• Business Talk,  FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early,  working from home

    Is Now A Good Time To Start a Business?

    Should you ever start a business during a recession? Oh yeah, you should! Lots of well known, successful businesses were launched during a downturn in the economy. General Electric, General Motors, IBM, Disney and Microsoft just to name a few. You’d be in great company if you started a business right now. So why take the risk? Here are my top reasons to go for it- What Have You Got to Lose? Maybe you’ve lost your job, maybe you’re in a age group where it’s going to be tough to land another job. Use your past talents, skills and knowledge to venture out on your own…as I often tell myself…

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  • Business Talk,  Online Stores,  Side Gigs,  working from home

    Turn Your Skills Into An Online Business

    Do you have a skill or knowledge in a particular niche you can turn into a business? I know you do, we all do. Sometimes it just takes a little brainstorming to figure out what that skill or knowledge base is. Angela over at Laptop Lifestyle University is offering a free webinar this Thursday August 6th at 3 p.m. ET called “Turn Your Skills into a Laptop Lifestyle” Angela has put her skills and knowledge to great use in developing a business that’s not only successful but it’s run online too. I know during this webinar you’ll figure out how you can do the same. Here’s the link to sign…

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  • Side Gigs,  working from home

    Thinking About Being a Virtual Assistant?

    Have you ever considered offering your services or skills as a virtual assistant? I can’t think of a better time than during a downturn in the economy. Lots of companies have trimmed their staff but during busy times, (and yes, they get those even during recessions), they need to outsource work. Be it data entry, writing, uploading content, managing their social media platforms, or even just handling customer service. That’s where you enter the picture, budding entrepreneur with so much to offer them in their hour of need. Need some advice from someone who’s been there and knows what works and what doesn’t? Angela Willis and her Overnight VA Success…

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  • Side Gigs,  working from home,  writing

    Writing a Non-Fiction Book To Gain Authority, Grow Your E-Mail List…

    I should add to the title of this post and earn passive income. I’ve lost count how many I’ve written and self published but it’s one of my streams of income. Even if passive income isn’t your top priority there are lots of other reasons why you might want to pen a non-fiction title. Some entrepreneurs like to give them away to clients or as part of a coaching program. Others use them to give away to potential e-mail list subscribers. Some want to gain authority in their given niche, maybe pick up a speaking gig or two, or even build a author platform before they pitch to an agent…

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  • Business Talk,  working from home

    Where to Stash Your Rainy Day Fund

    You’ve heard me mention my maternal grandmother many times here at BSG. She’s one of my money mentors. She was widowed at 50 and was an independent woman who believed in taking care of everything (including all things financial), her way. (Stubborn is often what my mom called her). One of the many things she taught me was to have money to fall back on, the rainy day fund, that emergency fund I talked about last week. She was the one who took me to open my very first savings account at the ripe old age of eight. She deposited money to open the account and then told me when…

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  • Business Talk,  working from home

    Meet Maria Silvo Founder of Artsy Challenge

    I’d like to introduce you to a fellow entrepreneur who just launched a new business. Please say hello to Maria Silvo. She kindly agreed to an interview and has shared so many wonderful tips for running a business that I know you’re going to learn a lot from her. Budget Smart Girl (BSG)-Tell us about yourself and what prompted you to work from home. Maria Silvo (MS)-I am a creative entrepreneur who stayed home since 2007 when my three kids then aged 2, 5, and 7 were better off with me taking care of them. In Canada, day care services is expensive, and so is hiring a nanny. Working to…

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  • Business Talk,  FIRE Financial Independence, Retire Early,  working from home

    Should Your Business Come Before Your Life?

    I have a friend, Angela Wills, who started a services-based business and quit her job to pursue it. Within a few months she was overwhelmed, overworked and just plain burnt out. Angela told me she had actually been sitting at her computer for so many hours per day that her muscles had started to atrophy. It was embarrassing and she knew she needed to change. That was in 2007. Angela stopped working for clients in 2012. She declared total lifestyle freedom at that time! She has spent the last 8 years working entirely on what she wants, for who she wants, where she wants and when she wants. Her whims…

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  • Business Talk,  Side Gigs,  working from home

    Money Master Challenge and a Free Gift

    The key to financial freedom is being smart with your money. We all have our Achilles’ heel when it comes to budgets and managing our financial future. I was excited to see that Angela over at Laptop YOUniversity is offering another Money Master Challenge starting on August 3rd.  Over the course of 21 days you can take the money challenge which will help put you on the right track with regards to your money, your relationship with it, not only today but in the future too. I took the first challenge and have to admit, I raised my hand and said, yes, that’s me, I’m making those mistakes to many…

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  • Business Talk,  working from home

    Do You Want Control Over Your Future?

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like never worry about losing your job? Dreaming about being in control of your own destiny? Not having to work more hours each week for the same amount of money? Twenty years ago, fate sort of intervened in my life and I was forced to quit my job. I was scared, I had a mortgage and car payment, and not to mention, there was food to buy. In my heart, I knew working for someone else was something I never wanted to do again. I won’t tell you it was an easy transition into self-employment because I’d be lying. However, everything worthwhile…

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  • Business Talk,  Side Gigs,  working from home

    It’s Ready! This will help you create business freedom

    Wow!  It’s time for the 2nd Annual Lifestyle Freedom Giveaway from members of the Laptop Lifestyle YOUniversity and I’m blown away by the variety of products and value that is included.  Grab your shopping bag and pick up over 50 REAL offers from some very awesome online teachers. They’re all real products included and they’re all free. Angela has truly done something special here. She’s brought together an event where her people are willing to give away true paid products (not freebies) at one low price. There are over 50 contributors, over $3000 worth of products and so much value. You can grab this for absolutely no cost. I’m so…

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