New Year Goal Of Serving Clients

Back From My New Year Holiday

walk500After all the pre-Christmas festivities I needed a holiday away to recover from the holidays, and to burn off some calories!

Line-dancing and walking along the sea front in Bournemouth (UK) were just what the doctor ordered, and I cannot believe how lucky we were with the beautiful weather.

This is January in the UK!! Amazing 🙂

My friends and I were well wrapped up, but look at that blue sky! The sea was calm and the sun was bright. At the cafe I even chose an ice-cream instead of a coffee because I was so warm.

On our daily walks we did over 11,000 steps a day (according to my phone's counter) and that was before the evening's line-dancing started!

Where My Internet Career Started

imcareerbegan-c-400Heading along the sea-front, memories started coming back when I saw the large brick conference centre shown here on the right.

That conference centre in Bournemouth was where my Internet Marketing aspirations were ignited.

I'd seen one of “those” adverts, where for ONLY $100 you can have a 3-day Internet Coaching weekend.

Each coaching session was more fascinating than the last one – to the extent that in the “stampede” at the end – to buy the “strictly limited conference package”….. there I was, along with all the other “wannabees”….. laden down with more courses (yes, physical files) than I could carry to the car. But the sales guys helped me carry them of course!

A Year Later It Could Have Ended

To cut a long story short….. no, I didn't become a millionaire working just 10 hours a week – and even their top man couldn't wring a profit out of a PPC campaign to sell the fruits of my labours. (An ebook about migraine.)

Frankly it was all a bit of a disaster and after slogging away for about a year I faced the miserable facts about that project. I wonder what happened to all the other hopefuls from that Bournemouth conference?

There has to come a point when you stop wasting your time and kidding yourself that something can ever work.

On reflection, the training that was sold to me HAD worked “once-upon-a-time” – maybe a couple of years earlier. But things online change so fast that methods and projects quickly get out-dated.

Despite my disappointment I was left with a sense that making money online COULD be possible. I've never been able to let go of that feeling, and – stubborn to the last – have continued the hunt, with the usual highs and lows that all online marketers will experience. Still I believe that to be an Internet Marketer you need to invest in yourself and your business for the best possible chance of success.

Make money free does NOT work. If it did, I would have found it by now!

Yes, I learned a lot from that first course (on producing your own online product) – but not enough to cover the cost of the coaching 🙁

Perhaps what I missed at the time was that “THEN” it was all about “ME” and how much money I could make…. rather than thinking of serving clients, which SHOULD be the goal of any business.

Serving Clients Is In My Genes

I smack my wrists to think I forgot that, because “serving customers well” was drummed into me as soon as I was tall enough to see over the shop counter of the family business. Here's my training:

The customer is always right – especially when they are wrong

Earl Nightingale and Being A Servant

The great Earl Nightingale had this to say about the rewards of service:

So whether you are a network marketer or a blogger or a shopkeeper, remember that your goal is to serve your clients, and success will follow.

How Will You Serve Your Clients In 2017?

Enough about me – over to you….

In the comments below, please share ideas as to how you will be serving clients in 2017.

Joy Healey

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Deborah A. Ten Brink - January 8, 2017

Hello, Joy! Happy New Year!

I so appreciate how much of your authentic self you shared with us in this post. It really helps to “go along on the journey” with you. Life can be very challenging but if you prepare for it and stay committed, there are no limits!

Look what you’ve accomplished! I’m so happy for you. I predict 2017 will be your best year in a long time. You deserve it!


    Joy Healey - January 8, 2017

    Happy New Year Deborah,

    I was certainly challenged in mid-2106, that’s for sure. But I guess I’m just a stubborn old soul.

    However, the 2016 challenges were worthwhile as they were stepping stones on the route towards TPS ecommerce stores. SO far 2017 has been the best for a long time, and I’m certainly more focused now than I ever have been before.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Donna Merrill - January 8, 2017

Hi Joy,

Wow girl what a great article! I liked the way you shared your life from before the internet.

You have been through the hoops and know from experience exactly what you want. I am so glad you are doing it. You are kind and giving which makes you a strong leader for your team.



    Joy Healey - January 8, 2017

    Hi Donna,

    It was funny how I’d forgotten that Bournemouth was where “it” all started 🙂 Yes, there really was a life before Internet, although I barely remember it now.

    I’ve certainly been through a few hoops – and so have some of the people in my team – so it’s very important to me that I help them to the best of my abilities with TPS.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Chery Schmidt - January 10, 2017

Hello Joy! Loved this post! Wowsy Girlfriend! You have done an AMAZING Job and I am so proud of you.. 2017 Here we come..

Thanks for sharing
Love Ya
Chery :))

    Joy Healey - January 11, 2017

    Hey Chery,

    Thanks for your good thoughts – seems like we both hit the jackpot for 2017 🙂

    Good for you too !

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Amar kumar - January 10, 2017

Hey Joy,

Glad to read your wonderful experience with this post. You always come with your post to teach some effective lessons. In order to attract our ideal client we need to start thinking about their real world terms. In this year, we need to think about better strategies which really provide us better result. Eventually, thanks for sharing your worthy thought with us.

With best wishes,

Amar kumar

    Joy Healey - January 15, 2017

    Hi Amar,

    Problem solving for customers has to be at the heart of any successful marketing campaign.

    As you say, this involves putting ourselves in their shoes – seeing the world through their eyes, so we can offer relevant problem solutions.

    Putting customers first is the perfect solution to online business.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Mi Muba - January 12, 2017

Hi Joy

Lovely post indeed and shows how passionately you are serving your clients.

In job our boss is right; while in business our every client is right. So we need to help solve their problems the way they want. People could buy anything from anywhere but real marketers are those where people buy from happily.

I plan to offer my services at the doorstep (inbox) of my blog readers by building my email list more robustly and doing email marketing to benefit them more.

Many thanks for sharing this well thought-out and well written post.

Have a super successful rest of the week

    Joy Healey - January 15, 2017

    Hi Mi Muba

    You’re right – solving problems is the mission of every marketer.

    Having gone through those problems of starting an online business (and come out still standing) I feel very qualified to help out those who are prepared to listen.

    Have a great weekend.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Debnath - January 15, 2017

Happy New Year Joy, Good luck with your plans ahead. I think is the best time of the year to make some commitments and run after the target.

    Joy Healey - January 15, 2017

    Hi Debnath,

    Yes, the last quarter of 2016 was a time of making new commitments and – half way through January, I’m moving in the right direction again.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

ikechi - January 15, 2017

Hi Joy

You sure know how to make your posts interesting with your life stories. Just look at what you have achieved in 2016. You are sure going to rock in 2017.

Your story about how you came across Internet marketing just relates with everyone. Thumbs up and thanks for sharing your insight. Take Care

    Joy Healey - January 16, 2017

    Thanks Ikechi,

    There were times mid 2016 when it seemed a bit rough, but I ended it on a high – and 2017 has got off to a great start.

    It’s funny – when I knew I was going to Bournemouth it hadn’t occurred to me that’s where I “started out”…. but then I saw the building and it all came flooding back. Gave me a smile 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Elise Cohen Ho - January 15, 2017

Thank you for sharing your life reflections with us. There are great lessons here.

    Joy Healey - January 16, 2017

    Thanks Elise,

    I’m glad you found them interesting.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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