Connie Ragen Green – Online Business Success
Many people have influenced both Susanne and I in our walk to online business success but no one does it with more genuine caring, calm demeanor and grace than does our friend, Connie Green.
Because Connie is an excellent teacher and an she is an expert that we want to share with you, we asked her if she would share a little more about herself with us. We think you'll find her answers interesting but even more it's our hope that you check out the places that she shares her information so you can learn from her, too.
She's definitely one of the “secret weapons” that helps us become smarter about running a business online. Check her out. We know you'll love her as much as we do.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started online.
I worked as a classroom teacher for twenty years and loved it very much. Teaching does not pay very well, so from the very beginning I worked as a real estate broker and residential appraiser after school, on the weekends, and during my school vacations.
I did not mind working six or seven days a week because I loved the opportunity to work with the children, but over the years it became more difficult due to my increased health issues. I've had cancer four times now – breast, lung, colon, and skin, as well as a work injury that kept me out of work for about six months.
At age fifty I decided that God had a different plan for me and that I needed to figure out what that was. This led me to discover that I could build a business that could be run from home, and even from my bedroom if I was not well enough to leave and to still be able to pay my bills and other financial obligations with grace and ease.
You were a teacher before venturing into making money online. How did being a teacher help you as and Internet Marketer?
I am still a teacher and feel blessed to be working with students from around the world who want to learn and grow and to change their lives by becoming online entrepreneurs. I believe that my teaching background gives me an edge in that I understand the value of preparing lessons that lead to success.
We both admire how you stay in touch and market to your list so consistently. Hardly a day goes by that we don’t read an email from you. Do you have any tips for (a) mailing so frequently and consistently and (b) how to come up with all the content for the emails?
I've been online nine years this month and have now sent approximately five thousand emails to my lists. My tips are to write from the heart, share as much about yourself as you are comfortable sharing, and always recommend products and courses that have helped you to achieve your own goals. Don't forget to let readers know where they can learn more about you, such as on your blog, your, podcast, your book, and your products and courses.
You have quite a few irons in the fire. You have a blog, a podcast, a live event, coaching programs, products, books, ebooks etc. How do you decide what to work on?
I only work on the projects that I am excited about sharing with my community. Also, I continue to look for projects that will help me to grow as a person and as an entrepreneur.
One of the things we like best about you is how you can connect to each and every one of your readers and students. Any tips for the rest of us?
Reach out to people as though they are your best friend or next door neighbor and be willing to take the time to really hear and understand what they are saying and asking you for. Everyone deserves our time and attention to help them to better their circumstances.
Working for yourself, by yourself can get lonely. Do you have any tips for staying connected and social while spending most of your time working from home?
I knew it could be lonely working from home, so I got involved with local charities from the very beginning. It is impossible to dwell on your problems or to feel sorry for yourself when you are serving others in need.
What’s the one thing that made the difference for you from just dabbling in this affiliate marketing thing to making it big in this industry?
When I saw what a difference other people's products and courses had made in my business I was excited to recommend them to the people who came to me as their trusted adviser. It is impossible for a single individual to create enough products and courses as your community will want access to, and it is your job to make sure to recommend the very best ones to them.
What was the last great book you read, and why was it great?
The last great book I read was The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch.
I've read it four times so far and always get something new out of it each time I spend time reading it.
What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
The most exciting thing I am working on right now is called Write. Publish. Prosper. It is a brand new live training I am teaching, as well as a book of the same name and a live event based on the course and the book that will be held in Los Angeles in the spring of 2015. My students are inspired and motivated by these teachings to create their own successful businesses based on their knowledge and expertise.
Where can we find you online and where can we learn more from you?
You can also listen to Connie on her podcast, Online Marketing Tips
We encourage you to find out more about Connie and we challenge you to learn as much – no, even more – than we have from her! She's one of the good guys!