And if you’d like the holiday gift of a teeny, tiny consult - sign up for my newsletter and send me your URL. I’ll give your site a once-over and send you three specific-to-you suggestions to make your online space leaner, cleaner, more lucrative + traffic-ful.
Gosh, but I love transparency. Pinch of Yum is a super successful food blogger and each month she and her husband assemble (and publish!) a traffic and income report. Just reading this made me consider several new income streams! Because if she’s making $23,000+ a month it seems like she knows what she’s doing.
It’s been so long since I’ve had colleagues, I forgot to miss them! But they can help you workshop ideas, convince you to send (or not send) that email, and jumpstart your creativity. I really liked this post : 6 tips for staying creative without colleagues.
This post is full of that totally-obvious-advice-you-haven’t-thought-of: 3 ways to make more money on your next sale. Offer discounts on your passive products to your 1-on-1 clients. You’ve already got clients who love working with you, so why not give them some extra perks? They’ll be getting an awesome deal and you’ll be making an extra sale. Set up a special VIP Client Club that has special discounts for each of your passive products. Make it even more customized by offering them discounts on the specific products you feel they could benefit from. You could include the suggested product and special discount codes in your wrap-up report you provide each of your clients.
Yes! In a perfect world (re: about 50% of the time) I do all my writing before noon and spend the afternoon on email/formatting/being outside doing things not related to work. Scheduling time to work is so important! Include time spent working onyour business, and not just in your business. Schedule time for blog innovation and experimentation—things like investigating new platforms and emerging technology.
Two of my favorite things: travel and self-employment! Traveling like an entrepreneur.
Always needed: How to fire through your to-do list (and have fun doing it).
You already know about If This, Then That, right? I’m still figuring out how to use it, but once I’ve got it sussed? Watch out, internet.
What awesome things did you write/read/discover this month? Leave your favorite links in the comments!
I just abandoned the Facebook page for Yes and Yes. Are we the ones who are actually ruining social media sites?
A long-time problem of social networks has been that the bad feelings they can generate are greatly disproportional to good ones. In strict terms of self-motivation, posting something and getting a good reception feels good. But most of Facebook use is watching other people post about their own accomplishments and good times. For a social network of 300 friends with an even distribution of auspicious life events, you are seeing 300 times as many good things happen to others as happen to you (of course, everyone has the same amount of good luck, but in bulk for the consumer, it doesn’t feel that way). If you were happy before looking at Facebook, or even after posting your own good news, you’re not now.
Want to write a bestselling book? (Who doesn’t?) This post is full of a million tips and resources.
Would you like to email someone who’s incredibly busy? Here’s how to get their attention. Nothing drives people crazier than an email where someone sends over a lot of information but doesn’t say what they’d like you to do. I often respond to those immediately by asking: What do you want me to do?
Do you want me introduce you to someone? Do you want me read your blog post and give you feedback? Do you want me to respond with whether I’ll be able to attend an event? Be clear and say it explicitly up front.
If you’re creating images and updates unique to each social media platform (which you should be) here’s a great sizing guide for every platform, ever.
Last year my friend Rachel finished her degree, continued to be the only person I know who can pull off her hair color, and had a freak accident in a mosh pit that left her with thousands and thousands of dollars in medical bills. I wanted to do my part to help out so over on Facebook, I’m running a little silent auction for four hours of my time - even copywriting! Which I don’t offer anymore! If you’ve interested, pop over and leave a comment on the picture with your bid; auction ends February 28th at 6 pm CST.
Anyway. Here are some of the best, brightest things I’ve found online recently!
This is insaaaaanely helpful, no matter what time of year you read it. Finding inspiration and motivation to blog better this year. New Stimuli - one of the best ways to get your creativity levels up is to expose yourself to new stuff. Buy a book, watch a movie, meet someone new, go for a walk, spend time with your family, listen to some music – get out of your normal daily rhythm and expose yourself to some new sights, sounds, tastes, touches and smells. Remember that what you put into your life has a direct baring on what comes out.
Reminder: it’s totally possible to work on projects you’re excited about. AND ACTUALLY MAKE MONEY WHILE DOING SO. And you don’t have to get an accounting degree if you don’t want to. When everyone is making the same bet, there’s more competition. And when there’s more competition, there’s fewer winners. Those winners range from soul-sucking middle-management at T-Mobile to soul sucking stockbroker at Goldman Sachs.The money’s different, but the sad man in the uniform is the same.