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I was recently asked how to go about adding credit card processing to a website (specifically adding a donations button). Since I just typed up my response, I thought I would also add my answer here on my blog in case some of you have the same question.

A simple and fast way to add credit card processing to your website is to use PayPal. A Paypal button on your site will allow your visitors to pay money to you online in a secure way. A Paypal button can be placed on a personal or business website.

Since the question specifically asked about accepting donations, this article will focus on adding a Paypal donation button to your site.

Step 1: Go to Paypal's official web page, PayPal.com.

Step 2: From the Home Page, click on sign-up to begin the process.
Note: You will need to set up a specific type of account with PayPal in order to be eligible to receive donations. Paypal offers various account options. If you are a non-profit organization, individual business owner or company, you must apply for a Premier or Business account in order to add a donation option to your site. Personal PayPal accounts are not eligible for dontation buttons.

Step 3: Select either a Premier or Business PayPal account. The premiere account is for individuals and the business account is for companies or group names.

Step 4: Fill out the requested fields for the account that you chose, and agree to the terms and conditions.

Step 5:  Apply for the payment process you prefer. If selecting a business PayPal account, pick a "payment solution" from the drop down menu, and then complete the process by selecting your business type and providing other requested information such as business name, address and telephone number. Click "continue" to process your request.

Step 6:  Wait for verification of your account. PayPal will verify and either approve or deny the premier or business account within a few days. Once approved, you (or your web developer) can create and install a donation button on your web site so that you can begin to accept donations.

That is it! Now all you have to do is encourage your visitors to use your donations button to send in their donations.

 

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

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Happy New Year from WebDesignsByMichelle!

I just wanted to take a moment to say Happy New Year!  

I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season. Thanks for a wonderful year in 2011, and I look forward to seeing you in 2012.

Wishing you all the best in 2012 and may this year be your best year yet!

 

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Do Not Wait; The Time Will Never Be Just Right

Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. – Napoleon Hill

The quote above makes a good point: the time will never be just right. If you are putting off something until tomorrow that needs to be done today, you are procrastinating. Tomorrow is not promised. Go after your dreams today. Do not let fear hold you back.

To Your Online Success!

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Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is a process; working together is success.

- Henry Ford

 

Whether you own a business, work in a ministry or are in a personal relationship, it is important to work together in order to accomplish your goals. If we are not willing to compromise and see things from the other person’s perspective, we will never be able to work together successfully. We must come together in honesty, work together with clear goals in mind, and have respect for one another. If we can do this, everybody wins!

Have a blessed day everyone!

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Quote For the Day for Entrepreneurs

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the ones that you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

- Mark Twain

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I can recall a childhood moment back in North Carolina. I was in the 5th or 6th grade. I was very excited to be taking an advanced computer class. It was the 1st day of class and the teacher informed us that there would be an upcoming assignment that day. I was eager to find out what the assignment would be.

The teacher asked everyone in the class to write a simple program using the BASIC programming language that would animate an object to move across the page.  How do you make an object move across the page? I wondered. This is going to be one long day. :(

I started to hear little fingers typing. I looked around the classroom at the other students and it seemed like EVERYONE had already logged on to their computers and started coding.

The next moment was the darkest moment of the day for me…

Above all that was going on, I realized that I did not know how to turn on a computer.  Where was the power button? I looked under the computer…to the right….to the left….everywhere.  This was very embarrassing, to say the least.

To make a long story short, I figured out how to get the computer turned on that day. lol

By the end of the day, I had completed my 1st animation project on a computer. (Yaay!) I figured out how to create a fish-like object, and yes I sent that baby soaring across the computer screen. (lol) :)

After making it over my biggest hurdle of the 5th grade, I couldn't wait to get home to tell my mom and dad that I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up – and it was no longer a nurse. I told them that I wanted to work with computers. I had a dream that I would one day own my own computer company.

Well, I guess I learned to overcome obstacles and get past my fear at an early age.

Later I graduated from college with a dual degree in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems. I started my career in Corporate America designing computer systems for companies like Pricewaterhouse, IBM and Dow Chemical.

After 16 years (and still an entrepreneur at heart), I decided to step out on faith in 2007 and launch my own computer consulting business, Millennium Professional Consulting, Inc. It has since expanded to include Branding, Web Design, Consulting, and Book & Magazine Publishing.

So I say dare to dream! Your dreams can turn into reality if you keep the faith. My motto in life is… "If You Can Dream It, You CAN Achieve it!!"

If you can dream it, you CAN achieve it!

Your Thoughts

What childhood moment positively shaped your future? I would love to hear from you, so please share your thoughts or comments below by clicking on the hyperlink that says "leave your comment" or "leave a reply".

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Entrepreneurs Can Change The World

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Over the past few years, I’ve spent a bit of time reflecting on my business and how I can become a better entrepreneur. As a result, I plan to periodically post something here on my blog on the subject of entrepreneurship.

Almost everyone I encounter lately, is an entrepreneur or have a desire to be an entrepreneur. I have heard it said that home ownership is the “American Dream”. Well I now believe that owning a business is the “new” American Dream.

All of us have not been called to be entrepreneurs, but for some of us, it is our calling. It is our passion. And for some, it is your purpose in life.

How many of you reading my blog today want to start your own small business, a corporation, or even a 5013C?

Many of you have already done just that. Some of us have the desire to build something that we can call our own. Just remember, you are not in it alone.

There is a community of people here (and is steadily growing) that share  your same interest, and I am always here and available to provide you support as well.

One of the keys to a successful business is exposure. So a blog or website, and social media outlets (like Facebook or Twitter) are a good place to start.

Another one of my objectives over the next several weeks is to help you stay motivated. Perseverance is the key to success during the start-up phase of a new business. So never give up on your dreams!

Finally, if you are like me, you have so many ideas that you want to implement that there are times that you don’t know where to start.

Well let me share a personal tip with you that has helped me tremendously in my business, and even in my personal life as well.

Take the time to write down your thoughts and ideas in a journal or any place that you can keep your mental notes. Then turn those notes into the appropriate deliverables.

Let me give you a practical example. After writing down your your thoughts and ideas, you could then turn them into goals. After that, you would convert those goals into a business plan or marketing plan. Or for some that have a book in your spirit, you would be turning your mental notes into an outline for your book or start working on the book proposal. Whatever you do, just keep writing and documenting your thoughts!

Give it a try for 3 weeks and see what happens. Leave me a comment and let me know how this works for you.

In the meantime, if you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out the video that I found a while back on YouTube and use it as motivation to get started. You can play the video at the beginning of this article, or click here. Enjoy!

To Your Entrepreneurial Success,
Michelle

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I didn’t write a lengthy article for today, just a quick thought to ponder.

“Preparation is the key ingredient that positions you for success. You may not realize it now, but what you do today will be the building blocks for your future. Focus on the important things that enhance your skill set, stop doing those things that are not working for you, and become all that you were destined to be!”
J. Michelle Martin

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Serving Others – A Rewarding Path to Success


Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others.  Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me? - Brian Tracy


The Most Rewarding Path to Success is to Serve Others

I was a Management Consultant for over a decade and have been an entrepreneur / self-employer for almost three years.  It has been a very rewarding experience for me.

Many people tend to think that being an entrepreneur is the quickest way to success.  I am not sure that I totally subscribe to this theory.

In actuality, entrepreneurship is not for everybody.

But, if you feel that you are being led in this direction, I believe that you have to make it about others in order to succeed at it.

I have found that no matter what your business, job, ministry or occupation is – the more you give, the more you get in return. Basically, you reap what you sow. The most rewarding path to success in entrepreneurship (and really life in general) is to serve others.

Make it your business to serve others.

Most great businesses are rooted in the concept of providing exceptional customer service or serving others.  If you are interested in starting a successful business, I recommend you start by finding a way to serve others.

One of my God-given talents is the gift of creativity.  In my spare time I love to Scrapbook, play the piano and write songs & poetry.  It is something that I enjoy and it comes natural to me.

As a result, when I decided to leave “corporate America” and become an entrepreneur, one of the first areas that I gravitated toward was Web Design and Development. This industry allows me to exercise my creative side and serve others.

So, as you set new goals for your business or if you are in the start-up phase of a new business – seriously think about what you can do to serve others.  Whether it is starting a car wash, a restaurant, or a financial planning agency – put people first and success will follow.

A successful entrepreneur is a Servant Leader.

Every entrepreneur should strive to be a “servant leader” which means that your primary goal is to serve others.  When an entrepreneur puts people first, I guarantee that your business will see a vast improvement in achieving results.

There are 3 characteristics of an entrepreneur who is committed to serving others. They are as follows:

  1. Be a good listener
    Do not be too busy that you miss an opportunity to help others.  Take the time to listen to your customers or prospects, not just the words coming out of their mouth, but the emotions that they are conveying.  Sometimes if you listen with a caring heart, you will find an area where your business can be a blessing to others through a service or product that they may need.
  2. Have a good heart
    You must have a servant’s heart in order to be an entrepreneur that is committed to serving others.  A person with the heart of a servant will empathize with others. Once you hear the person’s story, you have to be able to put yourself in their place.  After you have listened to their need and made an emotional connection, now all you have to do is find a solution that will help or resolve the problem.
  3. Be a good steward
    In a basic sense, a steward is a manager; one who manages time, money or talent.  We should strive to be a good steward over the gifts or skills that we are blessed with.  Some of you may have the “gift” of influence.  This skill is often necessary to be an entrepreneur.  So, use it to do “good”.  Many of our natural skills can be used for the good of others or to the detriment of others if used in a negative way.  Let’s choose to use our gifts to make our business a blessing to others.

Many of us have a desire to be successful.  I stand by what I said at the beginning of this post, the most rewarding path to success is to serve others.

There are other things that you need to do to achieve your goals – like creating an awesome product that people want to buy, hard work and dedication.  But while you are on the journey to success, why not help others along the way.

I know this post is not internet marketing content, but I am hoping it will inspire someone – and for others, be a confirmation for what you are already doing.

How about you – what’s been the most rewarding path to success for you in your business? Let us know in the comments.

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