• FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early,  Online Stores,  Side Gigs,  working from home

    Making Money with Art and Design

    Love to design or paint? Have a great idea for a t-shirt design? During our Money Mindset Makeover Challenge, we briefly touched upon one way to make money and that’s with using your art and design skills. Lots of people are doing it. And making a statement like that often makes we cautious about recommending it as a way for you to earn some extra cash or even turn it into a main stream of income. Let’s look at the pros and cons and then dig deeper into how you can get stand out from the crowd. Pros Most art and design sites are now print on demand so you…

  • Friday Ramblings

    Friday Round-Up-Translations and a New Book

    Hard to believe it’s almost April. Do you feel that some weeks fly by faster than others? I think if you’re busy then the week is gone before you realize it. I got more of my books translated and they’re now in the process of being published and sent to various platforms. I also got my complete manuscript checklist product finished and loaded to my store. It’s a run down of checklists that apply to all things writing a novel, character, plot, dialogue… and takes you through a series of questions to ask yourself. I like to think of it as having a writing mentor go through your manuscript with…

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  • Business Talk,  FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early

    Knowledge Is King

    The old saying is that cash is king but I think knowledge is the new monarch. Many of you already know the story about how my late farther was an avid reader and got me hooked on books and visiting the library when I was just five years old. He’d never leave the house until he’d read the newspaper cover to cover. The radio in his car was always tuned not to music, but to a station with people talking about this and that. Even attempting to try and change the station when you rode with him, got a sideways glance that told you that was a bad idea and…

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  • Blogging,  FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early,  Side Gigs,  working from home

    Solopreneur

    I’m guessing, like me, you wear many hats while running your business. We’re solopreneurs who are in charge of the budget and bottom line. Many years ago, I decided to invest in buying domain names with the idea of creating web sites, growing them, making them turn a profit and then selecting a few to sell. While I’m still in the process of doing that, paying for the yearly registration for all the domain names was getting expensive. Most of them weren’t making me any money so I knew I had to cut the budget. I went looking for other companies to switch them to but then got busy so…

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    Friday Round Up-First Quarter Check In

    It’s almost spring, almost the end of the first quarter and a great time to look back at the first three months. What have you done to move one step closer to your dream life? This weekend sit down and do some journaling, write down what you what to achieve in the next nine months? I got most of my to do list taken care of this week. Currently being published is the Spanish edition of Fabulously Frugal-A 30 Day Money Makeover. I’ll let you know when it goes on sale. And would any of you like to know how you can get your books translated? Send me an e-mail…

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  • FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early,  What's On Sale

    Don’t Throw Them Away

    I love getting as much use out of stuff I buy as I can. My motto is nothing’s a waste of money if you use it wisely. You wouldn’t think vegetables fit into that category but they do. Each time I prepare a vegetable I keep the trimmings and pieces I don’t use in the recipe or meal. I use a freezer bag to put things like carrot peelings, onion roots, ‘ribs’ of kale, and anything that’s a little bruised into it. At the end of the week, I put them into a large pan, add water, a couple of bay leaves, some peppercorns and bring it to boil, then…

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  • FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early,  Side Gigs,  What's On Sale,  working from home

    Last Day To Buy Your Content Creation Collection Toolbox and More Ways to Use the Content

    Yesterday, I posed three tips on using the content you’ll find in the spring version of the Toolbox that’s currently on sale. Here are a few more ideas- Create a Class People love learning new skills and gaining knowledge and it’s also a great way to pull in an audience. Problem is what do you teach? Putting together a class can also be time consuming…believe me when I say I speak from experience. But what if you could sort through a bunch of content and pull similar topics together and have ‘sort of’ a ready made class? Looking through the list of content in this toolbox, I see lots of…

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  • affiliate marketing,  FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early,  Online Stores,  Side Gigs,  working from home,  writing

    Tips for Using PLR and Purchased Content

    Did you buy the spring toolkit last week and wondering what you can do with all the wonderful products you’ve downloaded? Here are three ideas for putting them to good use- Combine Them Have a bunch of planners and like pages from both product one and product two? How about merging the two to create a planner just for you (or if both products have PLR), selling them to your customers. Customize it to your own needs or those of your customers. For things like articles, how about combining them and even creating a giveaway for your audience. Your Own Take I often take a basic idea and then put…

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