• Friday Ramblings

    Friday Ramblings-February Progress

    It’s almost the end of the month and time to look back at successes and failures. A big success this month was getting the lessons and workbooks finished for my upcoming summer writing retreat that I’ll be teaching from June-August. I think the block working method I used (working on only that project and nothing else), helped get the job done. I also got my first product finished and loaded on this site (Content Creator’s Business Pack). And finally, I kept posting to the site as scheduled. I’ll admit some days were tough and some days I honestly thought about skipping it but I kept going. Failures-using the scheduling feature…

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  • Business Talk

    Content Might Be King but…

    They say that content is king but I also think knowing when to reach out for help is also equally regal. Launching a business, stepping into the unknown is scary but you don’t have to do it alone. Here are some ways you can access help and be on your way to success- Mentors My mentor was my former boss who sadly passed away about 12 years ago. She took a chance on me, the girl who had no experience working in public relations. My degree wasn’t even in an area that even closely resembled the field of communications. She trusted I could do the job and slowly became my…

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  • Side Gigs

    Choosing Your Side Gig

    Do you know which type of side gig is right for you? It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means it’s side gig, side hustle time. Many of the other things we’ve already talked about like blogging, teaching or running an online store could be considered side gigs. It all depends on whether or not you’re doing it as a second job or if it’s your full time business and main focus. I remember when it used to be called Moonlighting and I’ve had lots of those jobs, especially when I had to quit my job…you can read about that in an previous post. The first thing to decide…

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  • Monday Motivation

    Monday Motivation-Nothing Holding Me Back

    This week remember that there’s nothing stopping you from realizing your dream. Whether it be starting a business, finally moving to your favorite destination, traveling…and the list goes on. Dream on and take that one important step, your first one to living the life you love.

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  • Friday Ramblings

    Friday Ramblings-New Product Release

    This week, have you taken one more step toward living the life you love? Over at my writing blog, I write an article about living your dream and gave my readers a gentle nudge…you can also read about my lifelong desire to learn to play the piano at www.thiswriterslife.com This week, I finally finished, well 99% finished, the lessons and workbooks for the summer retreat I’m teaching in June, July and August. Remember me telling you about my new technique of block working…going all out on one project and not switching until it was done? I didn’t like it at first but I hate to admit it, but I’m getting…

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  • Business Talk

    Make Money From Your Site…not someone else’s

    Should you sell your products and services on someone else site? Less than a year ago, I would have told you, yes, but now I’m thinking the smartest entrepreneur puts their wares on their own site first, builds up traffic, grows the mailing list and then and only then, thinks about other people’s sites. Take e-books for example. Five years ago, I would never have thought about trying to sell any of my books on my own writing site. Okay, call me a lazy writer, but online stores like Amazon were bringing me in sales so I didn’t see the point of spending more time building a store. Even some…

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  • Online Stores

    Opening an Online Store

    Thinking about opening an online store? The great thing about the Internet is it not only makes buying more convenient, it makes selling items a breeze. Years ago, if you wanted to open a store you had to find a brick and mortar building to lease or buy, and then remodel, stock it…yeah, a pain in the you know what. Now with the click of a mouse, you can open your store for not only local people to visit, but the world too. I’m making it all sound, easy, wonderful, yes, rose colored glasses sort of thing, but this ease actually becomes it’s downside. Yes, everyone in the world can…

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  • Monday Motivation

    Monday Motivation-Build Your Dream

    They say when you work for someone else you’re helping them live their dream and not your own. This week, think about what type of business you can launch. Could it be one that starts out as a side gig or something you do for a few hours every night when you come home from the job you’ll leave when you become your own boss? This week, let’s dream BIG.

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  • Friday Ramblings

    Friday Ramblings-Happy Valentine’s Day

    Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day. How was your week? What plans have you put in place to start a business or take your current one to the next level? I’ve been working on upcoming classes I’ll be teaching this summer and also my first digital product for you, the Budget Smart Girl audience. I hope to launch it next Thursday. It will also be part of a bundle sale that April Lemarr (hope you checked out her interview with me), is hosting in March. In fact, knowing I wanted to be part of it, gave me the kick up the you know what to actually get something created.…

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  • Business Talk

    Passive Income-Everybody’s Dream

    Imagine if you could put earning money on some sort of cruise control… You’ve probably seen no end of books, YouTube videos, podcasts, well, you name it on the topic of passive income. We’re going to explore the topic here at BSG continually. Lots of side gigs and many business pursuits involve passive income, so let’s talk about what it is and what it’s not. Passive income, as I mentioned in my intro is sort of like putting your car on cruise control. You do the work of starting the car, driving it onto the freeway and then getting it up to freeway speed, and then you press a button,…

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