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Business Tips

Why You Shouldn’t Start a Business

Haven’t you heard? All of the cool kids are starting a business these days! Sometimes they even passively aggressively bash W-2 earners. As if they’re in an elite club that makes them better than employees. For the record, I AM an entrepreneur. I run my own writing and editing firm and am here for anyone who needs help bringing a project to life.

But I understand something. Running a business isn’t for everybody. It’s a life changing decision whether you do it part timer or full time. Anyone can come up with an idea for a business and even start it. But can you sustain what you started? If you’re thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, you may want to reconsider if… Continue Reading

Business Tips

How to Gain Business Exposure as an Introvert

As an introvert I understand how challenging it can be to grow a small business. One of the easiest ways to generate leads is to network. Go out and talk to people that you don’t know – with your introverted self. Of course you’d rather be at home curled up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea. But you can’t grow professionally like that. Hell, you can’t grow period in that case. So how do you expand your business without having a mini (or huge) anxiety attack from dealing with people?

Well I’m glad you asked, haha! First of all let me be honest. To reach your full potential in business you will have to come out of your safe place. Being an introvert isn’t a valid excuse when you have goals to reach.  If your tendency to withdraw comes from depression or low self-esteem then you need to deal with those things. From experience I can tell you that your business will suffer if the personal mental and emotional struggles aren’t handled.

Alright now that we’ve gotten that bit out of the way, let’s get down to business. If you’re an introvert but still want to grow your business, here’s how you can do it. Continue Reading

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Writing

What to Ask Before Hiring an Editor

If you’re working on a book you’ll need an editor at some point. I know it’s tempting to save money by editing the book yourself but that’s such a bad idea. Your opinion of the book will be biased and your analysis of the book won’t be objective. But finding an editor that you’re comfortable with can be a challenge.

If you need an editor you probably will have more than enough things to ask! But for starters, here are 4 questions to ask before hiring them that will go a long way. Continue Reading

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Lifestyle

Productivity Boosting Practices

February is basically O-V-E-R. I know a lot of people don’t do the resolution thing anymore, but we all should have goals to reach by the end of the year. The excitement has died down all over my news feeds. I don’t see as many positive affirmations or confident posts about the year’s accomplishments to come.

Yeah I know life gets in the way sometimes. But guess what? It always will if you let it. It’s been awhile since I talked about productivity.

If you’ve lost the momentum to follow through on the plans you made earlier this year I have some ideas that could change that. Continue Reading

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Business Tips, Communications

I’ll Look at Your Resume…for FREE!

Last week I made a promise on my Facebook page to look at resumes for FREE. I’ve been crazy busy for the last few days but now I finally have the time to make good on that promise!

I’m always being asked to do a resume for someone. I know that having a career you love is a serious contributor to overall happiness. I also know that a good resume is a key component in the process. That’s why I talk about resumes here. A lot. Your resume should be updated and ready to go at all times. Companies still hire throughout the holiday season and into the new year so I always advise my clients to be on the lookout for openings.

If you think your resume needs some TLC, today is your lucky day…

For the low price of $0 I will look at your resume and give some pointers on how you can improve it. This offer is only open until Friday. All you have to do is email me your resume in MS Word or PDF format and I will respond with my suggestions. Easy peasy!

In the meantime feel free to check out these posts about resumes!

My email inbox is waiting!

What do you struggle with when you’re working on your resume?

Until next time…
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Business Tips, Communications, Writing

Common Letter Mistakes to Avoid

As a freelance writer and editor I spend a lot of time making sure that my clients look absolutely fabulous on the communication front. In our tech heavy society, the importance of a good letter isn’t completely lost. Unfortunately a lot of opportunities and business partnerships are missed out on because of simple mistakes. So today I’m going to share some common things that I see in my line of work. Good thing for my clients that I’m here to get rid of those pesky blemishes!
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Business Tips

4 Rules to Break While Growing Your Business

Millennials have changed the game. The American dream for us isn’t all about getting a good job and house with the white picket fence ASAP. Oh no, not anymore. What do we want? A fulfilling career! When do we want it? NOW! We crave freedom and want to make our money on our own terms. Which is exactly why a lot of us are turning to entrepreneurship.

Building a business isn’t easy. Thankfully we have pioneers to look up to that can help deter some bad decision making. But beware! I’ve yet to come across a one size fits all guide to growing a successful business. Even for my own company, I read books and get advice – but will tweak some of the information to fit my goals. Here are 4 things that I chose not to worry about as I built my writing business. Continue Reading

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Blogging

Balancing Your Blog with a Day Job

If you’re a blogger or aspiring to become one, you might have a particular glory day in mind. It’s that moment when you walk out of your day job, free to focus on your blog full time because it’s bringing in enough money to support your lifestyle. Ah, a glorious day indeed!

A lot of bloggers have this dream. It looks like a glamorous life. Publishing blog posts, meeting up with other bloggers for lunch, traveling, having thousands of followers and hosting webinars. When you post a pic of your dog on IG it gets 10K likes – that’s big time influencer status right there!

Are you there yet? If not, let’s raise out hands in unison. Let me be clear, it is possible to be a full time blogger without the dramatics above. And I fully understand that not everyone wants to be a full time blogger. Until you get to full time status, however, you’re likely juggling running your blog while working a day job. It’s a hard fact that good blogging requires a lot of your time.  To run a blog while working another gig takes much discipline. Here are some tips to help you with the juggling act.

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Business Tips, Communications

15 Verbs to Finesse Your Resume

By now you  might know that I love working on resumes for my clients. Creating a resume that looks might be easy but content is king. Your resume needs to have substance. If you’re in the market for a gig, recruiters want to know that you’re a person who takes action and can get things done. Today I’m giving you 15 words to use on your resume to help a recruiter see that you might belong on their team. Continue Reading

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Business Tips

11 Questions to Ask in Every Job Interview

First things first. In order to even get an interview you must stand out in a sea of applicants. I’ve written some posts already that will help you do just that. Use them for guidance before putting in your next application.

The One Page Resume
4 Ways to Get the job You Want
4 Ways to Boost Your Resume NOW
6 Resume Mistakes to Avoid

Alright, you’ve scored big points with the recruiter. Now they’ve invited you to do an interview. I’ve said before that job interviews are a two way street. Today I’m going into how you make that happen. Continue Reading