How to accept good advice

Excellent points @riseupwoman. Thanks for reading and sharing!more

Store profile: The Antique Guild in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

The Antique Guild is an Old Town Alexandria institution; its been selling antique and estate jewelry (as well as holloware and flatware) in the same place for 33 years as of March 10th, 2013. The store's owner, Mara, first discovered a love of jewelry and antiques when she was a child. She remembers accompanying her military father to antique shops all over the world with her father and receiving little trinkets and pieces of jewelry from the sellers she met....more

what's in your shopping cart?

I absolutely LOVE Etsy! Love it. Here's the problem though, there's way too much out there. I do a search for "children's seersucker" and pages upon pages come up. Who has time to sift through all of that?I've tagged a few of my favorites shops in hopes of helping you out and hoping you enjoy their shops and products as much as I do!Mad Lucy Paper...more

True Confessions of an Extreme Outsourcer

This morning while walking my dog, making coffee and heading to my front porch to write, I also finished these tasks: invoiced two clients for consulting work, compiled web research onto an Excel pivot table, entered a stack of random travel receipts into a database, shopped for vegetables for a stirfry and folded three loads of laundry. Even though I avoid laundry at all costs and I don't even know how to make a pivot table. ...more

You are kind of blowing my mind right now. I really want to do this . . . but I can never seem ...more

Small Business Jobs Act: What Businesses and Bloggers Need to Know

If, like me, you're a sole proprietor or otherwise one-woman shop whose business is either based in social media, freelance writing, or marketing that makes use of social media for some other good or service you provide, you might experience all the struggles of a small business but feel left out of the jump-starts available for "bigger" small businesses. I like to think of us as micro-entrepreneurs -- too small to take on venture capital, not likely to get a bank loan for small businesses, but nevertheless hustling for paid work. ...more

The more you know the better prepared you are to deal with potential problems. Thanks for your ...more

Putting the "labor" back in Labor Day!


Let me see your Writer's License, please

Maybe I skipped a day in my English Literature classes when they explained this one, but I was always under the impression that "poetic license" was just a turn of phrase, not an actual license. Turns out I was wrong: according to an article I just read on Writers Weekly, entitled "She's Got a License to Write," it seems you really DO need a license to write. ...more