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    September 29, 2014
    Blog Organization Tips

    Having a blog that is easy to navigate is essential if you want to pull in new readers, and keep the old ones coming back. If they can’t find the recipe, tutorial, or article that they’re looking for, they’re more than likely to just find it somewhere else. Using tags, search bars, and categories are great ways to organize your blog, but they can be quite a headache. Read this post at Tico and Tina for tips on how to straighten up your blog while keeping your sanity:

    -Categories are for big picture, tags are for smaller details

    -Make your “about” page easy to find

    -Keep your design simple- tons of bells and whistles can be distracting to readers

    The post also includes links to useful WordPress plugins- be sure to check it out!

    Photo Credit: Jacob Botter 


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    September 18, 2014
    Extra Money When Working From Home

    Whether you are already working from home, are a stay-at-home parent, or just have some free time where you’re looking to make some extra cash, there are plenty of ways to turn your time into money without getting out of your pajamas. If you’re already working from home, you can simply add these options to your current routine. If you’re looking to start, some of these are great ideas for first jobs. It can be hard to find legitimate work from home jobs, so this post from Suzanne Kearns at Money Crashers is awesome because it tells you how to avoid scams as well. Without further ado, here are a few ways to make extra money at home:

    -Freelance writing

    -Sell your knowledge by teaching online classes

    -Start a bed and breakfast in your home

    -Sell produce at a farmer’s market

    -Sell your crafts online or at a fair

    -Sell your time and voice at a call center

    -Work as a consultant and sell your knowledge and experience

    -Use your computer skills and work as a medical transcriptionist

    Photo Credit: Adikos 


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

    Photo from Pinterest


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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
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox1qd55b

    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
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox24qqb0

    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
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox245beq

    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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