Are You Working As An Entrepreneur with Faith and Purpose? [INTERVIEW]

Do faith and work mix? This was a question I longed for an answer. How can someone fulfill their life purpose without including their faith? That completely embodies your entire life. How you act on responsibilities, communicate with other people, and provide service stem from what you believe in. I took a long break from my blog because I was stuck… spiritually stuck. I want to help others but something was missing and I lost my blogging ‘groove’. I also felt extremely sick going back and forth to different doctors. With this break, I took time to reflect what I really believed in and started studying like never before. I wondered if I was truly working with faith and purpose or was I just going through the daily motions.

Are you Working as an Entrepreneur with Faith and Purpose?

As I was going through this funk, I found a person who had the same beliefs as me but much more mature spiritually. I was excited to learn from her! Her name is Chamel Evans and I’m not even sure where I met her virtually, perhaps a Facebook group, but I know now God has placed her in my path. There are no coincidences in life. That has been my biggest lesson.

I joined her Facebook group called sheillumininates and we did a group bible study called Discerning the Voice of God. It changed me! I learned how to have a relationship with God that matters and allowing myself to live in obedience. I encourage you to try the bible study, it really is life-changing if you do the work.

If you’re not a Christian, I encourage you to open your mind to why the universe or powers-that-be brought you here. There is a reason for everything and you might find some enlightenment with this post.

No one knows how to bring faith and purpose into entrepreneurship more than Chamel. I had the pleasure of interviewing her so you can learn more about what she does and how she helps people like me.

Read the interview here (more details about Chamel in the written interview below), listen to the interview below or watch the video interview at the end!

Listen to the audio interview (if you don’t have a chance to watch the video):

Interview with Chamel Evans, Faith Mentor

What is your brand mission?

My brand fuses Biblical truth with creative application to help women live anchored in their faith and illuminate their God-given power of influence in their homes, careers, businesses, and communities. I empower Christian women to live out their truest authentic selves, love and influence those in their circle with grace, and break free from mental roadblocks through faith-infused mentoring and design, encouraging products, and actionable resources.

What’s the story behind the mission?

I’m on a mission to change the lives of women – their atmospheres, attitudes, and hearts for the Glory of God. It’s all about celebrating our faith journeys, lives full of faith & massive influence — on God’s terms. This mission was birthed from digging deeper in my own personal faith journey when God started pruning away at some emotional and mental strongholds and showing me the importance of a strong faith core.

It allowed me to see that the freedom and the abundance I so desired wasn’t going to happen until I got real honest with myself and truly surrendered to all the messiness that was going on and just embraced where I was. God wanted me to truly experience walking in victory and to help others do the same. But I had no idea that he was going to use me as a beacon to share His light with other women with the same struggles.

Who do you help?

Christian women (wives, mothers, creatives, and entrepreneurs) who seek clarity, accountability, and strategy to grow in their spiritual walk, overcome mental roadblocks, and chase their calling with fire.

What’s your big goal for this year?

My big goal this year is to simply steward and walk in obedience to what God has called me to do this year in my home ministry, work, health/wellness, business, and at church. It’s all about being focused, intentional, and embracing the journey.

Do you feel satisfied with yourself on a spiritual or purposeful level?

You know…I’m content at where God has me, but the other part is that I’m never satisfied because I’m striving daily to grow deeper in my revelation of God and truly walk in His truth and my purpose. I’m on a journey and I’m learning to embrace the growth, stretching, and pruning because God has called me to His abundance and overflow. So I’m not going to stop working but continue to celebrate the process and expect greater.

How can people get in touch with you?

www.chamelevans.com or on social media with handle @chamelevans.

Video Interview with Chamel Evans

 

Do you live and work with faith and purpose?

What do you think about using your faith in business? Are you comfortable with opening yourself up to having a relationship with God with all things in your life including work as an entrepreneur?

I know I have a lot of questions for you but these are serious life questions. If you’re a Christian and you’re feeling distracted with so many trials in life that you’re drifting away spiritually from Jesus. Please chat with Chamel.

If you’re not a Christian and found this information to be enlightening or intriguing please contact me. I have been on my faith journey for a long time but only until recently, I understand that what I have is not a religion but a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This alone has been worth the journey to keep learning more and share what I’ve learned,

Remember when I said I stopped blogging for a while. I now have a new mission for this blog, learn more on my About page.

I’ll leave you with this scripture verse that resonates within my heart:

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

How to Get Digital Marketing Advice for NonProfits [For Free]

Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was an organization that can help nonprofits with free digital marketing advice? Yes, it would be and I know of one that does just that!

I’m so excited to introduce you to a nonprofit that gives back to nonprofits. Sometimes nonprofits start with a website and a mission but they’re not sure how to get their digital marketing to work or wonder how they can improve their website. Online marketing can get overwhelming and a nonprofit needs to get the word out to their audience in the most efficient way.

Getting advice from digital marketers and web designers cost money and most nonprofits starting out just don’t have the funds. To be able to ask the questions that you need answers to in a professional online setting is an awesome experience, especially knowing that the digital marketing professionals offering up suggestions are volunteers and devoted to helping you.

Let me introduce you to Raul Tiru from GlobalOwls.  I had the pleasure of interviewing him to get the details on GlobalOwls.

Here’s the interview.

Interview with the Pro-Bono Digital Marketing and Web Design NonProfit Organization

What is GlobalOwl’s brand mission?

To empower organizations dedicated to doing good to increase their impact.

To envision a world where all NGOs, nonprofits, charities and social enterprises receive the guidance, the knowledge, and tools they need to increase their impacts on their communities.

What’s the story behind the mission?

Founder Raul Tiru had a long-running dream to start a charity. At the age of 25, he started looking for ways to add significant value to the current NGO sector. Due to his background in marketing, he thought that he could start by assisting charities and NGOs with their marketing strategy and had a plan to start a pro-bono marketing firm to help these great organizations.

It was Raul’s experience at a start-up company, a platform, and his contributions to the book ‘Platform Scale’ that inspired him to grow his original idea of a pro-bono marketing firm into something bigger.

He wanted to give free advice but also wanted to develop a platform where thousands of professionals could share their expertise with hundreds of charitable organizations across the globe and have a much bigger impact. Thus, GlobalOwls was born.

Raul is happy to be able to say that they’re playing the infinite game. They don’t have any time or financial pressure from anyone.

GlobalOwls logo

What’s your goal number of clients/organizations to serve?

To have a significant impact, we would love to see 1,000 marketers and designers helping 1,000 organizations committed to doing good.

To accomplish that goal. we need to learn everything there is to know about our target audiences. That’s the stage we’re in now.

How do you make sure marketers and designers are qualified to help?

We’ve decided to start with a narrow group of professionals, marketers, and designers so that the group would be able to decide which piece of advice are good and which aren’t. We started with this group because I’m also a marketer, so I could do the initial curation.

How many clients/organizations have you served?

About 20. It depends how you look at it. We also do a lot of work behind the scenes.

Question Example in GlobalOwls
Here’s an example of a question you can find on GlobalOwls.


How many professional volunteers help with your mission?

120

If organizations need your help, how can they get started?

The easiest way is to send an email to hi@globalowls.com. We want to make sure organizations are committed to implementing pieces of advice before publishing the questions on GlobalOwls.

If people want to volunteer their marketing and design advice, how can they get started?

We’ve made it easy for people to get started within 2 minutes. Just head over to GlobalOwls.com, select your first question and answer it. Every question you answer helps a nonprofit, charity or social enterprise to become more effective.

What’s your big goal for this year?

I think knowledge is the ultimate power. My big goal is to have thousands of organizations or professionals on board. I think scaling will be fairly easy, once we truly understand the needs of our target group. We hope to learn everything there is to know about them and to provide what’s needed.

And maybe, we’ll also be able to scale significantly this year. Time will tell!

GlobalOwls will leave her footprints. No matter how long it takes. GlobalOwls will not disappear any time soon.

Do you feel that creating GlobalOwls helps satisfy you on a spiritual or purposeful level?
Essentially, you’re impacting non-profits that do good in some sort of way.
Is there a sort peacefulness or satisfaction you feel by having GlobalOwls as a counselor or mentor to these organizations?

It sure does help me feel more fulfilled. I work about 45 hours a week on my regular day job (If you include traveling, that would be more than 55 hours a week). Still, I have more than enough energy to pursue my dream of helping billions of people.

Even without GlobalOwls getting the traction we envision (helping 1,000 organizations a month) we can still have a major impact over the years because we provide guidance so organizations can become more effective in the long-term.

Do you have a nonprofit that needs help digital marketing and web design?

I’m so thrilled to see this nonprofit help other nonprofits!  It’s so easy to volunteer that I’ve already started giving advice on GlobalOwls. If you’re in marketing or design and would like to contribute to a good cause in just a matter of minutes you can help. Visit GlobalOwls and volunteer your advice.

If you have a nonprofit and you’re not sure if your website is working to get the attention of your target audience or you have questions about your social media platforms, then feel free to contact GlobalOwls to get your questions answered.

Let me know if you plan on volunteering or will ask for some help through GlobalOwls in the comments.

 

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3 Ways to Improve Your Email Campaign Strategy

More than any other social media marketing, email marketing campaigns achieve the best results in terms of responses from new and ongoing clients. They deliver focused content to recipients who want to know more about you and your products and services.

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Best Ways to Use Canva and Stencil for Business

Diving in deep on how tools can help business owners is kind of my thing. I tend to research and test things out to check on all of the tool’s capabilities for a lengthy time. When it comes to Canva and Stencil, it’s no exception. I’ve tested and worked in both visual marketing platforms for several years. There are quite a few differences between Canva and Stencil. People always ask which app they should use for their business. I’m going to take you on a tour on how I use both and maybe it will inspire you to create images in a more productive manner.

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A Social Media Marketing Tool for Sharing Visuals – ViralTag (An In-Depth Review)

A Social Media Marketing Tool for Sharing Visuals - ViralTag Review

For small business owners and entrepreneurs, social media becomes a fast friend and/or foe. Social media can open up avenues to so many potential customers, that you can’t help but fall in love with the enormous possibilities to market a business. However as soon as a business hits a stride and obtains impact from social media, they find they need help quickly to keep up with posts and create consistent messaging. The best social media tool that’s been invented is the social media scheduler. Social media scheduling tools make marketing so much easier! Finding the best tool for a business is the best investment of time and money a business owner can make. Today I’m introducing you to ViralTag!

A Social Media Marketing Tool for Sharing Visuals – ViralTag

My favorite social media scheduling tools are ones that take care of visual marketing within their product. Visual marketing has an incredible impact to a business. If images and photos are not within your social media posts, then you’re losing value and customers.

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There are basic needs of a social media scheduling tool: queues, feed access, evergreen/recycle post capability, and automatic/upload images. These are basic areas that a social media marketing tool must have, if they don’t have these capabilities then they’re not worth looking into. ViralTag offers the basics plus some intriguing intermediate marketing tools. Let’s review them!

Queue

ViralTag queue
ViralTag’s queue is easy on the eyes and user-friendly.

The ViralTag queue is where the scheduled posts are set, as you can see with the above image, it’s clear what posts are going out to which platform with the copy and image accordingly. If you need to move things around, it’s a simple drag. You can set your schedule or use their recommended time schedule.

posting schedule in viraltag
Click on the star to get recommended times for posting!

You’ll notice that the Home toolbar is all about the posts: Scheduled Posts, Drafts, Recent Posts, Evergreen Content, Failed Posts, and Posting Schedule. This is where all your posts live. These are all self-explanatory but let me dive into Evergreen Content a bit.

Evergreen Content

Evergreen Content is so very important to a blog. This is content that never gets old and can be used over time. Here are some examples on evergreen content:

Business Blogging

Successful Elements to Blogging

When you find a blog post that’s worth sharing and doesn’t have an expiration date, then simply click on the Evergreen Content button while you’re scheduling. It will then automatically post in your queue and you can designate how often you’d like to share it within days. Remember, you don’t want to annoy anyone with the same post over and over again!

Evergreen Content Button in ViralTag
Just a click of a button!

It’s a click of a button to recycle content. This comes in so handy!

Curating Content

To curate content into your social media schedule, you can use the Feeds access or the Chrome extension. What I love about the Feeds section is that you can see the images that go along with the post. I have to admit at times I had issues with the feed, however ViralTag has awesome customer service. You can contact them with the little chat box on the lower right hand corner of the screen and they check into the situation immediately. Feeds can be act quirky anyway no matter what tool I use.

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The Chrome extension is amazing! When you find an article you’d like to share just click on the ViralTag icon, and it will present the images for the post to schedule. Super fast and easy.

Let’s Explore

The Explore section of ViralTag is the most intriguing section, as it’s where you can find tons of popular images to pin.

Explore in Viraltag to pin images to Pinterest.
Find images on every topic to pin directly from the scheduler.

This is pretty neat since typically you’d have to use another tool for Pinterest pins or go directly into Pinterest to pin. ViralTag is a one-stop shop to post to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. The images that are in the Explore section can easily be scheduled to all the platforms (of course, be selective on what you share on LinkedIn, since it is a professional network site).

Reporting

Another bonus on ViralTag is the reporting system. It connects with Google Analytics and provides a traffic report for all platforms. It will also let you know what the best times are to post. There is a special section just for Pinterest analytics and a main Analytics area for all platforms. Since I recently started using ViralTag again, I haven’t had a chance to really analyze my data with the reports but it looks impressive.

Images

This is main visual marketing aspect of ViralTag! The import capabilities of images into the system to use on scheduling posts.

Import images into ViralTag
Take a look on the left side! Import images from Dropbox, Drive, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Once you have selected images for your post, you can crop them with the Enhance option if needed, otherwise it’s ready to share.

Scheduling images in ViralTag
Click on the star to enhance the image to crop it (if need be).

The only disadvantage I’ve found with their scheduled posts, is that you cannot change the image once it’s in the queue. That’s the only sticky part of scheduling that I’m not too crazy about. I’d like to be able to switch out images quickly. So in order to test out multiple images, you have to create separate posts for each image. It’s not that big of a deal but there are some programs that allow that image access during the edit process, which really smooths the process.

Recap on ViralTag

Let’s review the pros and cons of ViralTag! ViralTag does provide a rich visual marketing experience to schedule social media posts. It really depends on the needs of an individual or small business owner. If Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter are all part of a business’ social media strategy then ViralTag is definitely a wonderful tool to use.

Pros:

  • The user interface is appealing and user-friendly.
  • Access to different image sources.
  • The queue is easy to access and self-explanatory.
  • Evergreen content can be recycled with a click of a button.
  • Management of schedule is easy.
  • Super easy access to curate content with the browser extension.
  • Feeds access with visuals.
  • Pinterest images readily available to pin or schedule to other platforms.

Cons:

  • Feeds area was a bit quirky (that happens with other programs as well).
  • Scheduled posts cannot be edited to switch out image.

Overall, I feel ViralTag is a top-notch social media scheduling tool that would work great for bloggers of all niches, small businesses, and solopreneurs.

Have you tried ViralTag yet? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Take care,

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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, however ViralTag has provided me with a free trial period to provide an honest review.