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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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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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Blogging

5 Questions Before Starting a Blog

Lately I’ve been getting questions from people who are interested in starting a blog. Woo hoo! Of course I’m totally supportive of anyone who wants to do this because – hello, I’m a blogger! Realistically though, blogging isn’t for everyone. You may start out with great intentions and then lose that wind beneath your wings if you’re not really passionate about doing this. If you are, you can find the 5 things you need to lay your blogging foundation here. To go along with that download, here are 5 questions you’ll need to answer before launching a blog. Continue Reading

Business Tips, Communications

How to Write a Bio People Want to Read

We all need biography at some point. If you’re in business, if you do performing arts….even when you die people will want to read your story. You should know yourself better than anyone else but it can be hard to take everything and condense it into a snapshot.

I’ve written bios for myself and clients too and want to share some tips that should help get you going. Continue Reading

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Health & Beauty, Lifestyle

6 Ways to Self Sabotage

Confession: I used to self sabotage A LOT. There were times that I was aware of what I was doing, but other times I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong. Isn’t it crazy how we can form unhealthy habits without even realizing how much we;’re hurting ourselves. Here are some ways that you may be working against yourself.
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Lifestyle, Personal

Yes, Take a Break

Am I the only one feeling a bit overwhelmed by life lately? Things can move so fast sometimes and everywhere you look everyone is talking about constantly making progress. You know, the ones who claim to be #temnosleep. They hustle all the time, they’re always moving, travelling, at events. And you feel like you’re behind in the dust. I think this feeling happens to everyone at some point. Continue Reading

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Lifestyle, Personal

One Ingredient to Success

When I matured, I realized that being successful means different things to different people. Everyone doesn’t want a family or a mansion or even a boatload of money. I’ve met people who are content travelling the world and working minimally just to survive.

Once you decide what success looks like for your life, people will offer you all kinds of advice. Take seminars, pray, go to college, invest in the stock market – any of this sounding familiar to you? Oh, and don’t you just love it when someone who has never prospered at anything tries to tell you what to do? Yeah, me too. Continue Reading