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    March 24, 2015
    Start Working From Home Today

    Finding a legit work-from-home job can be tough. There are so many scams going around out there, and it’s extremely easy to get suckered into one if you don’t know what to look out for. Remember, if anywhere wants YOU to give THEM money for a “Start up fee,”- it’s not a job. Jobs pay you. Never give anyone money or bank account info on the internet, unless it’s for direct deposit and you have filled out tax info already. I’m always on the lookout for posts that list actual, paying, legit work from home jobs you can get today! Check out this one at Christian PF:

    -LiveOps is a company that hires virtual call center agents. You will need your own dedicated phone line, and you will need to pay for a $30 background check.

    -Fancy Hands- complete various tasks as a virtual assistant. They will track your eye movement when visiting websites and you will be asked for feedback on your experience. You will need a webcam.

    -Leapforce- review search engine results a good jumping off point for those who want to try freelance writing.

    Photo Credit: Audio Luci Store 

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    March 17, 2015
    Stop Procrastinating Now

    My biggest flaw as a person is probably my laziness. No, not laziness-my tendency to procrastinate on literally everything. When I put my mind to something, I’m a perfectionist, and if it’s not quite right, I’m not happy. I’m not sloppy or lazy in my actual work- but I loooooooove to procrastinate. If I can do something tomorrow and sleep now, well, it’s nap time. I avoid things and put them off until it becomes a problem. Why? If it’s not a problem in the first place, why turn it in to one? Then, I found this lovely piece by Leo Babauta at Zen Habits that really spoke to me. Here’s his advice to stop procrastinating today:

    Identify the most important thing you have to do today.
    Decide to do just the first little part of it — just the first minute, or even 30 seconds of it. Getting started is the only thing in the world that matters. Sit there, and focus on getting started. Pay attention to your mind, as it starts to have urges to switch to another task.  Let each one pass.

    Notice also your mind trying to justify not doing the task. Also let these self-rationalizing thoughts pass.

    Just start.

    Photo Credit: Instagram 

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    March 12, 2015
    How To Write Your “About” Page

    Your blog or website’s “about” page is like a selfie. It lets readers see who you are, and helps them understand the real you a little better. It’s also crucial for writers that blog for their business, as the “About” page lets potential clients know how to contact you. Putting together a page that both reflects who you are and keeps clients interested can be a challenge. That’s why I love this post by Debbie at Work Your Art. It has an awesome list of questions (prompts!) to ask yourself when writing your About profile. Here are some of my favorites:

    -Why do you do what you do? What makes your work personal for you?

    -Where did you learn what you do?

    -Where do you live? Do you have a family? A career? Hobbies?

    -Have you won any competitions for you work? Received any awards?

    -What are other people saying about your work?

    -What skills are you currently trying to master?

    Photo Credit: Susanne Nilsson 

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    March 11, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Simple and Refreshing Workspace

    Photo from Love This Pic

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    March 2, 2015
    Where To Find Gorgeous Stock Photos

    Many bloggers take their own photos, and I think that is awesome. My mom is a talented photographer, but I did not inherit her gift. Somehow, all my photos look grainy, the timing is always off, and the lighting is usually terrible. That’s why I use stock photos that I find on Flickr Creative Commons! Having alluring pictures is vital to having a successful blog. No one wants to read a solid wall of text. For where to get photos for your blog, check out this post by Brittany Bullen at International Blogger Association:

    -Shutterstock- gives you one free photo a day for having an account


    -Pixel Perfect Digital

    -Stock Free Images

    Photo Credit: epsos de 

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    February 23, 2015
    How To Market Your Business On Instagram

    I love Instagram! I use it solely for fun- I post personal pictures of my nephew, my cat, crafts I’m working on, the weather, selfies- whatever strikes me and whatever I’m doing with my life at the moment. However, I also follow several people that use Instagram to promote their businesses: everyone from Realtors to tattooists to bakers to makeup artists to jewelry makers to musicians. There’s room for everyone! For tips on using Instagram to advertise your business, check out this post by Laura Wallis at Web Navigator Gal:

    -Make the most of your bio. Choose a user name that is part of your brand. You want to keep the same image across social networks if you can.

    -Use a mix of images- advertise your business, but have fun! Let your followers know the real you.

    -Use filters to beautify your photos

    -Use hashtags to gain more followers and spread the word.

    Photo Credit: Just Shireen 

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    February 20, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Marketing Ideas For Online Businesses

    Some really great ideas, plus this guy is hilarious. “A drop of sand!” Haha…What?

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    February 18, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Corner Workspace In Bedroom

    Photo from Shelterness

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    February 13, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Becoming Inspired To Write

    What a great video on overcoming writer’s block and coming up with original ideas!

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    February 12, 2015
    Making Your Blog More Professional

    Appearances aren’t everything, but they are pretty darned important. Making a good first impression, either in person or online, is the key to being successful. Having a professional looking blog will draw in more readers, and ultimately lead to you getting more clients (if your blog is business related). Simply plugging in a pre-made WordPress theme and using comic sans just isn’t cutting it anymore. For tips on how to streamline your blog and make it even more professional, check out this post by Em at Mascara Warrior:

    -Add a custom favicon

    -Remove the Navbar

    -Purchase and install a custom domain

    -Install Google Analytics

    -Add a Pin It hover button

    Photo Credit: Danny Sullivan 

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