• Friday Ramblings

    Friday Round Up-Lots of Chores

    How did your first full week of April turn out? Got everything on your to do list done? If it’s anything like mine, it grows every day. This week I’ve been working on more writing classes and uploaded a new one for Skillshare. It’s a short one about improving your writing in 15 easy tips. Here’s the link if you want to check it out- https://skl.sh/3dEvojx Also, check out last week’s post to find a link to try Skillshare free for 14 days. Angela Wills also has a new class, Service Business Switch, starting soon with a launch price of just $25 and it’s all about switching from a service…

  • FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early

    Buy Now to Protect Your Purchasing Power?

    Inflation, hyperinflation, deflation which one is going to be? I listen to lots of economic podcasts and the buzzwords are those three words above that all end in tion. No one economist or financial expert agrees which one is going to happen but all of them are in agreement, that it’s time to think about your financial future and if you’ll take a proactive stand against whichever one comes our way. Lots of people have been saying that food prices are going up, others say prices are the same but content is getting smaller. I’ve heard talk about building supplies going up by as much as 150%. Also think about…

  • Friday Ramblings

    Friday Round Up-Hello April

    It’s April. Three months behind us, nine more to go. What are you plans? Set any news goals? The end of one quarter and the beginning of the next is a great time to sit down and go through your list of things you want to achieve whether it’s losing weight or launching a business. Are you thinking about taking a class to learn a new skill maybe? You’ve heard me mention Skillshare many times. I’ve been teaching writing classes there for about four years. And it’s not just writing classes they offer but topics like design, blogging, photography, entrepreneurship, and I could go on and on about all the…

  • Uncategorized

    Best Buys in April

    It’s April and time to look at some of the best buys for the month- Anything snow and cold, snow blowers, shovels, winter clothing…jackets, boots, scarves. Winter sports items like snowboards. St. Patrick Day items…you can save them from year to year. Easter Items-after Sunday things are going to be discounted. Once again you can save them from year to year. Candy and chocolates can be used during the rest of the year too! Ham can be frozen or made into dishes that can be frozen. Things like split pea soup ready for fall and winter. Eggs will also be on sale. It’s National Car Care Month so all things…

  • 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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