It Just Takes the Right Attitude

There are a lot of people out there that are stuck in jobs they don’t like.  Every now and then I talk with them and they rant about how terrible their work is.  I encourage them to plan out a business and to branch off on their own if they’re that miserable.  Often I’m met with the same answer: “I could never run a business.”

You can run a business

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

The reality is that anyone can run a business.  It’s a lot of work, yes.  But it’s also very rewarding, and you get to see it grow as much as you want it to.  You are in full control, and there are a few mindsets that you have to maintain to know that your business will succeed.
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Want to Live Stress Free?

I am a big proponent of working as little as possible.  The work that I do, I work hard.  However, I have always valued my free time far more than being stuck in an office, or stuck working away.  Why wait until retirement to enjoy your free time and your life?

No Stress

But there are times when you have to get stuff done.  That means you have to work hard now so that you can take some time later.  Here’s how that all works out.

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Marketing Mistakes can Break a Business

Internet Marketing YellowstoneAnyone who is in business knows that they have to market their product or service in one way or another, otherwise, there’s a very little chance that they will succeed. Unfortunately many fall prey to the same pitfalls, and instead of marketing to make more money, they end up losing money. To avoid being in this kind of situation, here’s a list of the most common marketing mistakes and what to do to guard against them. More »

Working from Home has its Perks

Home Office

Not my office

I have been making money as a writer since 2007. It started out just writing the occasional article for a local magazine, and it has progressed into writing unique content that is search engine optimized to help drive local businesses higher in the search engine ranks. My entire career as a writer, digital marketer, SEO expert, or whatever other title I might be given has been spent working from home. And I love/hate it.

If you are considering working from home, here are the perks and pitfalls of doing so.

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Business If you are a business owner, you know that you are constantly selling. Even if you don’t feel like you’re selling, you know that you are. But what does that look like? How do you know if you’re being a good salesman, or if you’re just talking so nobody hears you? Here are some key points when you are always trying to sell. More »

business ownerIf you own a business, then you know the importance of being the best you can be. What happens all too often is that people have a passion for the work, so they try to be a business owner. However, in the end they fail because passion for the work doesn’t mean that you’ll be a good business owner. In fact, it means that you will likely be a terrible business owner. Running a business takes a lot of time, commitment, and dedication to running the business: you are left with little time for the actual work. If you find yourself struggling, take time to learn about business. More »

Do You want to Start a Business?

start a businessAre you an entrepreneur? Do you have a great idea that you believe you could make successful? If so, then you likely want to be your own boss. You want to start a business, reap all the rewards, and live the good life right? Well not so fast. There is more to running a successful business than just having a great idea. And this is where it all starts. More »

writingI worked in the financial services industry for a number of years. I saw all sorts of people come through the door, and I talked to people in a number of different financial positions. There were those making several million dollars per year, and there were those making $12 per hour. I discovered that those who were on the lower end of the spectrum often complained about not making enough money. I know this because I was in precisely the same boat. I wanted to make more money, but every time I would bring up the idea of a raise with my boss he would talk about how I’m not doing the quality of work that deserved a raise. Instead of arguing, I branched out on my own. More »

organize

Fortunately, this is not my shop

Working from home takes a surprising amount of discipline and dedication. There are all of the distractions of household chores to do, as well as your hobbies, and to top it all off, if the family is home, you feel bad about sitting in the office working instead of spending quality time together. I have found one of the keys to staying on task is actually to find little distractions. So when I stumbled upon this gem that talks about organizing your house in 15 minutes per day, I was pretty excited to say the least. More »

Stay Organized file cabinetIf there is one thing that will kill your productivity the fastest, it is being unorganized. A sloppy workplace not only slows you down because you’re constantly searching for papers, notes, and books, but also psychologically you think slower because of the clutter around you. Your brain sees all of the stuff and tries to analyze it while you are trying to concentrate on another task. To combat this you have to stay organized and clutter free so you can have maximum efficiency throughout your work day. Here are the five ways that I help keep my workspace clean and my mind clutter free. More »