Donna Maria is an entrepreneur, mentor, and the founder and CEO of Donna Maria & Co. Under her umbrella company, she leads brands including The Indie Business Network and The Membership Maker, and runs two associated podcasts called The Indie Business Podcast and The Membership Maker Podcast. Additionally, Donna Maria is a member of the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists and writes as a columnist for Small Biz Trends.
Donna Maria joins me today to discuss what it takes to build a lifestyle business and why knowing your desired lifestyle is instrumental in building the brand of your dreams. She shares insights on the importance of brand design and what comes first: the website or the brand. Donna Maria also highlights how customer feedback patterns can help you identify and refine your target customer and how to be discerning when it comes to business coaches who market themselves on social media platforms such as Instagram.
“If your business is about the people you serve, you will have a thriving community.” – Donna Maria
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Here’s what you’ll learn in this episode:
- What Donna Maria defines as a lifestyle business and the initial steps to starting one
- How to create a marketing and sales system that leads to recurring revenue
- The importance of self-awareness in the emergence of your entrepreneurial venture
- Why understanding your customer is essential to gaining recurring revenue
- How to effectively approach designing your brand’s website
- Three things you need to know about your brand as you build it
- How design can help make intangible aspects of your brand more tangible and the importance of images and videos
- Why you shouldn’t rely solely on social media networking to find a business coach and how to “look under the hood” to think critically about these connections
- Advice for building an online community that can lead to recurring revenue and the importance of putting your community first
- The best business advice Donna Maria has ever received
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