Coming out of the {Blog} Closet

This is my Coming out of the Blog Closet Post... a very rough draft describing my career path over the past eight years.  I started this summary for my LinkedIn profile.  In our house, we call this type of  draft a "sloppy copy" :...more

Do You Give Yourself Enough Time & Space?

You promised yourself that you’d leave the office at a sane time for the upcoming weekend or that long-awaited vacation, but do you?  Or do you try to do “just one more thing”? Sound familiar? You decided to be your own boss because you wanted freedom and flexibility. But, are you giving it to yourself? ...more
It actually depends on what type of business that you are in. I have had multiple businesses ...more

4 Ways to Grow Your List of Prospects

When you own your own business you must constantly be working to grow your list of prospects. It's called keeping your pipeline full. If you don't take consistent action your numbers will simply dwindle over time. In this post Linda Daley shows you 4 ways you can continuously and consistently grow your list. ...more

5 Easy, Inexpensive Ways to Learn New Business Skills

Keeping your skills sharp is crucial for anyone who runs a business. Without the perk of company sponsored training, you have to do-it-yourself. Even if you attend formal conferences or hire mentors, there is still always more to learn. I believe in spending some time learning something new each and every day. You don't have to spend hours at a time. Simply 15-30 minutes a day will reap huge rewards. ...more

How to Create Videos to Market Your Services

Video marketing is the next best thing to being there "live" with someone. It is a crucial tool for small business owners to market their services. Here is a great how-to from Karyn Greenstreet with 8 solid tips (born from the author's first great video adventure) to help you do it right. ...more
@April Byrd You are welcome!!more

What You Need To Know About Online Contracting

The promises of online contracting sites like Elance and oDesk are alluring. Clients will come to you. You will have a selection of assignments to choose from. Easy invoicing! Get paid!  But is it worth it? Are these online contracting sites the secret to landing more assignments? Writers say that they are good for filling in the budget gaps -- but they aren’t perfect. On the Inside ...more
Sarah - this is a great primer for how to succeed in online work.  On Elance, over 3k new jobs ...more

10 Things You Can Do When Business Slows at the Holidays

For many small and solo business owners (especially service based businesses), the holidays are a time when things slow down. So, how can you make the most productive use of this time? ...more
L.O.V.E. this!  Passing on to my team :-)more

Holiday Gift Guide for Entrepreneurs

What do most entrepreneurs and self-employed business owners want for the holidays? Gifts that fall into two main categories: Something that helps them move their business forward, or something that makes their life more enjoyable. ...more
@Karen Ballum I truly want an excuse for the projector..  Yes the little post-it flags. I could ...more

Working for Free: When Does It Make Sense?

Work for free?!? Pshh. Never! Right? Well … Generally speaking, I think writers should always be paid for their work. Your time is money, right? But there are no absolutes, and sometimes working for free really does make sense. When to Work for Free Sure, you want to be paid for your efforts. Can't blame you there (me too!). But sometimes doing some work for free can be really beneficial in the long term. ...more
Aside from portfolio building, sometimes I like to think about working for free as part of my ...more

My 5 Most Powerful Daily Habits

We all have habits, some good, some bad. Or shall I say, some that move us forward toward an inspiring future and others that keep us stuck in the past. Habits are where the intersection between life and business becomes even more blurry than usual (and those of you that read me regularly know I have a pretty expanded concept of how life and business intersect). This is why I wanted to share my most powerful daily habits with you. ...more
I work better when I don't multitask. It's not just the stress, but I also use multitasking as a ...more