Keep Your Home Based Business Going When Life Gets Crazy

home based businessLiving our lives to the fullest—that’s one reason why we’ve decided to have a home based business, right? Whether you’re freelancing and contracting with clients, representing a product in a direct sales company, or managing your own website selling goods or services, you appreciate the flexibility to do what needs to be done on your own schedule.

I consider it a blessing to be able to be home when my kids are home from school in the afternoons. I love having the flexibility of being able to rearrange my day to attend a mid-day honors program or help set up and decorate for my daughter’s band awards night.

I guess there’s always a flip side, though, right?

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Disclosure: I am not a medical doctor. Any statements made on this blog about essential oil use are not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any condition. My statements about essential oils are my opinion and are based upon my own experiences and research.

I occasionally feature affiliate links in my blog posts. Should you follow my link and make a purchase or join a membership website, I will be compensated for my referral.

5 Easy Steps to Start a Blog

5 Easy Steps to Start a Blog

I have been writing a blog since 2008 and I have worked as a blog editor/manager and ghost blogger since 2009. Every week or so, I have someone ask me about how to start a blog.

This is by no means an exhaustive explanation, but I offer you my best overall tips for how to start a blog:

1. First, decide where you see the blog going—will it be for hobby or for profit? Would you EVER want to make money on the blog? Even if you don’t think you’ll want to make money on the blog, I believe you should set up as if you did. Here’s why.

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Disclosure: I am not a medical doctor. Any statements made on this blog about essential oil use are not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any condition. My statements about essential oils are my opinion and are based upon my own experiences and research.

I occasionally feature affiliate links in my blog posts. Should you follow my link and make a purchase or join a membership website, I will be compensated for my referral.

What Lies Do You Believe?

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Have you ever given much thought about the power that lies have in your life?

Maybe it’s that persistent thought that, “I’m just not good enough.” Or what about the idea that surely God’s forgotten about you or that your past can’t be forgiven.

Sometimes the lies become so loud and so frequent that we start to actually believe them. That’s when we must offset lies by turning to God’s Word for truth. It’s this battle that is the subject of a new book by my friend, Allison Flexer.

Truth, Lies, and the Single Woman (Beacon Hill Press) is targeted at Christian women who long to be married and have children but who remain single.

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The Beauty of the Butterfly

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Disclosure: I am not a medical doctor. Any statements made on this blog about essential oil use are not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any condition. My statements about essential oils are my opinion and are based upon my own experiences and research.

I occasionally feature affiliate links in my blog posts. Should you follow my link and make a purchase or join a membership website, I will be compensated for my referral.

What I Learned While Mowing the Yard

What I Learned While Mowing the Yard - 4 principles for reaching goals

A few weeks ago, I decided to surprise my husband when he came home from work.

No, no. It was nothing romantic and didn’t even involve his favorite meal.

What brings a smile to my man’s face and a “Wow, honey!” to his lips?

Our yard—freshly cut.

That’s right. I mowed the yard.

Now, I’m no stranger to mowing the yard. I grew up on a farm where our yard was three huge grassy areas. I have mowed my share of yards. I have logged my time on mowers—both riding and push.

But it’s been oh, several years now that I’ve done yard work. And it’s sort of an understatement to say that I’m out of shape.

These realities did nothing, however, to quell my zest for getting work done! For surprising my hubby! For feeling productive!

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Disclosure: I am not a medical doctor. Any statements made on this blog about essential oil use are not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any condition. My statements about essential oils are my opinion and are based upon my own experiences and research.

I occasionally feature affiliate links in my blog posts. Should you follow my link and make a purchase or join a membership website, I will be compensated for my referral.

A Quick, Easy, and Legit Way To Make Money Online

Since I’ve had children and left full-time work, I’ve looked for ways to make money online. I’ve searched for legitimate work-at-home jobs, part-time gigs, and freelance projects that would pay decently and still allow me to enjoy work/family balance.

I won’t bore you with all the details, but suffice it to say that I’ve tried a wide variety of the “home party” model businesses, dabbled in Internet marketing, and clicked through survey after survey.

The result? A little bit of change.

But now? I’ve absolutely re-discovered a legitimate way to make money online, which involves minimal effort.

Swag Bucks Is A Quick, Easy, Legit Way to Make Money Online

I have written about using Swag Bucks before, but then I kind of abandoned it and honestly, forgot about it. I’ve come back to it, though, and have found it incredibly robust. Today’s site is full of awesome deals and easy online “tasks” to perform for Swag Bucks—likely tasks that you’re already doing anyway (like searching and online shopping).

My goal is to earn at least a $50 gift card so that I can do some Christmas shopping this year. That will come in handy since my husband has not been employed full-time this fall.

Is Swag Bucks For You?

Yes! If you spend even one hour daily online checking email or Facebook, then you MUST sign up for Swag Bucks. It’s a no brainer.

You can click through quick surveys or watch videos while you’re also taking care of routine online tasks. Boom. You’ve just earned 4 or 5 Swag Bucks.

Yes! Do you shop online? You MUST sign up for Swag Bucks. It’s a no brainer.

Simply go through the Swag Bucks site to get to your shopping destination, and all of sudden you’re earning SwagBucks – just for placing the order you were going to place anyway. It’s like a double discount.

I’m Your Special Swag Bucks Friend

Think of my as your personal Swag Bucks Guide.

Join my email list and I’ll keep you informed of any special news I get from the Swag Bucks team. You’ll be the first to hear of daily special codes and other offers.

I’m so excited to share with you now a wonderful special offer from Swag Bucks!

Special offer === >>> Sign up using my SwagBucks referral link before December 21  AND earn 1500 SB before January 1, 2014  and you will automatically get a bonus of 500 SB!

Hello, people! That’s like $5 just for signing up (think Starbucks latte)!

Daily Swag Bucks Codes

I also receive daily Swag Bucks codes. These are special codes that are only valid for a brief amount of time during the day but oh, so easy to redeem.

I’d love to add you to my email list for the Daily Swag Bucks Code. Just sign up at the end of the post.

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time on the computer anyway and you’d love to make some extra money.

Give Swag Bucks a try. What are you waiting for?

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Disclosure: I am not a medical doctor. Any statements made on this blog about essential oil use are not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any condition. My statements about essential oils are my opinion and are based upon my own experiences and research.

I occasionally feature affiliate links in my blog posts. Should you follow my link and make a purchase or join a membership website, I will be compensated for my referral.

Words Are Fun Friday: “Crazy”

Words Are Fun Friday: CrazyI saw this idea on another blog and thought it would be a good idea for my blog.

Every Friday, we’ll take a word and list as many phrases as possible containing that word. (It’s OK if these are portions of song lyrics, proper nouns, or brand names.)

This week’s word is “crazy.”

Here we go!

  1. Crazy bread
  2. Crazy for you
  3. Miss you like crazy
  4. I’m going crazy
  5. Crazy train
  6. Let’s go crazy
  7. One wild and crazy guy

What did I miss? What would you add to the list?

Disclosure: I am not a medical doctor. Any statements made on this blog about essential oil use are not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any condition. My statements about essential oils are my opinion and are based upon my own experiences and research.

I occasionally feature affiliate links in my blog posts. Should you follow my link and make a purchase or join a membership website, I will be compensated for my referral.

Overcoming Writer’s Block

So I know this blog’s name is The Writer’s Block.

But I didn’t choose that because I actually suffer from it. (No. I just thought it a cute play on words.)

From time to time, however, I get writer’s paralysis, I guess I’d call it. I have snippets of ideas and phrases and story starts all swimming around inside, but I find it terribly difficult to put them together and coax them out.

I always am writing and rewriting in my mind, as my husband is always playing music in his.

When this happens, I have a few tricks to unleash my subconscious and trigger the writing.

  1. I really like doing mundane tasks, such as vacuuming, folding laundry, and washing and drying dishes. I’ll rephrase: I don’t always like doing them, but I like what results and goodness knows, I need to be doing them anyway! I always, always, always have something come to mind when I do these things. I get kernels of article starters or even whole paragraphs for a project I’m agonizing over at work.
  2. Listen to good conversation. I hate inflammatory and irate talk radio. But I love thoughtful commentary on current events from all different perspectives. I enjoy call-in radio shows and Christian talk/preaching. I’m an NPR junkie and believe Terry Gross is one of the best interviewers in the world. The ladies of The View even get my wheels turning from time to time. You get the point. Bring words and thoughts and news and ideas into your head through your ears and eyes from all different points of view and see what happens.
  3. Try PLR articles for idea prompts. I have just discovered PLR (private label rights) articles within the last year. These articles are extremely affordable (typically about $1 per page) and in purchasing them, you buy all rights. This means you can slice and dice them any way you want. Edit them, use them as is, put one paragraph in today’s blog post and another in your newsletter—whatever. You want to find quality written PLR, of course; and as with most everything, junk does exist. But I have isolated a few reputable sources, take advantage of their free offerings, and purchase from them occasionally as well. If you are stuck and you need content, PLR is the way to go. It’s great to have in your arsenal! I recommend Tiffany Dow’s PLR MiniMart and Nicole Dean’s Easy PLR and my very own AllContentPLR.

Disclosure: I am not a medical doctor. Any statements made on this blog about essential oil use are not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any condition. My statements about essential oils are my opinion and are based upon my own experiences and research.

I occasionally feature affiliate links in my blog posts. Should you follow my link and make a purchase or join a membership website, I will be compensated for my referral.

It’s Been a Year

Hi.

It’s been a year since I’ve written over here.

It’s been a few months since I’ve blogged, period.

Anyway, I was getting a little bit homesick, I guess you’d say. And I have an idea.

I think I’m going to do something with this blog that I probably should have done almost four years ago.

Talk (almost) exclusively about writing. That kind of goes with the name and is certainly a passion of mine. I’ll still blog from time to time about faith and family at Look In Your House.

So, if you’re curious, you may want to stick around for more writing-focused posts.

 

Disclosure: I am not a medical doctor. Any statements made on this blog about essential oil use are not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any condition. My statements about essential oils are my opinion and are based upon my own experiences and research.

I occasionally feature affiliate links in my blog posts. Should you follow my link and make a purchase or join a membership website, I will be compensated for my referral.

New Year, New Blog

I have a new blog.

It’s called Look In Your House. I invite you to check it out, subscribe, and tell your friends. Every new subscriber from now until January 31 will be entered to win a great Winter Survival Kit, full of my favorite Melaleuca products.

I’ve been wanting a more niche-focused blog for almost a year now. It’s just taken this long for me to figure out exactly what it would be. It’s not 100% perfect just yet, but I’m giving up perfection! I want it to be in full swing by January 1, so I’m just going with it. (Aren’t you proud of me?)

I’ll still be here writing from time to time, but the bulk of my efforts in the new year will be at Look In Your House.

See you over there! (Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.)

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Disclosure: I am not a medical doctor. Any statements made on this blog about essential oil use are not meant to treat, diagnose, or cure any condition. My statements about essential oils are my opinion and are based upon my own experiences and research.

I occasionally feature affiliate links in my blog posts. Should you follow my link and make a purchase or join a membership website, I will be compensated for my referral.