Woman Issue 149
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Signs It's Time
To Hire Someone
By Christine Kane
I remember the first time I hired someone to mow my lawn for the
summer. I was a tried-and-true D.I.Y. gal. I prided myself on it.
The only problem was that I freakin' couldn't stand mowing the
lawn. I'd dread it all week. And even though I was happy once it
was done, I started dreading it again the very next day!
At that time, I was studying several financial and business books.
I began seeing my songs as my assets. I realized that the simple
act of writing a song like "No Such Thing as Girls Like That"
could pay me - in the long run - WAY more than the money I saved
by mowing my lawn.
In other words, I learned how to value my work in the world. I
learned how to act on that value. It was scary for sure. (The voices
in my head shrieked at me to just bite the bullet and do my own
lawn!) But that one act taught me so much about success and the
value of my time.
These days I've taken it to a much bigger level, and I have a small
team working for me.
Now that I'm coaching people, I gently teach them these new ways
of valuing their time as they expand into more success in their
Here are 7 signs that it might be time for you to hire some help...
1 - You don't have enough time to do the thing you're best at.
What are you good at? What do you want to be good at? How much
time do you actually spend doing that thing? If you're running around
getting menial tasks done - and you have no time to pursue your
passion, or engage in your high-pay-off, high-delight activities,
then ask yourself why.
Even if you let go of one item (like shoveling the snow) you're
telling the Universe the value of your time. (And you know what?
The Universe always says Yes.)
2 - You resent people who don't struggle.
This is a big one.
If you hold resentment for people who live life with joy and ease,
this could be telling you that you are waiting for rescue. That
just leads to more struggle.
Only YOU are in charge of whether or not you struggle. Rescue yourself
and learn what true empowerment feels like.
3 - You're worried about the economy
Waiting for the economy to get better before you'll hire someone?
Why not become a part of the solution and use your money to improve
While everyone else is pulling back and firing people - you can
experience what it's like to be the change you wish to see in the
4 - You think that no one can do it as good as you.
If you just shouted "Amen Sister!" - then please step
away from your computer. Go to the bathroom mirror. Look into that
mirror and say the following aloud:
"I have a bit of a control issue."
The belief that no one can do it better than you serves only to
keep you in the role of the Martyr. Unless you are, say, a brain
surgeon, then there are many people who can (and will) do it as
good as you.
5 - You're not playing to win. You're playing not to lose.
Ask any coach or athlete about this.
When you play to not lose, all you're doing is surviving, relying
on yourself and hoping no one notices you.
When you play to win - you take risks, you keep your mental attitude
strong, you rely on the team, you look for the goal. Decide that
you want to play to win.
6 - You've used this phrase at least once in the past week:
"By the time I show someone how to do it, I could just do it
This is a classic phrase of someone who refuses to succeed. It's
the mantra of the struggle-addict.
Learning how to delegate is empowering. Not just for you, but for
others as well. Besides, when you show them how to do it once, they
can keep on doing it so you don't have to!
7 - You dread certain things so much that they don't get done.
It's okay to not enjoy aspects of your work or your life. (Most
musicians don't like doing their own newsletter, for instance.)
This is the exact thing you can hire someone to do.
What items do you dread? No matter what they are, when you get
them off your plate, you'll experience more energy just knowing
they're getting done - and you don't have to worry about them anymore!
About the Author
Performer, songwriter, and creativity consultant Christine Kane
publishes her LiveCreative weekly ezine with more than 4,000
subscribers. If you want to be the artist of your life and create
authentic and lasting success, you can sign up for a FREE subscription
to LiveCreative at www.christinekane.com.
of Blog Posts
By Ms. Liz
If you own a blog you know the importance
of keeping your blog fresh and your audience interested.
It can be challenging to come up with blog posts that won't
bore your visitors and is interesting enough to keep them
It doesn't matter whether you are blogging
for fun or blogging to make money, if visitors are your
goal then here are eight types of blog posts that you can
use to keep your blog interesting, promote sharing, increase
followers and encourage comments.
Type 1 - The 'QUICK TIPS' Blog Post
Quick tips are great in between
posts. They are short and normally between 100 and 250 words.
If you have ideas that you want to share with your readers
but it doesnt justify a full blog post, posting quick
tips are ideal. The tip should be focused on one key area
of your niche. For example, How to eat less when eating
out is a perfect 'quick tip' for a dieting blog.
Type 2 - The 'HOW TO' Blog Post
Expanding on the quick tips blog post, let's
look at the 'how to' posts. These provide expanded and much
more detailed information to your readers on how to do specific
things related to your niche such as step-by-step instructional
detail or specific examples. You could even separate these
posts into two or three part courses.
For ideas on 'how to' posts, have a look at
niche topic forums or other related blogs for questions
that others are asking on how to do specific things. Well
written, detailed informative 'how to' posts are typically
very popular and can help recognize you as an authority
in your field.
Type 3 - The REVIEW Blog Post
Product or service reviews are especially
useful to readers because it helps them with the decision
buying process. It's also a great way to monetize your blog.
This is particularly beneficial to affiliate marketers.
When you review a product and include your affiliate link,
this gives you the opportunity to make a commission from
each sale you generate.
The key to writing a credible 'review' blog
post is not to simply go over the major benefits and highlights
of the product, but to also mention things about the product
that could be improved. This keeps your review balanced
and also gives your reader a more objective view. Your blog
visitors will appreciate your candid honesty and will be
more likely to trust your recommendation.
Type 4 - The RESOURCE Blog Post
Some of the most popular blogs use resource
lists. Blog readers love lists because they can easily scan
the information and focus on what they are most interested
For example, if writing a post on the '10
ways to lose weight fast' a resource list would mention
the posts from related blogs that also have this information.
This gives your reader a much broader view of ideas and
tips available to them.
By doing this you will also find that readers
will look to you as a useful resource for finding as much
well-rounded information as possible on the topic at hand.
Type 5 - The INTERVIEW Blog Post
People love interviews, especially if it's
with someone they like and admire. Try interviewing someone
in your niche and sharing the results of the interview with
your blog readers. This is also a powerful traffic generator
as the person you interview will most likely post the interview
on their blog and around the web, bringing more traffic
back to you!
Type 6 - The 'BEST OF' Blog Post
These are great end of the year or end of
season posts. For example, if you do a lot of reading, you
might list the 'best of' articles, books or guides that
you read during the past year.
Additionally, you could also create a post highlighting
your most popular blog posts of the year. Whatever your
niche, have a look back at the items, events or ideas that
were the year's best and create a post around them. This
can be a fun, especially for the nostalgic reader.
Type 7 - The PERSONAL STORY' Blog Post
Everyone loves a personal story. Anyone that
follows you or your blog would be interested in a personal
event or happening related to your niche. Did you attend
a seminar? Did you buy a new product? Did you have a mishap
that could be made an example of? Without getting too personal
or overly detailed, writing a blog post on you personal
achievements or activities almost always draws interest
Type 8 - The 'NEWS' Blog Post
Every niche has some news related items or
happenings. Keep your eyes and ears open to what's going
on, then find a newsworthy item and write your personal
comments. This is not only an easy to create, quick post;
it also encourages feedback from readers. Be sure to link
to the post you are referring to along with your comments.
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About the Author
Liz McGee, author and marketing specialist, offers free
tips and help for those that want to make money online,
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Real Secret to
Living Your Dreams
By Suzanne Falter-Barns
Stop, right here and right now, and ask yourself this critical
question about your dream: Do you really believe you can have what
Or do you tend to operate with your feet in two camps -- one that
says, 'I'm going out there and pursue my dream' and another that
says, 'I'll also hedge my bets by doing something I don't love that
much, just in case the dream thing doesn't work out.' This is what
Persephone Zill, a coach I've worked with, would call 'indirectness'
and I'm here to say that it doesn't work.
I've spent a lot of time in life hedging my bets under the mistaken
illusion that this is mature, business-like behavior. The real irony
is that seldom have these supposedly businesslike ideas ever produced
income or other results that I thought for sure they would.
The urge to hedge your bets often runs contrary to everything your
gut instincts scream at you to do. For instance, say you want to
be a teacher. Your instinct says 'Quit the job! Go get licensed!
Be a teacher kids never forget!' Meanwhile, you hedge your bets
by dedicating most of your energy to work that doesn't feed your
soul, and taking a course here and there that never really moves
you any closer to the dream. You justify your lack of action by
insisting you can't afford to quit or alter your job, or deciding
you don't want to change your lifestyle and live on a teacher's
And yet ... what do you want?
Do you want the excuses, or do you want the results? Do you want
a life that's halfway, but never all the way, to the dream? For
a lot of us, the excuses, and the half-baked life are all we think
We don't focus on getting what we want because somewhere along
the way, we decided we don't deserve that much happiness and fulfillment.
I trace my own inclination to think that way back to a pivotal lunch
with my mother back in my senior year in high school, when she asked
me what I wanted to do with my life. As I was about to answer, 'Be
a singer or a writer,' she pointed a finger at me and announced
triumphantly, 'Communications! You're going to be GREAT in communications!'
Whereupon I promptly burst into tears, and went on to spend 18 years
in advertising, 'communicating' and hating myself all the while.
Seeds get planted that should not have been allowed to grow; ideas
get listened to that should have been ignored. We cast about looking
for anyone else but ourselves to give us direction -- and yet, WE
are the only ones who can give us the permission to really, truly,
honestly create what we want in life.
We can do what we want, but only if we are brave enough to seize
the initiative -- even if it means not listening to Mom and going
it alone. The urge not to provide ourselves with what we need in
life is a sort of creative anorexia, deprivation that is all about
a distorted picture of who we are and what we deserve. The real
irony is that seldom do the contingency plans and hedged bets work
out. During my entire career in advertising I never made half the
salary that my other, more eager co-workers made. The simple fact
was that I didn't want to be there, nor should I have been. Consequently,
I couldn't produce the results that were expected of me.
(As a footnote to this, however, I will say that Spirit always
has a plan -- for now I use what I learned all those years in advertising
in my work helping coaches, speakers and consultants brand themselves
and build platform. And now that I'm promoting something I actually
care about ... I love it.)
Perhaps the road to getting what you want won't be fast, easy or
lined with gold, but it will be one hundred percent honest. And
that provides riches you can't even begin to count. So get out there,
make a transitional plan you can stick to, and begin to do what
I'm here to say that you do, indeed, deserve it.
© 2006 Suzanne Falter-Barns LLC
About the Author
For information on how to find the time, energy, money to live your
purpose in life, check out Suzannes free ezine, The Joy Letter.
Sign up at http://www.howmuchjoy.com/joyletter.html
and receive our valuable report, 35 Guaranteed Time Savers. And
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at Home Moms Create Entrepreneurs
By Audrey Okaneko
Work at home moms do much more than create an income. They also
quite often create entrepreneurs in their own children.
When my daughter was just 13 or 14 she came to me and told me she
was interested in opening an IRA account. She knew about IRA's in
two ways. Being a work at home mom myself, I had an IRA account
since I didn't have any other type of retirement benefits. It was
a term she was familiar with. In addition, she had a friend whose
father was an accountant and so he also knew the term. Today, my
daughter is 26 and has had money in this IRA for over ten years
now. Imagine when she's 65 how that money will have grown.
Here are some additional ways that work at home moms can teach
the art of being an entrepreneur to their children:
1. My children have learned that there are always many options
available out there. There is not one right answer for everyone.
Some people sell books and other people sell music. My children
have learned that just about anything can be turned into a product
or service-based business.
2. My children have learned about customer service. Sales are all
about relationships and customer service. Because I've been a work
at home mom since my kids were born, they've always been exposed
to someone striving for excellent customer service.
3. My older daughter has always been active in my business, helping
with data entry, newsletters, mailing of catalogs, putting together
fundraising packets and more. She's seen all the pieces of running
a business from home and has learned which pieces are most important
in creating success.
4. Running a business of your own does require high self esteem,
personal motivation and the ability to multi-task. Both of my kids
have developed all three of these characteristics as a result of
learning from me and working with me.
5. Work at home moms must develop a money management system. Being
self- employed means no taxes are being held out by the company.
It means there is no 401K and there are no benefits such as health
insurance. Money management is a must. Both of my kids have a very
good understanding of money and how money works.
6. Time management, like money management, is essential to those
who work from home. My kids have seen me work at 5:00 a.m. and they've
seen me work at 10:00 p.m. depending on the day and what needs to
be accomplished. Having the flexibility to work your own schedule
is a luxury that not everyone has.
7. Making decisions, whether right or wrong adds to the overall
self confidence of an individual. My kids have seen me make a decision
that needed to be changed. However it's my decision, not a boss's
decision or a company's decision. Both of my kids are able to make
decisions in most any situation.
Work at home moms very often find joy in watching their own children
use the skills taught to them in childhood to create their own businesses
and become a second generation of entrepreneurs
About the Author
Audrey Okaneko has been in direct sales since 1983. She can be reached
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Pitfalls of Owning
a Home Business
By Carrie Wilkerson
Running a home-based business has its pitfalls. Be
aware of them and save yourself some "teething" problems.
Here I will mention 5 pitfalls and how to avoid them.
1. Not thinking outside the box (a.k.a. being too rigid)-
We're indefatigable creatures of habit, aren't we? We dislike stepping
too far away from our comfort zone. We use the same strategies thinking
that if they don't work the first time, they will next time. Wrong.
Fact: times change, customers are fickle, and markets evolve.
What does that mean to you? Your business is just as dynamic and
you must ride the crest of change.
Some home-based entrepreneurs are so fixed in their ways they run
their business like static entities. For example, if you start out
with yellow page advertising or an e-mail campaign and you're not
getting any sales, you should try another method. One advertising
format will not work for everyone. Say you're a real estate agent.
Why send a mass mailing out of state when your own geographical
area is sufficient? Do you have the capability to show homes located
out-of-town? Are you willing to travel?
2. Mixing business with pleasure (or, in your case, mixing
business and family commitments) - Your kids are adorable but your
business deserves TLC (tender loving care) too. Set your priorities
before you start your day, brief the family on the hours they can
have your undivided attention and establish boundaries.
If your children are old enough to fend for themselves, request
they make their own snacks or meals and clean up. (Easy Mac, Uncrustables
and other "ready-to-go" meals are staples for my older
kids at mid-day.) Do everything possible to eliminate family distractions.
There has to be some give and take here...but the family will need
to understand that you have work to do.
3. Not Knowing When to Stop - If you're like us, we can't
tear away from our computer. Taking a real lunch break or watching
a good film are luxuries. Correction: were luxuries. We've smelled
the coffee and now realize that even if our work is important...it
should not define us. If you love your work, and want to do it forever,
step on the brakes and think of your fundamental values as a human
being. Most of all, think health and balance. Don't allow your work
to consume you to the point of not being able to think about anything
4. Zoning considerations - An overdose of enthusiasm can
make you oblivious to the "legalities" of a home-based
business. Register your business, especially if you've chosen a
name other than your own, and request tax assistance if you're unsure
what deductions you can claim.
Also, if you live in an apartment or condo, ask the building manager
how much business volume is acceptable. For instance, some condo
associations may not look too kindly on a steady stream of business
visitors or package deliveries. Avoid any penalties by looking into
this issue ahead of time.
5. Over self-confidence - Some business owners become ecstatic
with the initial customer response that they think they've figured
out the right formula for success. Don't rest on your laurels; instead
continue to grow your business. If you think that life will be a
bowl of cherries from now on, remove those rose-colored glasses
because the competition will clobber you if you're not vigilant.
A home-based business, like most commercial endeavors, has up and
down cycles. Continue to work hard even when you're on the upswing!
About the Author
Carrie Wilkerson is the voice of experience. From corporate
life to teaching high school to direct sales, she has 'been there
and done that' professionally and personally. An 'overnight mom'
to 2 toddlers through adoption, her priorities instantly changed
and so did her workplace. She's now built several businesses and
coached others to do the same while overcoming extreme debt, losing
110lbs and having 2 more children, for a total of 4 children, ages
infant through 12! As 'The Barefoot Executive', Carrie and her network
of experts have quickly become the definite resource for helping
women achieve extra income and career goals while working from home.http://barefootexecutiveonline.com
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