Are you ready to start your dream business in 2014?

Here’s How SmallBizLady Can Help….

Have you been thinking about quitting your job for years? Are you tired of worrying about whether or not you’ll even have a paycheck next week? Have you been working a side hustle that you really want to turn into your main source of income?

Finally, here’s the support you need to develop your business so that you can put the fear and hesitation behind you and pursue your dream business.

I developed the Emerson planning system after watching too many entrepreneurs with great business ideas go out of business due to poor planning. They had no life plan, not enough emergency savings, no clear customer, and were not strong networkers. How to plan before quitting your job has everything to do with whether or not you succeed in business. 7 in 10 small business owners are out of business in less than two years. Do not let this happen to your dream.

Let me walk you step-by-step through my system to transition from employee to small business owner.  With my coaching, you’ll develop a plan for a sustainable and profitable small business. You supply the energy, the idea, the elbow grease–and I’ll supply the plan.

Welcome to the Become Your Own Boss Mastermind Group

The Become Your Own Boss Mastermind Group is a 6-week coaching program that takes you step-by-step through the Emerson Planning System to start a small business. I’ve developed this system after years of working with business owners on how to best use their professional skills, passion, and experience to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. The materials for this class work in tandem with my book bestselling book Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months; and the workbook Are You Ready to Become Your Own Boss?

“The perfect companion for those planning to go out on their own. Melinda delivers first hand practical advice on how to be the successful entrepreneur.”

Kenneth L. Shropshire
David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of Business
of Pennsylvania

This coaching program focuses each week on a specific element of the Emerson Planning System. Your homework will enable you to think through the critical steps needed to start a sustainable small business. The classes are conducted via software that will enable you to listen by phone or over the internet.  All classes will be recorded, so if you miss one, you can easily get the recordings to stay on task.

At the end of the 6-weeks you’ll leave the class with a written ACTION PLAN to start your small business.

During these 6-weeks, I’m going to give you small business tips and tools that will reduce your learning curve as you plan to start your entrepreneurial venture. My Emerson Planning System gives you the inside track to start a business the right way.

Here’s the course breakdown:

WEEK 1: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 @ 7:00 pm, EST
Focus: Class Overview and Intros
We’ll go over what to expect during the course. Each participant will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their basic business concept. This is important as you’ll be learning from each other as the class goes along. Knowing each other’s businesses will help with discussion.
WEEK 2: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm, EST
Focus: Developing Your Life Plan
This class will help you get clear about what you want out of life and determine what you will and won’t do, so that you can build a business that is a good business for you. My life planning process will enable you to develop a vision for your life as an entrepreneur, which will make your business concept easier to implement.
WEEK 3: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 @ 7:00 pm, EST
Focus: Your Financial Plan
The money to start your business will come from your right or left pocket. This class will help you develop a personal financial inventory and budget to get to the bottom of what YOU should be doing to get yourself ready to no longer get a regular paycheck. The best way to transition from your job to small business ownership is to get your money straight first. 
WEEK 4: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 7:00 pm, EST
Focus: Define Your Niche Business
Many start-up entrepreneurs make the mistake of trying to go after too broad a market. If you try to sell to just anyone with money–you’re going to struggle in business. And, you will not be known for anything. I’ll show you how to develop a niche market for your business and you’ll determine your signature move. The class will also help you determine what skills you have and what skills you need to learn to run your particular business.
WEEK 5: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 7:00 pm, EST
Focus: Your Marketing Plan
The most important element of a good marketing plan is defining your target market customer. I’ll also help you develop your marketing budget and goals.  We’ll discuss Features vs. Benefits and go over the 4 P‘s of Marketing: Product, Price, Promotion, and Placement and strategic networking. We’ll learn about The Give to Get Principle and create a 90-day networking plan that will help reconnect and build up quality contacts as you prepare to start your business.
WEEK 6: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm, EST
Focus: Wrap Up & Action Plan
We’ll walk you through the steps to complete your business plan and talk about exactly what your next steps should be to put your plan into motion to start your business the right way. We’ll also recap the course and set you on your path to running your dream business.. 

Don’t forget, if you need to miss a class, all the classes will be recorded and you’ll have easy access to the recordings.

Each class will offer plenty of time for Q&A as well. You’ll be able to ask as many specific questions as you like.

At the end of the 6-weeks, you’ll leave the class with a written ACTION PLAN to start your small business. Being a member of the Become Your Own Boss Mastermind Group also qualifies you for discounts on SmallBizLady’s one-on-one coaching services.

What Does It Cost?

The investment in the program is $997, including a copy of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months and all class materials, group calls and recordings, and the Free Gift.

(Note: Private sessions with me are $5000/hour.)

Whether newly unemployed or sick of corporate America, those longing to start a small business, with the Become Your Own Boss Mastermind Group can follow their dreams.

Here’s an itemized list of what you’re getting….

  • Each class is a 60-90 minute working call
  • Live 30 minute QA on every call
  • An autographed copy of Become Your Boss in 12 Months
  • Convenient classes available via phone and Internet
  • Unlimited email access to SmallBizLady for feedback on homework
  • Access to all the class recordings
  • Step-by-step outline to create your own action plan to start your business!
  • Discounts on SmallBizLady’s one-on-one coaching services
  • Recommendations on start-up tools that will save you time and money
  • A special FREE gift worth $197

Still Have Questions???

Feel free to contact me at or @SmallBizLady with any questions!

To your business success,