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By Holly Reisem Hanna
When Instagram first came on the scene in 2010, I didn’t understand how bloggers could benefit from the platform. Unlike other social networks, its main focus was on the image with text and hashtags being secondary. In fact, the only place you’re allowed to have a link is in your profile.
But over the years I’ve become fascinated with the platform. It’s carefully curated images that tell a story. The quiet peacefulness that it eludes. If you ask me, this is is where Instagram’s success lies … it’s visually stimulating simplicity. It allows bloggers to tell a story through a single image. And brands and businesses have taken notice.
Currently Instagram has 400 million active users a month — which means there’s a huge opportunity for bloggers to leverage this platform for moneymaking opportunities.
Want to know more?
Let me introduce you to our Instagram Experts, Tory Johnson from The Stori Book, and Martine De Luna from Make it Blissful. Not only are these ladies sharing how they make money on Instagram — but they are dishing the dirt on how to create stunning Instagram images. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anum Yoon
Being self-employed can be incredibly liberating. You are allowed to follow your passions and make your own rules. Being self-employed can also be incredibly burdensome. If you aren’t working, you aren’t making money.
When it comes to taking long periods of time off work, like maternity leave, self-employed women must be more prepared than women who get employer-paid time off. It’s not impossible, but it does take some careful consideration.
Here’s how to make the best of your maternity leave when you work from home.
Save, Save, Save
Some states offer paid family leave for self-employed women, but most don’t. If you don’t live in a state that offers this kind of disability insurance, it will be up to you to save money prior to your leave. Decide how much time you’d like to take away from work then plan your savings accordingly. Also consider your future medical bills.
Everyone has heard the old adage a penny saved is a penny earned, but I’ve got a new one for you: a penny gifted is a penny saved. In other words, be smart about your baby shower registry. Yes, those frilly dresses and miniature tuxedos are adorable, but they are not practical or necessary. Ask friends and relatives for baby items that require a constant supply – diapers, wipes and creams. The less money you have to shell out for daily expenses, the further your saved dollars will stretch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kelly Robbins
No one wants to spend their time scrambling for new clients – ever.
Yet being in front of people that need your services is the only way to make money and grow. Successful marketers know that there are two ways people buy.
One is they buy when they first find you. They have a problem and they are actively looking for a solution. Now. This is the prospect that picks up the phone and calls you or sends an email to schedule a consultation today.
The second way a prospect buys is when they are in the research or exploring phase and they run across your information – they really aren’t ready to buy yet. They are thinking and comparing and learning. Read the rest of this entry »
By Helene Caura
Nikki Elledge Brown was a Park Ranger in Hawaii. She was good at communicating clearly to an audience. She decided to make an online course about it, and targeted website creators. She sold 1,000 of her $300 course during her very first launch.
Nick Stephenson teaches authors how to improve their marketing efforts and build their platform, and made $130,208 with his first launch, in one week.
In my first article, I researched why more and more coaches and experts are excited about creating e-courses. Kathryn Hocking, an Australian ecourse expert and launch strategist, sums it up very well: “It is a leveraged way to share your gifts with your ideal clients and make a greater global impact than 1:1 work alone, and it can allow you greater flexibility and freedom in your coaching business.”
If you’re interested in learning how to design and develop your own online course, in today’s article, I’d like to:
- Show you 5 things that happen behind the scenes that make successful courses.
- Share with you objections I generally hear from experts who are interested in creating their first ecourse, but can’t get started.
- Give you with tips and suggestions on how to overcome your invisible scripts, so you can launch your ecourse.
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By Deborah Sweeney
According to the Kauffman Foundation, after falling for five years, the amount of new entrepreneurs as a percentage of the population finally picked back up. That means, for many, we aren’t just approaching the end of the year – we’re also approaching the end of their first year of business. And as exciting as that is, a lot of new entrepreneurs aren’t quite sure what they should be doing to prepare for the new year. Sure, most know they have to get their books in order for tax season, but many are still asking “what else?” Honestly, the answer varies from business to business, but there are a few, generic end-of-the-year tasks that can help nearly any new company heading into 2016.
Review Your Company’s Staffing Needs
The vast majority of small businesses do not have any employees – 79% of all small firms are non-employers, according to the Small Business Administration. So you shouldn’t feel like you need to hire someone in 2016. Read the rest of this entry »