• Blogging,  Business

    The Cost Of Being Cheap

    I have a confession: I am fucking cheap. Not cheap as in frugal, or coupon clipping, or even spending countless hours shopping around for the lowest possible price I can find for ugly Ugg boots because I am terrified of my first real winter. (No, I have not done that at all). I’m the worst kind of cheap. You know. The kind that will pay my bills late, wear the same bra that makes my boobs look saggy, and walk around in pants with buttons missing but always has money in the bank. And when it comes to drinking good coffee, eating good food, and drinking good wine, I have…

  • Blogging,  Business

    How To Be Better Than Your Competition

    Here’s the truth: it’s not all that hard to be better than your competition. Because people are lazy. And business is a grueling battle where only the strongest survive. (Or the ones who actual work harder and smarter). Although working hard is a great way to get ahead, it’s not enough. You have to also be smart. That means you have to set up your biz in a smart way, create smart content, market smarter, and solve problems that will actually help people. (So much so they will actually want to pay you for it). Be intentional It’s not enough to slap together a blog and pump out tons of…

  • Blogging,  Business

    How To Turn Your Blog Into A Business

    By far the most common question I get asked is how to turn your blog into a business. And rightly so, for those of us who love to blog it’s only natural to want to make a profit doing something that we are passionate about. It’s not necessarily an easy answer and how much bloggers make can vary wildly, but there are a few things that kind of have to happen in order for you to ever make any serious money from your blog. Think about your blog as a business Most times the only difference between being an amateur and a pro is your mindset (and of course pros…

  • Blogging,  Business,  internet marketing

    3 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Invest In

    Ditching the 9-5 is amazing. But despite dreams of laid back and easy days that involve you doing whatever you want to do, you soon realize that working for yourself is actually still hard work. (Imagine that) An entrepreneur is born, not created. It takes heart, courage, and work. But those of us who are born for it, can’t help but have the itch to create something beautiful for our lives, and for other’s lives. Before you take the entrepreneur plunge, there are a few things every entrepreneur should know. Do your research and make sure you know what you are getting in to. If you have already taken the…

  • Business,  internet marketing,  Social Media

    When Social Media Is Bad For Your Business

    Okay I get it. Social media is here to stay. It’s not even really social media anymore, its just the Internet. It’s how we communicate, it’s how we do business-we are social, it’s natural. I know I’ve shared with you how social media can grow your blog and business, and I know you’ve heard that both you and your biz should get social. Both true. But right now I want to talk about when social media is bad. Gasp… Yes, getting social is sometimes not all that its cracked up to be. You focus on the wrong numbers I could care less how many people you have following you on…

  • Business,  internet marketing,  Social Networks

    Why Marketing Yourself Works

    Someone once told me, “Focus on marketing your brand, keep yourself out of it.” This of course was after a conversation where I dished all about my plans to market myself on the internet. Although I took this matter-of-fact information as kind of a knock to my pride it didn’t deter me. I noticed a trend in the industry-people were just being themselves. (What a thought). When I visited sites I loved I noticed that instead of people pretending they had a huge corporation, they simply shared as themselves. I saw pictures of the people who owned these sites, some even shared family photos, I knew their name, I felt…