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How to Adopt ERP Software and Services into a Blog Business

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ERP software is changing the way companies operate and do business. If you’re at all involved in the business world, you’ve probably at least heard of ERP. Essentially, ERP is software that integrates all your organization’s departments into one convenient place, allowing for more efficient, accurate and informed workflows. While you’ve possibly learned a bit about the benefits of implementing ERP software, you may still be wondering about the challenges of ERP adoption or even how you might be able to use such technology with a content based-business or blog?

As with any major change in protocol, switching over to an ERP will have its rough spots. Here are a few of the difficulties you might encounter when adopting an ERP system for your business.

Choosing the Right ERP for Your Business

Since so many businesses are demanding ERP software to help make them run better, there has been a proliferation of companies offering ERP services. Choosing the right ERP for your business will take your organization to new levels of productivity. However, there are several things you should consider before determining which service is the best fit.

  • Your Company’s Size and Plans for Future Growth – There can be major differences between ERP platforms that cater to large, medium or small businesses. Make sure the service you choose is right for your organization and its future.
  • The Content Marketing and Services Provided – Not all businesses and services are the same. With this in mind, depending on the type of services, marketing and business model you have in place, an ERP can be used in different ways. In reference to a blog-based business, ERP platforms can help with the connectivity of not only content creation, but also how to connect with other team members and make sure the promotion of your content is moving smoothly.
  • Make Sure You Can Afford It – Some ERP software is significantly more expensive than other versions. While it’s likely that ERP will save your company money once it’s implemented, make sure there’s not a less expensive option that also offers similar features. Since most bloggers and content marketing services might be working with a lower budget, it’s important to consider all options before moving forward with a longterm contract.
  • Determine What Features Are Necessary – Most organizations will benefit from a cloud ERP. What is cloud ERP, and what makes it different from on-premise ERP? Essentially, cloud ERP allows users to access the system from anywhere with an Internet connection, as all information and data is stored to the cloud. This can be beneficial to businesses that need to have remote or field workers.

Just like there are many different types of web hosting plans for a business, there are different ERP solutions for businesses of all sizes as well. Making sure you go with the right plan and provider on day one will help in avoiding any problems and frustrations down the road.

Team On-Boarding Must Be Done in Phases

Unless you’re beginning with an ERP on day one of running your content marketing or blogging business, ERP software can’t be introduced all at once. For a mature company that’s operating at or near full capacity, it’s not possible to entirely shut down for days or weeks at a time to implement a new ERP. In most cases, such a huge decision won’t be a problem for most blogs — as it’s usually just a focus of content creation, marketing and the business of advertising and monetizing such content.

Since ERP software is involved in pretty much every aspect of an organization, it’s simply not logistically possible to on-board everything and everyone in one massive migration. This could potentially lead to disaster if employees are at all hesitant about learning the new protocol. It also takes time to move all the data from old, scattered sources onto the new ERP. Any hiccups in this process could cause huge problems for the daily operations of a business. With communication softwares like Slack and Trello making the process of connecting team members together under one platform, integrating such methods during the ERP transition process can also be of great value.

This all leads back to the fact that adopting a new ERP—due to its complexity and intensity—isn’t something you’re going to do over a weekend. Depending on the size and scope of the business, moving to a new ERP can take years.

Preparing Your Blogging Team for ERP Adoption

It can’t be understated that getting your staff ready for this massive change will make the whole process go much smoother. It’s likely that there will be resistance to change from at least some of your employees. Make sure they understand the reasoning behind moving to an ERP, and then help them adapt to the new ways of operating.

Your staff and blog writing team will also likely change once your ERP is fully implemented. Not only will some jobs become obsolete (such as daily/weekly meetings, cross communications of content planning and marketing solutions) due to certain automated abilities of ERP software, you will likely also have to add some positions to keep the ERP functioning at all times. Make sure you figure out these necessary changes before the new system goes live.

There are many reasons for businesses to adopt ERP software—as it can help reduce costs and boost productivity over the long run. However, it’s important to know there will also be challenges to adopting ERP. Identifying these ahead of time will save your organization a significant amount of time and money.

Srish Agrawal is an entrepreneur, branding consultant, and angel investor. He is also the Founder & CEO of A1 Future Technologies, which includes sites like Logo Design Team and Infographic Design Team, and has helped over 25,000 clients improve how they look online.

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How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product

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Ship. Publish.

Promote the heck out of the product. Unearth fears. Feel fears. See fears come true. Release fears. Sell your product. More and more folks buy your product only if you face, feel and release fears aligned with the product. If you hold the fears ya ain’t selling the product. Even if you publish a blogging product – like my blogging course – and sell it for a little bit you will not generate big sales until you fail enough to finally feel fears triggered by failure. Feeling fears clears fears which clears resistance which helps you inspire more people to buy the product.

Getting over this fear is messy. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete loser? Nope. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete fraud, or huckster, or embarrassed or ashamed? Nope. You hate trying so hard and then, no freaking people buy the course you promoted 10,000 times but doing so and feeling fears triggered simply makes it easy to promote the product, because feeling and getting over the fear makes you promote the product like you breathe. Being in that space, plenty of people see the product and more folks buy the product.

I promoted my blogging course to the tune of 8,000 page views before someone bought it. 8000 page views was nothing. I had to clear fear-resistance during the 8,000 page views to show the world how fun, freeing and inspired this course was. Fear cleared, more people bought it at 10 times the initial price versus the initial cheapy price. Raising the price ten fold? Yep; another fear for me to conquer. But I did it, and far more people bought it at $350 than at $36. See how funny fear works? You fear something, refuse to feel the fear, and struggle. But feeling the fear and doing it anyway leads to increasing success. Buy the course for a fun, entertaining, inspired blogging guide. Tis the season for celebration and joy and love and fun, helpful blogging courses.

I have no tips for nudging into fear save meditating and doing yoga frequently. Following each habit expands your awareness which helps you become intimately aware of your fears, so you can feel fears and release fears. Feels rough but this is part of the blogging journey if you want to get over the fear of selling your stuff. Hey; do you want to hurt people, mislead people or lie to people with your blogging product? No? Then just sell the thing already. Ship it. Publish it. Fear is so insidious. Fear makes you do what you do not want to do, if you trust fear. Fear causes you to tune into an alternate, illusory universe, where nothing is true and everything is lies, smoke and mirrors. Do you really want to take that road? I did not think so.

All I can do is be a cheerleader. You need to be the athlete on the court, not the fan on the sidelines. Get on the court. Publish your product. Promote your product. You will eventually face, feel and release all the fears you need to release to become a successful blogger and to sell your product successfully, too. Get in the game. People will buy your product when you get clear on it.

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Pro Blogging Tip: Release Expectations

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Am I asking you to be a Blogging Buddha? Nope. Not really. No one save enlightened beings completely releases expectations but us mere mortals clinging some to a worldly life can largely release expectations, to become successful and to enjoy the blogging journey. 10 minutes ago, I checked my email. I received a few. I clearly make it difficult to get in touch with me through email because I want to give most attention and energy to building a passive income empire. Every second I spend in email, I could be spending creating content and building connections. Knowing this, it feels good to receive few emails because it helps me scale and move forward from an abundant energy.

Unfortunately, most bloggers have heavy expectations when it comes to receiving email. Bloggers expect a chock filled inbox, with all types of clients, Paypal payments and sponsored post deals. What happens if you get 3 emails daily, all responses to comments? Your expectations not being met levels you, depressing you, making you sad, sapping your energy. If you expect some sweet outcome and reality is not delivering you the outcome to fulfill the expectation, you eventually lose your blogging motivation and quit. Or you make the massive mistake of quitting after seeing your expectations fall short, then, you begin blogging again, quit again after expectations are unfulfilled, and you suffer through this vicious cycle until you fail and quit for good.

Release expectations. Begin blogging with an intent to live your dreams but let go the anchor of expectation because either you feel hopeless after not getting what you expected or you feel average when expectations line up or you feel super high and excited after exceeding expectations, leading to an imminent crash after your emotions settle down. Expectations are anchors, pulling you down, holding you back, preventing meteoric blogging growth. I expect little to nothing blogging-wise because my day is about having fun helping people to blog successfully. I cannot go wrong whether I sell a copy of my blogging course or not because I have no expectations; I just promote the course in a seeming billion places (coming soon) and leave things at that.

If anything, allow a little part of yourself to desire some expectation but make it tiny. Why? If the expectation does not come true quickly, you will keep blogging from an energetic, relaxed, abundant vibe, positioning yourself to succeed. Harboring wee expectations means you remain unstirred if the expectations do not manifest; no crushed, hopeless feeling. Meanwhile, most bloggers with grand, wild expectations often slam into tons of resistance because no spectacular dream comes through and manifest overnight. Living your dream life through blogging requires years and thousands upon thousands of hours of generous service.

Blog for an absolute love of blogging. Be passionate about the blogging process. Release largely on outcomes because weighing yourself down with expectations slows you down. Imagine desiring big blogging bucks only to see an empty inbox for the next 3 months? 90 plus days, zero dollars. After the 90th day, most bloggers quit blogging for good, because they came up so short on their expectations, being frustrated, disgusted, and tired of wasting their time.

Fall in love with the process – not outcomes – to fuel yourself for your blogging journey.

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Are You Trying to Rank or Help People?

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Check the intent behind your blogging actions. What are your drivers? Some bloggers desperately want to rank, to place articles on page 1 of Google, to drive sweet, passive search engine traffic. Good luck with that. Nobody succeeds ranking until you give virtually all of your attention and energy to helping people with your blogging efforts. The rank comes after the generous help and that generous help often spans years of your life because developing page 1 Google skills is no joke. If it were easy, everybody would rank on page 1, right?

But you would be surprised by how many folks struggle blogging because the focus on rank over help dominates their minds. I never fell afflicted to this common limiting belief because I give scant attention to ranking on Google. Most of me could care less. I help people through my guest posts, blog posts, course and eBooks. My intent is to help people not to try to get traffic and money through manipulating things. Be honest about the big difference between the two because making this shift will improve your life tremendously, along with positioning you to experience increasing blogging success.

Focus heavily on people and little on things to discover the secret of blogging success. Bloggers succeed by generously helping human beings for sustained periods of time. Imagine some blogger who appears to be all over their blogging niche. Study this individual. Guaranteed, this bloggers generously helped people for years, hours daily, through multiple methods of helping people. Imagine guest posting, blogging, broadcasting live on Facebook and podcasting. See how the top bloggers always seem to be assisting people from a generous, genuine energy? Be that person. The tops never obsess over ranking because doing so attaches you to outcomes. Attach to outcomes. Feel fear. Attachment is fear. Any time you blog from a vibe of fear, you will struggle, fail and quit eventually. Top bloggers feel fears but release the energies versus panicking and bailing on generously helping readers. Everybody else panics, bails and tries to manipulate things to get traffic and money, failing horribly over the long haul.

Nobody gets ahead trying to manipulate things because money flows through humans mainly, then, through things which act as receiving channels. Imagine if I sell a copy of my blogging course. Generously helping human beings instills trust in the person who bought my course. Money flows from them to me through Selz, and my bank account, from their credit card or bank account. The things – Selz, bank accounts – are receiving channels, facilitating the sending and receiving of money, but generous service and trust put the financial transaction into action.

Stop trying to rank before all else because dealing with things solely – SEO and Google – moves you out of the realm of reality, into thing-ality. Bloggers who succeed keep helping folks generously and keep promoting themselves, realizing the things are just tools humans use to connect with each other, to help each other and to prosper each other. Focus on helping humans, not trying to rank on page 1 of Google, to uncover the secret to successful blogging….and to uncover the secret of ranking on page 1 of Google.

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