love. She found something that she enjoys doing and I support her in that. Needless to say, she triples what she use to bring home as a first grade teacher in California. Amazing right? We definitely need to take care of our teachers more.

Now in 2019 – I find myself reinventing myself of what is working now in marketing. The key thing is staying plugged in. It is said that content marketing daily will produce you traffic within 48 hours. Therefore, learn to enjoy and blog your heart out. I actually enjoy writing topics like these because of my personal experience. Ultimately, you will always do better on things you can get excited about.

Finally, there is nothing wrong with having a job. I see a lot of marketers out there knocking on jobs, but if it wasn’t for our jobs in the past, we wouldn’t have been able to fund our next business venture without getting into heavy debt. I think if you invest $1000 and you are getting a return in your investment within 3 months or less, re-evaluate your time/process and either continue investing or move away from what you’re currently investing your time in.

Side note: By no means am I a professional writer, so forgive me, I do my best to bring quality content to my readers. Stay strong in your Plan A… Plan B… or C. Commitment is key. Consider spending 1…2 hours a day on your business part-time connecting with customers who have interest.

To your success,

Cesar Ramirez

P.S. If you still haven’t found a method to build up wealth, here’s a cool project that I’ve been a part of since 2013 silently. It has survived the test of time and at the end of the day, it’s a business that can truly build from your cell phone without having to chase your family or friends (unless you want to of course). [Click Here]

P.S.S. If you’re stuck on how to automate your online marketing efforts, let’s do a quick 15 minute discovery call so I can maybe assist you on growing your currently opportunity. If I cannot help, no big deal, let’s stay connected. Click here so I understand what areas of help you need assistance.

Black Friday Nightmare? How to give thanks without extra plastic…

Hello friend,
Thanks for being a loyal email subscriber. I appreciate hearing from each and everyone of you.
Let me know how life has treated you. The good and the bad as that is what makes you an experienced person.
If there’s an area of Internet Marketing that you’re looking to grow in, I am currently building a training center to help the new and the old on how to scale up their WordPress Blog, E-Commerce Store (Woocommerce), and receiving traffic to it to build a long term business…

Thanksgiving Dinner to come tomorrow… Black Friday is upon us.

Is it just me or are you also tired?

Things are either not as good as you planned so you are working harder to get there or they are better than you planned and you’re afraid of going backwards…soooo you work even harder.

Ugh.

Do we really work this hard, this long, this distractedly, this relentlessly for silicon and plastic that we’ll discard in 12 months?

And then give up what’s supposed to be our holiday down time to camp out, stand in line, and literally fight with other tired human beings to save a few bucks on those plastic and silicon gizmos?

*NOTE: If you’re still making payments on a credit card for a gizmo you bought and have since thrown, given, or stored away only to be thrown away later, please stay home Friday…and don’t shop online, either. You’ve missed the point.

Why do we let spending time with family – the ones we supposedly “do all of this for” – stress us out?

If you don’t know how to bake a turkey, go take a cooking class or watch more YouTube videos…or serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and pair it with a nice chardonnay or maybe even a bold Merlot to counteract the sweetness in the jelly and relax.

You think I’m kidding…don’t kid yourself about my not kidding.

Life’s too short to take seriously, and none of us are getting out alive.

So bust out the Peter Pan and the Two Buck Chuck, throw on some sweat pants or pajamas or get all gussied up if that brings a smile to your face, then relax and give thanks.

Start today and go all the way through to the New Year.

Then get REALLY crazy and do it throughout next year.

If anyone asks, tell them you have a note from your internet marketing sales coach that you can relax over the next 5+ weeks because you’re not going to be George Jetson on the treadmill any longer.

Now go relax.

-Cesar

ES 002: Ray Higdon 2017 Episode 2 Invest Learn Teach Podcast

Ray Higdon 2017

This is Episode 2 of the Embedded Strategies Podcast. The gentleman I’m about to bring out is someone who took the saying of  “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”
into fruition for me.

That’s right Mr. Ray Higdon is a leader that came out and served from the back of all of his people on his team in a Network Marketing company he and I were a part of in 2010. He saw that I was putting people into his organization through my Craigslist marketing and he wanted me to come out and teach his team. It’s because of this connection that I was able to create a product that helped hundreds of people change their marketing strategies to attract local folks in their business from Craigslist.

Today I’m bringing out Ray to have him share the story of how he became a success and to understand that you can make yourself available if you attract humble leaders into your business. He is the husband of the beautiful Jessica Higdon who I had in my first Podcast.

Disclaimer: This is my affiliate link for Ray’s First 90s Day’s in Network Marketing. These purchases assist you in business and assist me in funding these podcasts and bringing out these great leaders.

Buy here: http://cesarramirez.com/RayHigdonFirst90Days

 

Building Leaders

One of the greatest things about being in business and growing a team in Internet and / or Network Marketing is you get to build people up. You can see them go from zero to hero pretty quick — for those that are interested. For some folks it’s like a bamboo tree. It takes them 5 years to sprout and grow into a big tree. It’s not about the speed of the destination for them though… it’s about the journey.

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Customer support is and should be number one priority to be attentive to your team members. I propose a 24-48 hour response time for support to anyone that needs it. This gives enough wiggle room to create the time allotted for those on your team and those looking to join.

Some tips to consider when building a team:

  1. Clearly define the type of person you’d like to grow to be.
  2. Seek and develop leaders to duplicate that person.
  3. On a scale of 1-10 if you see yourself as a mid range leader lets say a 6. You will easily want to sponsor/recruit folks that are a 5 or below because they’re easier to talk to. What I propose is you seek a 6 or a 7 and let them go recruit those and above to strengthen the team
  4. If a person is not in alignment with your core philosophies, make sure to disconnect from them immediately. Longing the process can and will hinder your team synergy.

Take me for example. I like to seek out humble people that have the mentality of treating others like they want to be treated. In sales we call that mirror and matching. Do you want to be babysitting an adult who has the “entitlement” mentality of “what’s in it for me?” Or do you prefer the person that takes the tasks in hand and provides support to others. I like to call it, The Servant Leadership mindset. How can I serve you today?

I gotta tell you, it’s a lot simpler when the person you are working with has messed up and they ask for forgiveness. I’m the first to tell you that I’ve messed up and I’ve asked for forgiveness because I know that I’m a sinner, I’m not perfect. Asking for forgiveness has really allowed me to grow into a servant leader. A lot of this comes from growing up with very little in my hands. I wasn’t fed a silver spoon in my mouth and I really had to go out and make it happen.

The change for the future and present. A lot of my philosophies in business grew from awesome humble leaders like Jim Rohn, John C. Maxwell, Derek Wiersma, Scott Aguilar, Ray Higdon and many leaders that have poured their heart into my mindset of thinking to allow me to thing and grow within.

Most importantly, what I use to think was common sense growing up isn’t so common when you start to work with people. You’re going to be challenged with different personalities. That’s right, some folks are going to have egos bigger than their bank account. Chasing the money because someone makes more than the other isn’t necessarily someone you want to follow. Especially if you know they have deceived others in the process of getting there. Therefore, know your playing field.

Here’s a quick story. I coached a guy who was having trouble generating any type of money online. With my coaching and that of the other servant leaders, he finally started to make some money in my eBay program. He was one of the first guys I coached. Later on because some of the herd thought the grass was greener on the other side, decided to snag him from me. Mind you, I never did anything wrong to this guy, but apparently because I didn’t follow them, they decided to make me the enemy. His exact words were “How does that feel to pour salt on the wound.” Soon after this statement, he died of cancer. To this day I feel sorry for the guy for not seeing it. He missed the purpose of why I had formed the team in the first place.

“The birds are going to get them.” That’s right, get ready for the the birds. It’s part of your business but don’t get caught up there in the conversation. Keep moving forward because there’s a hater in everything that you do. If you keep a clear defined vision, the right people will follow. Hate has very little strength in anything. When building a business out of love and passion, you will start to see the Diamonds in the rough shine through.

May this message inspire you and your team!

Cesar Ramirez

P.S. If this post inspired you, let me understand how I can serve you. Here’s a quick free way to share your thoughts, pains and struggles… [Click Here]

 

Legoland, Carlsbad with Dr. Veronica (Sister)

Lead Generation Webinar Tonight

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Hello my friends!

This is a reminder of tonight’s awesome event with a long time friend who
has rocked it with lead generation in the internet space. If you caught my
boo-boo, it’s at 6pm Pacific / “9pm (Eastern)”. I wrote 7pm Eastern on my last
email and so make sure you make note of that eastern time folks!

Register here if you haven’t:  http://diamond.enterthemeeting.com/m/HRXTDQHV

I have to say I had an amazing time yesterday with my ‘3 sons’ at Legoland. Mysister, Dr. Veronica M.D., was able to join us. She has been home taking care of my ill father who has had a recent stroke. Thank you all for your Prayers, emails and messages on Facebook. He’s recovering quite well. If you are looking for short sales in MD, you will surely find Shawn Wilkinson. My wife and I are grateful for this industry as it allows us to get up and go as we please for emergency situations or even family fun events. It’s my vision to see everyone on this list achieve their dreams.

Legoland, Carlsbad with Dr. Veronica (Sister) - 4.1.2015

Legoland, Carlsbad with Dr. Veronica (Sister) – 4.1.2015

If you’d like to share a piece of your dreams, feel free to let them out of the box :-). Leave your comments at below this post.

 
Listen, I am going to be doing a webinar in a few hours (9pm EST/6pm PST)
that will show you a new method of generating quality phone leads for your business.

It will be a duh moment once you see this…

It’s so simple that you will wonder why you haven’t thought of it before.

Anyway, I have invited a special guest to come talk about this method of generating quality leads.

He is the Co-Founder and CEO of the software company and he is going to be showing you how they came up with the system and how they generated over 129,000 phone leads in just 3 months. Network Marketers, Real Estate, Insurance Industry, Top-Tier, Sales and Marketing industry you deserve to be on this webinar, we buy ugly houses cleveland so that we can do a remodeling job on them and higher their value! Your Property Management Search Stops Here!

This will change the game for you and help you get leads faster, prospect better and convert more leads to sales.

Join us on the webinar to learn more.

We will have a special Q&A session where you can ask him questions directly.

He will also be giving you a one-time special access to try out the system for yourself.

See you on tonight!

Cesar