5 Time Management Strategies for the Savvy Entrepreneur

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By Mandy L. Manley, Professional Organizer and Owner of Skeleton Key Organizing

When you own your own business, time is so much more than just money. It’s a limited resource that you must spend on big-impact items as well as bookkeeping, education, networking and planning. Whether your business is your primary source of income, or your side hustle, you’ll benefit from having a firm grasp of how to manage your time properly. Let’s take a look at some strategies for effective time management that will help you keep your business on track.

1. Choose a Calendar

It may seem obvious, but choosing a calendar that suits your skill level and technology preferences is the first vital step in becoming a savvy planner. If you never leave home (or even your desk) without your phone, consider a free calendar app like Google calendar. There are many perks to using a digital calendar: they can sync between all your devices, are sharable and many accept voice commands for easy scheduling. However, if you know technology isn’t your strong suit or you’re a more visual person, consider using a paper planner. Choose a planner that fits in your daily carry bag, and make sure you have a pen or pencil on hand at all times. Be careful if you choose a hybrid method; you’ll need to make sure you record all appointments in both places so you don’t accidentally overbook!

2. Schedule Your Priorities

A useful calendar is a reflection of your priorities. Take a look at the things that matter most to you, and the actions you know will help grow your business. Rank them in order of importance and impact and make sure to schedule these items to reoccur as often as you need to keep your business moving forward. Remember that success doesn’t happen overnight; it’s the result of diligence and repetition over weeks, months and years. Take the time to list out your priorities, goals and repeatable action items; we’ll use them in step two!

3. Block Your Time

Ready to manage your calendar like a pro? Take a note from the pages of successful CEOs and busy solopreneurs and implement the strategy of time blocking. Whether your calendar is digital or analog, block out appointments to do the work from the priorities you listed above. For example, if you know that you will gain new customers by talking to 5 new people each week, then block these outreach opportunities on your calendar as appointments. You can even color-code them so you get a better visual representation of how you’re spending your time. Block out each week until you’ve assigned each hour a task (don’t forget to schedule time for walks, shake breaks and fun!). Bottom line: Make sure that you’re scheduling time to do what matters most to you!

4. Schedule Meetings Like a Pro

Now that you’ve put your calendar to work for you, it’s time to integrate other people into the effort! No one is an island, and you’ll need to make sure you’re available to schedule appointments for sales, coaching and talking to your network. Make it easy for everyone to see when you’re free by using a digital assistant like Calendly. This efficient service means you can say goodbye to back-and-forth emails. Simply share a link to the appointment times you’ve chosen, and let others book these meetings with you. You can share a conference line and set reminders. Once they’ve booked an appointment, they can reschedule and get dial-in information directly through Calendly. Anyone else wishing to book time with you will only see what’s available! Best of all; the basic plan is totally free!

Need to get a larger group together? Sending dozens of emails to check everyone’s availability is inefficient, so try Doodle.com. This tool lets you load in a series of potential meeting times, and invitees vote on what works for them. Doodle will tabulate the results and let you know when everyone is free to meet! Hello, efficiency!

5. Plan a Review Day

The final step for managing your time well is to schedule a review day. Every week, you should review what’s coming up in the next few days. Make sure you’ve got the resources you need and send reminders before you’re walking out the door to your next appointment. By staying on top of things, others will learn that you’re on top of things and are reliable (two very good qualities for an entrepreneur to have!). Take a look at what’s coming in the next few weeks and months, and make sure your larger goals are broken down into action items. When these action items are blocked as appointments on your calendar, you’ll make swift progress toward your goals and gain traction in your business.

As an entrepreneur, you’ve got a lot to get done each day. By using the strategies above, you can put your time and calendar to work for you. Say goodbye to feeling like you don’t know what you should be doing, worrying that you won’t get it all done, and wasting time on things that don’t really matter. Get intentional about how you spend your time and savvy with your scheduling to truly master your business and have more time for the things that matter most.

 

 

What You Need To Know Before You Promote Your Business

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By Compliance Coordinator Angela Corbett

Did you know that as an Independent Reliv Distributor you must comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission and Direct Selling Association regulations when it comes to advertising? So, what does that mean for you as a Distributor? It means that every time you promote your Reliv business—whether it’s on a website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or on a flyer—it needs to be compliant. There are many things you can do to remain in compliance when promoting your business. Here are some basic guidelines on how you can do this:

  • Describe the changes in your day-to-day life since starting on Reliv products and launching a Reliv business. Share your lifestyle improvements, such as having more family time or starting a new workout routine.
  • Highlight specific positive experiences like running a 5K or going on a Reliv trip!
  • Focus on improvements in general health and wellbeing, such as having more energy and feeling more accomplished each day.
  • Explain how you achieved success with the products, the business or both!
  • Remember, Reliv products provide optimal nutrition and target specific wellness needs for better overall health. Avoid giving the impression that Reliv will treat or cure any disease or medical condition.
  • Avoid listing diseases, medical conditions or symptoms. And avoid saying that Reliv has allowed you to avoid or discontinue the use of any prescription drugs or treatments.
  • Do not make guarantees about results others will achieve. Keep in mind everyone is different and individual results may vary!

By following these guidelines, you will enhance the Reliv brand image and build trust for your future customers and Distributors. These agencies are here to protect you as a consumer and help provide faith in products and businesses and we know it is not always an easy job. If you are ever in doubt as to what you can and cannot say, we are here to help you! You can always email compliance@relivinc.com with your questions so you can promote and build your business with confidence.

How To Promote Your Events On Social Media

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By Content & Social Media Specialist Michaela Mitchell

Events are the lifeblood of your network marketing business. From shake parties and in-homes to opportunity meetings, conference calls and Facebook Lives, there are so many different types of business-building events nowadays! You may feel overwhelmed by the thought of promoting your next event, but it truly has never been easier to promote an event than now because of social media.

I’m not telling you to stop sending physical invitations or your favorite evite, but social media is the icing on the cake. Or should I say whipped cream on your Reliv shake? It’s that extra step to get you in front of the most new eyes as possible and can give you the extra wave of guests you need.

Setting up a Facebook event is actually super easy. You simply go to “Events” on the main Facebook homepage, click “Create Event,” and you’re ready to insert your information. Just make sure you create a public event so that anyone in your local area will be able to see it.

This is what you’ll see:

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You can customize the entire event with your information and a description. I recommend including any information in the description that you think someone new to Reliv would need to know. Explain to them why this event is worth their time and what fun activities you have planned! Will there be a free shake bar? A free workout? I also recommend you use a high-quality photo from a previous event as the “Event Photo.” If you don’t have one you, check out what Reliv Corporate has available on Flickr.com/Reliv. Remember, this could be a prospect’s first impression of your business so make sure you keep it professional but exciting!

After you have your event set up on Facebook, promote, promote, promote! Marketing your event is crucial. Invite all your friends via Facebook and ask them to share it with their friends. If you invite 30 people and each of them invite 5-10 people, think about how successful your event can be. Sharing is key and will help you build up your brand on social media. Even if not everyone can make it, you are exposing them to your business just by inviting them.

Once you’ve promoted your event and invited as many people as you can, it’s always fun to post teasers in the event so that people know what to expect. For example, post a recipe that you will share with guests or ask them to choose between two. Get them involved and engaged prior to your event so they will be comfortable and more excited to attend your event. Build up the hype!

Events are so much fun and social media makes promoting them so easy. Make sure you tag us @Reliv International when you create an event on Facebook of your very own!

 

Aloha, Hawaii & Big Bonuses!

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By CEO Ryan Montgomery

A lot of things have to fall in place for success in business. It’s never just one action that sparks a business into momentum and Reliv is no different. Momentum is hard to build, but when you have it, it’s hard to stop. In our business, momentum is the result of the company painting a vision of opportunity and supporting you with the products that change lives and tools to build your business. The Distributor’s role is to grab hold of the support and build your organization.

While there isn’t just one force to accelerate momentum, I will say that there is one element that is crucial to forward action and that is to be field driven. Field driven means Distributor leaders take 100% ownership of the success or failure of their organization. It means leadership by example and doing the things you teach others to do. We are a business of building relationships and trust, and leaders say and do the same thing. “Field driven” is an attitude of not waiting for someone else or the company to create momentum. It’s taking ownership of the situation and making things happen yourself!

As our corporate team was working arm in arm with top field leaders to design the cash bonus and Hawaii promotion, I got incredibly excited because I could see the “field driven” nature of this fantastic promotion. This business has taught me many things, but one universal truth is that people support what they help to build. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how awesome I think a promotion is…it only matters what you, Distributors, think about. One thing that continues to echo from you is how “doable” this contest is for everyone, new or experienced. Distributors just like you came up with the details and built this genius promotion that combines large monthly cash bonuses for top “new volume” with a trip to Hawaii with numerous pathways to qualify based on a point system for certain activities and advancements.

Reliv has never done anything quite like this with big bonuses and a trip to Hawaii at the same time. We believe each component will fuel the other and are so excited to see you make it to the top. Leaders striving for the monthly Top 3 New Volume will certainly earn points toward Hawaii, and vice versa, leaders working to earn points will get themselves in the running for the cash bonuses. It’s a win-win! And let’s not forget, Reliv still has Promo 1-2-3 in place alongside the Top 3 for signing up new Quick Starts, Master Affiliates and Preferred Customers on autoship.

Field leaders created this promotion, passionately believe in it, are committed to qualify for it, are getting commitments from other leaders to earn it, are excited and taking ownership of it—this is truly a  “field driven” promotion that without doubt will lead us to momentum and organizational growth like we’ve never seen. One year from now, we’ll be celebrating all the leaders that make it happen over the next nine months…in beautiful Hawaii!

Aloha,

Ryan

How To Get Past The “We Need This Tool” Syndrome

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By President of Sales & Marketing Tom Pinnock

There are a number of pitfalls that can derail your business and one of these is the “We Need This Tool” Syndrome. If you’ve been in Reliv for a while, I’m sure you’ve already heard someone say that if they only had this video, or that tool, or this product, they could really do something big with their business.  In reality, this is nothing more than an excuse. The fact is that you have everything that you need to build a six-figure income right now. Over the years, many of you have heard me say that if I had the tools that we have today, I really could have done something with my business. Obviously, I say that with a smile on my face, but at the same time I can’t help but marvel at the amazing tools that we now have at our fingertips.

For instance, when I started, we had Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® and a weight loss product. There were no training tools, no smartphones, no internet, no social media, no mobile app, no websites, no blogs, and no worries. That’s right, we didn’t worry about what we didn’t have because we focused on what we did have, and that was the most powerful nutrition and marketing plan in the industry. Without a doubt, these are the two most important ingredients needed in order to build a successful distribution network, and today our marketing plan and products are better than ever.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe the advancements in technology give networkers a way to communicate and build distribution networks around the world like never before. Think about how websites, mobile apps, and social media have played right into our hands making our business easier. These are exciting times and we are dedicated to providing our Distributors with the best on and offline tools in the industry!

However, let’s not forget that the most powerful tool in your toolbox is YOU! Especially if you’re determined to make your life better and willing to work hard to do the same for others. Think of the last four letters of the word enthusiasm – I.A.S.M. I am sold myself. If you’re sold, you will be unstoppable regardless of what tools you have. So don’t fall into the trap of thinking, “If only I had the latest and greatest new tool my business would take off…” No, you have everything that you need right now to build your dreams and dramatically help others to do the same.

10 Reasons You Need A Girlfriends’ Getaway!

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

August 1st is National Girlfriends’ Day, but I think we should celebrate our girlfriends every day! Female friendships are so powerful, but it can be hard to carve out quality time with our best friends in our busy schedules. Lucky for you, Reliv is sponsoring a free Girlfriends’ Getaway August 24 and 25 to celebrate you and your girlfriends all weekend long!

Here are 10 reasons you don’t want to miss it:

  1. This weekend is a form of self-care. You spend all day taking care of others, and now is the time for you!
  2. There is a hosted happy hour with wine and appetizers—what’s better than that?
  3. You can choose from different workouts for all fitness levels to start your morning with a rush of endorphins that will make you happy!
  4. Try fresh, new shake recipes at the free Reliv Shake Bar. These recipes were formulated by our best fitness and nutrition expert just for you.
  5. You’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children all over the world with the Reliv Kalogris Foundation.
  6. Mingle with friends from all over the country and make new ones!
  7. Learn about family wellness tips from nutrition experts.
  8. Enjoy fun surprises and get a free swag bag filled with the latest Reliv goodies and other fun accessories.
  9. Hear from strong, motivating women entrepreneurs who have built their own businesses. Be inspired to do the same!
  10. You will leave feeling relaxed, reenergized and recharged!

 

There truly is no downside to spending a weekend with your girlfriends, your mom, your sister, your daughter, etc. Your time is now—let’s celebrate!

 

Sustainable Straws: More Fantastic Than Plastic!

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

Companies all over the United States are making moves to eliminate single-use plastic straws from their stores, Starbucks being one of the ringleaders. This latest movement was triggered by an increase in plastic waste and pollution found in the ocean. According to the National Parks Service, Americans use over 500 million straws per day. When you think about it, that’s really alarming! So it’s not that surprising that people are trying to reduce their plastic waste by using a plastic straw alternative.

Here at Reliv® Corporate, we love to use sustainable straws to sip on our tasty shakes. We especially like cute paper straws that come in a variety of colors and are biodegradable and recyclable.

Here are a few sustainable straws that will make your sips guilt-free:

  • Paper Straws: These paper straws are a fun, compostable option for you to use. They come in just about every color so they can color-coordinate with your daily Reliv shake!

 

  • Stainless Steel Straws: These trendy straws are being used by every fitness trainer on the Internet, including Fit3™ Head Coach Tina! They are washable and reusable. They even come with a small bottle brush to make cleaning them a breeze.

 

  • Silicone Straws: If stainless steel isn’t for you, these silicone straws are just as easy and fun to use. This pack comes with several different colors so you can change it up or give one to your best friend.

 

  • Glass Straws: Dishwasher safe and reusable, these glass straws are another great plastic straw alternative. Whip out your glass straw at a restaurant and you bet everyone else will be jealous!

 

  • Bamboo Straws: Bamboo straws are all natural, lightweight and reusable. It doesn’t get better than that!

 

No matter what type of sustainable straw you choose, your Reliv shake will still taste delicious and you can rest assured that incorporating this simple change will be helping the environment. Share what kind of straw alternative you use in the comments below!

How To Drink More Water

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Wow! This summer has been a hot one for many of us. I’ve spent days at softball tournaments, doing work on my farm, and enjoying outdoor barbecues with friends. While a lot of the people around me celebrate the season with 12 oz. curls, I get some extra strength training by lugging around my giant water bottle and family-size sunscreen!

Even I’m surprised by how much fluid my body needs and how many times I have to refill my water bottle. The recommended daily water intake is half your body weight in ounces. That number can be intimidating, but your body will thank you!

If you’re still having trouble meeting your daily water intake, try adding yummy flavors to your water. For example, I always try to have Innergize!® on deck. Innergize! contains an advanced blend of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates designed specifically to help prevent dehydration and restore your energy. The lemon and orange flavors are also perfect for the summer. Registered Dietitian Jennifer McDaniel suggests you even add fresh fruit or a small amount of juice to your water for more flavor. Infuse your water with lemons, cucumbers, strawberries, mint leaves, watermelon, etc. The possibilities are endless!

There are lots of ways to meet your daily water intake by making your brain think you’re not actually drinking water. Of course, the more WATER, the better, but if you are struggling to get half of your body weight in ounces every day, go ahead and flavor it up! Studies show that we definitely drink more when we add a little something to our H2O.

Go grab yourself a tall glass of something refreshing and take a listen to the July episode of The Reliv Podcast for some intriguing insights about the effects of dehydration.

What’s On Your Summer Grocery List?  

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

Summer is in full swing so it’s time to add plenty of fresh fruits and veggies to your grocery list! Shopping seasonally will make your wallet and family happy with new flavors at reasonable prices. Not only are seasonal produce much cheaper due to their availability, but they embody several health benefits.

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Innergize!®: You’ll be sipping on Innergize! all summer. Hydrate with this isotonic drink full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to give you added energy, promote oxygen absorption and boost your immune system. Not to mention the orange and lemon flavor options are perfect for this season!

 

  • Beets: This bright red vegetable is full of Vitamin C, fiber and manganese to help you boost your immune system and gut health.

 

  • Blueberries: Like beets, blueberries are high in fiber and Vitamin C. Their abundance in antioxidants will make you feel great snacking on them all summer long. They also make a delicious addition to your Reliv shake.

 

  • Cucumbers: Cucumbers are refreshing and contain potassium and magnesium. Try adding them to your water to keep you fresh and alert throughout the day!

 

  • Green Beans: Fresh green beans are the perfect side to your summer barbeques. They are high in iron and other minerals.

 

  • Peaches: Try grilling this juicy fruit for a healthy dessert! Peaches are providers of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and a great source of fiber.

 

  • Watermelon: It’s hard to not eat watermelon during the summer. This delightful summer snack is full of Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, and electrolytes.

 

Find your local farmer’s market or make a trip to the grocery store to add these nutritious summer staples to your fridge. What’s your favorite fruit or vegetable to eat during the summer?

 

Dr. Carl Hastings Shares The “Whey” To Core Nutrition

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As the industry leader in core nutrition, Reliv offers you easy solutions for getting those essential nutrients that you probably don’t get from food alone. Introducing the newest member of Reliv’s core nutrition line-up—Reliv Now® with Whey! This whey-based protein formula has the same optimal blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and herbs as Reliv Now® with Soy. The only difference is it has 7 grams of whey protein and is soy-free.

“I have always believed that soy has tremendous health benefits, but we also know that consumers want choices,” says Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl Hastings. “With this whey-based protein blend, even those with soy sensitivities can experience the overall health and wellness of Reliv’s core nutrition products.”

Nobody does nutrition like Reliv. That’s because we put all of your core daily nutrition into one easy, convenient and tasty shake. You can stop wasting time, energy and money mixing and matching bottles of single-ingredient supplements. Reliv Now is the ultimate multitasking nutrition formula that keeps up with your hectic lifestyle and makes nutrition simple.

Reliv Now goes beyond a standard multivitamin pill, giving you more of everything your body needs.

25 Vitamins & Minerals: Contains more vitamins and minerals than leading multivitamins. Reliv Now contains 200% of the daily value of vitamin B6, one of the most common vitamins for which Americans are deficient. Vitamin B6 helps the body metabolize fats and proteins and is important for healthy hair, skin, eyes and liver. You also get double the amount of Vitamin E and as much as eight times of Vitamin C. In addition, Reliv Now delivers optimum levels of essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Antioxidants: Fights off excess free radicals, which can overwhelm your body’s defenses and cause damage to your cells and DNA. Reliv Now provides antioxidants not found in other popular vitamin brands, including patented Pycnogenol®—one of the most thoroughly researched ingredients available today. More than 170 studies have demonstrated Pycnogenol’s ability to fight free radical damage, improve blood circulation and lower blood glucose, among other benefits.

Protein: Packs a powerful protein punch. Doctors recommend 50 grams of protein daily, but most multivitamins contain none. Reliv Now gives you 7 grams per serving of high-quality, muscle-building protein. It’s a perfect addition to your breakfast smoothie or post-workout shake.

Bioavailability and Synergism: Works in synergy to bring out the full potential of all the nutrients. No more choking down huge pills and wondering if they are getting absorbed properly. The powder formula of Reliv products gives your body easy access to their nutrients so you get the most out of your supplement.

“You can choose the new whey-based version or the flagship soy-based formula, but either way, you get optimal nutrition from guaranteed quality ingredients,” says Dr. Carl. “Our core nutrition formulas are the cornerstone of your Reliv nutrition.”

You work hard and your nutrition should do the same. Try the new Reliv Now with Whey and order yours today!