• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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

    Future Thinking Entrepreneurs

    What will the world look like in six months, one year, two years? What will people be doing, what will they be needing? It’s during uncertain times that we all need to think ahead and plan for your financial future. I’ve always said smart people don’t think about today, they think way into the future and prepare for the what ifs life always throws at us. As we head into April, let’s sit and think about what’s going to change. Here are a few things I came up with- Digital Future I’m seeing lots of articles about people not wanting to handle things like cash and paper. I think that…

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  • Business Talk,  Wednesday Interviews

    Angela Wills-Founder of Laptop University

    I’m really excited to share this interview with Angela Wills with you today. Some of you might already know about her but in case you don’t, she’s the founder of Laptop University. I can’t remember exactly how I heard about it but I’m happy that I did. I joined as a member late last year and although, I have to admit. I’ve not dived into all the goodies membership has to offer, I’ve taken some of the member only classes and it gave me the incentive and kick up the you know what to re-brand this site, try to grow a list, and make things happen so I have another…

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  • Blogging

    Blogging-About Me Page

    Did you know that the About Me page on sites and blogs is one of the most viewed? I said I’d be honest about my own struggles with keeping this site up to date. I’d hoped by the time I’d written this post I would have revamped my own about me page. What can I say, it’s the first week of the month which is usually the busiest for me and it didn’t get done. No excuses, I know. In the meantime, here are some things that I’ll be focusing on when I do get around to redoing that page and I hope these tips will help you. Set the…

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  • Wednesday Interviews

    Budget Smart Girl Interview with Shante Hassel

    It’s Wednesday, which means it’s interview time. This week’s guest is Shante Hassel. I’d love for us to show support of each other here at BSG and encourage each other in our business ventures. So, with that in mind, please check out Shante’s site, and if any of Shante’s books or planners are of interest to you, I encourage you to buy from her. Tell us about yourself and your business. I am a writer and a publisher of notebooks, workbooks and journals. www.shantehassel.com I just launched a journal prompt club where members can get free monthly journal prompts. Since I was young girl I loved to write, read and…

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  • Business Talk

    An Entrepreneur’s Journey

    This week, I’ve been creating the lessons for the how to promote your book boot camp I’m teaching in March. Today, I worked on a lesson on social media and realized that I hadn’t worked in public relations for twenty years. Twenty years, I thought, had it been that long? It’s what actually gave me the topic idea for this post. It was back in 2000, yes, the beginning of the new century that I decided to venture out on my own. It wasn’t something I’d intended to do. I’d been working for a publishing company as a publicist. During my third year there, I got a sense that things…

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