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    September 17, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Funky Maximalist Desk + Hanging Lights

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    September 11, 2014
    How To Beat Blogger’s Block

    If you’re a creative person, you know what I mean by “burnout”. You have no inspiration. Whatever your craft, you suddenly can’t do it. You can’t draw, or paint, or write, or think of any new ideas at all. If your income is mostly or completely dependent on your craft, this can be disastrous. However, if you’re writing a post of original content every day, it will definitely happen. For tips on how to get over “blogger’s burnout,” read this post by Rebecca at Letters from Sunnybrook:

    The fun of writing gives way to the pressures of deadlines and earning potential, social media issues, and hosting commitments.

    Scale back — You decided to do X posts per week. You can choose to slow down the pace and catch your breath.

    Don’t post stuff you aren’t proud of

    Regroup — go back to why you wanted to write, what you wanted to write about, why this is important for you to do this.

    Photo Credit: Drew Coffman

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    September 5, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Gmail Tips

    These are great for any professional! I didn’t know any of them!

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    September 2, 2014
    Becoming A Top Producer In Anything

    On this site, I usually write about real estate and blogging. But, the truth is, anyone working from home can use the tips I share most of the time. These tips by Teri Conrad at Inman News were written for real estate agents, but I believe anyone can use them. If you’re just now starting out into a new field, going from entry level to being a top producer can be a struggle. This article will help:

    -Find a good mentor- shadow them if you can, ask questions

    -Have a business plan and execute it

    -Technology is great, but don’t plan to ever solely rely on it for generating business

    -Prepare to be extremely responsive whether it’s in response to a lead or an inquiry from one of your current clients

    -Bonus: Do not burn through your first paycheck (or any, for that matter).Make sure you set aside money for taxes (30 percent?), retirement (10 percent), and for your business

    Photo Credit: daveynin 

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    August 29, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Using A Blog To Market Your Business

    If you own your own business, running a blog is a great way to market yourself.

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    August 27, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Fabric Shelf In Office

    Photo from Positively Splendid 

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    August 22, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Out Of The Box Productivity Tips

    I LOVE the 20-20-20 rule! I use it all the time!

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    August 19, 2014
    Writing Sponsored Posts

    A great way to bring in some extra cash while blogging is to do a sponsored post. These work best for those who already have popular, established blogs. Companies will see your blog as a great outlet for advertising. Admit it, if a friend recommended a product to you, you would be 100x more likely to use it than just by watching a commercial alone. Advertisers know this! So, how do you go about writing a sponsored post? This guide by Becky at Blogging On The Side will show you how. First, she shows you how to FIND people who will pay for posts, then how to write quality content that will keep them coming back:

     Keep it natural: I will write a normal post and just throw in the product information, as naturally as possible.  I don’t want it sound like  a commercial.

    Keep it similar in style to your other posts: If I am sharing a recipe, I try to make it as normal as possible. Yes, these ingredients are great & you should try this product that I am including in this recipe. 

    Try to do your very best work: Make it great and they will call you again and again.

    Add great pictures that are pin-worthy: I usually go back in and add a great pin-worthy picture. 

    Photo Credit: Walmart Corporate

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    August 12, 2014
    Freedom From The Rat Race: Work From Home

    During my teenage years, my dad had a job he hated. He woke up every morning, drove an hour in city traffic, and sat in a tiny cubicle doing paperwork for nine hours a day with bosses he couldn’t stand. We all knew how unhappy he was, but there weren’t a whole lot of options. We needed the money, and my mom was still job hunting. Then, he decided to start working from home– and the change was instant and extremely noticeable. While I’m relieved that he’s happy now, it sometimes got really upsetting when he was commuting. My dad and I have extremely similar personalities, and if I learned one thing from that experience, it’s that I never want a job like that. Sitting in a cinderblock cubicle, doing nothing but staring at spreadsheets and getting yelled at by egomaniacs– I can’t think of anything worse for a job. I’d honestly rather be flipping burgers again. Luckily for me, I’ve found something better than either of those: I work from home as a writer. Seriously, it’s my dream job. If you feel trapped in the “rat race,” and would like to transition to a work from home career, read this inspiring post by Bob at Christian PF:

    If you won the lottery and the first thing you would do is quit your job, then you need to quit your job.” – Dave Ramsey.

    Now that I have spent over a year working for myself I can’t imagine doing anything else. For as trapped and held down as I felt before, I feel the opposite extreme of the joy of freedom. Just to be clear, self-employment has its own challenges and difficulties, but I honestly think they pale in comparison to what I went through while spinning my wheels in the Rat Race.

    The rest of the post details exactly HOW he started his own business, and took the chance to become his own boss. Definitely worth the entire read!

    Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley 

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    August 8, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Claim Your Home Office On Your Taxes

    It is possible! Don’t shy away from possible tax deductions!

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