Will You Be Bragging About Your Business on New Year’s Eve?

Will You Be Bragging About Your Business on New Year’s Eve?

Ah, New Year’s Eve. Party hats, Cheap champagne, Half-hearted resolutions  (that often don’t make it to January 2). The “holiday” season, and its culmination on New Year’s Eve, bring back some of my darkest memories as an entrepreneur. This was suppose to be the year. The year it took off, and the passive income ball started rolling into a massive ball of cash. The year I could look my friends and family in the eye and say “I told you so.” The year my business clicked and I became the polished picture of perfection I saw in all those sales videos. I mean, I bought their courses. I tried their ways. Sometimes. Yes, I admit, shinier objects came along and distracted me. But I tried them too. And they all said they were just like me a few years ago. A big ole mess of looming debt, an unkept house, a hidden gem in their market. Before the big house that doesn’t look lived in. Before the glittery outfit with matching jewelry, coordinating eyeshadow and a $300 haircut. Before the $1000/hour video crew that could make the Unibomber look as trustworthy as Larry King . . . New Year’s Eve. Dammit, where’d I even put that list of this year’s goals?? So seriously and optimistically crafted exactly a year ago. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m not like them. They won’t quit smoking, lose weight, stop yelling at their kids, or use that gym membership. But I will. I will build that business. The one that gives me financial freedom to make decisions without concern for money. The one that brings...
Death Row, Online Marketing and My Journey to Change the World

Death Row, Online Marketing and My Journey to Change the World

Prequel The perception is that you’ll find the worst of the worst humans on death row. That they are a scary bunch of men, or maybe even “animals,” that you and I would never have a single thing in common with.  And maybe you won’t believe me when I tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. That you could learn more about life and success and failure from many death row inmates than you will from 4 or 6 or even 12 years of higher education. But it’s fact. (You might find an interesting tidbit of support for the fact in this article about prison inmates beating the Harvard debate team!) Anyway  . . . what’s that got to do with online marketing, and changing the world? You’ll see in a minute. Stick with me. For 25 years I was a criminal defense attorney. Not the kind you see on TV, where the actors choose the cases they take, and free the wrongfully accused after 60 action-packed minutes. And not the “real” attorneys you see on the TV news, who wrangle the multi-million dollar athletes’ murder charges down to traffic violations.  I worked for the poor. Appointed to represent those who couldn’t pay, but were facing jail time. Fresh out of law school, it started with drunk driving and suspended license charges. Within seven years, I had devoted my practice to representing those charged with crimes carrying the death penalty, who didn’t have the 100K+ it took to defend against such charges (or even $100 without the “K” in most cases).  Ten different times throughout my...

7 Essential Tips for Successfully Working from Home

When people find out you work from home, they take that to mean you really don’t work at all. The vision of an entrepreneur who works from home that most people have goes something like this. You sleep until about 10, don’t shower or even get out of your PJs for days at a time, have plenty of time to get the laundry done and meals cooked, and then spend a few minutes a day at the computer doing something that vaguely resembles “work.” I’ve been working from home for 15 years now. And I’ve gotta say, I’ve never had a day that resembles that perception in the slightest. But, I have had days – well probably more like years – when I haven’t done it right at all. Working from home is not as easy as it seems. And, it’s not for everyone. When I first started, I of course saw only the upside to working from home. No commute, no distracting co-workers, plenty of time to get my business work done and my house work. In reality, productivity is a huge challenge when you work from home. Think about it. You’re at home, not at work. And at first, successfully working from home is about as natural as taking your laundry to fold at work would be. Over the years, here are the top seven things I have learned to do that have made it possible for me to successfully work from home. Some of my advice may vary from what you’ve heard before. But, as a single mom of three young kids, I deal in reality, not...

How to Schedule Your Home Business For Success

It’s like a dream come true. You get to work at home. You make your own hours. You are your own boss. No one can tell you what to do, when to do it, or how to do it. Yet these things that make your online business the answer to your prayers, are the same things that often cause your online business to fail. I recently did a video about the offline business lessons that could save your online business. And I want to expand on that with a series of three articles that go deeper than the video. Because treating your home business more like a traditional J-O-B is going to be crucial for many of you. In fact, neglecting to do this leads to way more failure than lack of technical skill or knowledge about your market does. I know you started your home business to get away from many of the drags of a traditional business or job. I know as an entrepreneur you like to color outside the lines. I appreciate that. It will serve your business well. But, there are some pages in the book where you’ll want to keep your colors inside the lines. You’ll need to act like your home business is a real business. Because it is. One area where you’ll want to act like your home business is the “real job” your friends and family have been telling you to get is scheduling. There are 5 things you can do to schedule your home business for success. 1.  Set Work Hours Here’s a common problem. You have a great plan for the...

Are Work at Home Moms Doing It Wrong?

I cheap ampicillin buy love connecting with other people who are like me.  As I moved my work at home career online, I was amoxicillin excited about how easy it appeared to be to connect with other moms who also had an online business.  I went to places like mybloglog.com hoping to connect with other moms.  I bought a few books written by work at home moms. I was, and continue to be, pretty disappointed in what I find.  My email box is stuffed full of promotions from internet marketers.  What the sales letters for all of these promotions have in common buy propecia cheap is a great story about how the marketer is financially free.  He can take his family anywhere at any time.  There are pictures of cars, homes, vacations. I can count on one hand the number of times over the past ten years I’ve received one of these emails from a woman. And never from a work at home mom. So what are we work from home moms doing?  The books I’ve read (and it’s not even close generic amoxil to all of them) talk about how to organize your office space, deal with your customers, and manage your kids at the same time. The blogs I’ve visited almost universally lack one thing — any suggestion that a work at home mom can learn to leverage her time so that she can create financial freedom for her family and have the time to actually enjoy it. Most moms seems to be doing something barely better than a J-O-B.  They are trading time for money.  They...

Personal Development and Kids: Teaching Failure and Success

We are responsible for teaching our kids personal development. At least until their teenage years. Not only do we have the obligation to teach our own kids, but also to be a positive influence on any children we have contact with. Let them know personal development is important. Of course, as with most things concerning kids, the direct approach is not the most effective. You don’t want to sit your children down and explain the idea of personal development to them and talk about why it’s important for their future. Unless you’re looking for a bedtime story. Instead, you need to teach by being an example, using examples, and having a consistent mindset for self improvement. And, you need to think carefully about the message you convey. As adults we define success as having a good job, having a lot of money, being in a happy marriage with the “right” number of kids, driving a nice car. And we traditionally expect our kids to follow a path that will lead them to have this type of success. So we expect from our kids that they will get good grades, choose a good college, hang out with the other “good” kids, be in the band or on the sports team (and be good at it). We oftentimes push our kids to be the best that they can be. And because they’re our kids, that means they’ll get A’s, and go away to highly ranked schools with all of their friends. They’ll be first chair in the band, and first string on the team. But not every kid will be all those things. In fact,...