the paradox

Do you ever feel just a little bit crazy?

It’s no wonder!

You have children to teach, the family to feed, laundry piling up, and if you are an entrepreneur, you also have a business that needs attention or it’s going to shrivel up. There is so much that you need to do on any given day that you may lack focus. And even more so, you may lack clarity. If you don’t know what you are working towards, then how can you possibly know what you should be working on? See previous post for some help.

This, my friend, is the homeschool mompreneur’s paradox – you have a business for the purpose of supporting your family and yet little time to devote to it. You have an incredible idea for how you can serve others and yet lack a clear direction for how to reach your target audience. You have a passion to support, encourage, and inspire others through a business venture and yet lack the funds to get it off the ground.

Would you be surprised to hear that you don’t necessarily need more skills, more money, or more time to start or grow your business? You have been especially gifted to bless the world with your unique gifts and talents. There is just one thing you need:

The roadmap! Continue reading The Paradox – Homeschooling and Running a Business

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My Review of Leadpages, the Landing Page Provider

If you are a student of mine, or a reader of this blog, or a member of any one of my Facebook groups, then you probably know that I am a big fan of Leadpages. But I don’t think I’ve ever created as many landing pages using Leadpages as I have in these last few months, so I feel that it’s time I do a proper review.

Since October, I have created landing pages for the country unit studies I’ve been giving away, as well as some of the promotions and launches I have been working on. I will show examples throughout this blog post.

After all this time, work, and effort, I still cast my vote for Leadpages as my landing page provider. But I want to give you some very down-to-earth pros and cons to consider if you are looking for a landing page provider to drastically reduce the time you spend creating web pages as well as greatly improve their final appearance.

Let’s start with the Cons! Continue reading What I Really Think about Leadpages

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The right priorities

And why am I always putting out fires?

Priorities… Everybody has them but everyone’s priorities are personal. While I cannot tell you what your priorities are, I can help you find them. And I can help you work on them more intentionally.

If I were to have you list out your top 5 priorities and then your top 5 time-consuming activities, they probably wouldn’t match up very well. Because the truth is that while we usually know what our priorities are, we struggle to find time for them.

Why? Because we are putting out fires, that’s why!

Let me demonstrate this to you using Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Priority Matrix. This is not new to you, but how we are going to approach it probably is. Continue reading How can I tell if my Priorities are Right?

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Is it even possible to grow your email list for free these days?

Back in the gold rush days of the internet, it was easy enough to grow your list for free. If you had the right strategy, that is. Put out a good free offer along with an opt-in form, and let people know it’s there through social media. People would arrive at your site and download your freebie in exchange for their email address. Voila, you were building your email list at no cost to you.

In our current world, it’s not so easy. Algorithms change weekly, platforms rise and fall, and traffic is no longer guaranteed. Google, Facebook, and even Instagram are encouraging you to pay to play. This means that you have to pay for ads if you want your posts to be seen.

So, the question remains… is it possible to grow your email list for free? Continue reading How to Grow Your Email List for Free

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3 Tips for Conquering Writer’s Block

Are you a blogger, podcaster, or vlogger? Then you have surely faced writer’s block at some point along your journey. Especially, if you are committed to publishing new content on a consistent schedule, such as weekly, or even daily.

Writer’s block is real. You pull out a fresh sheet of notebook paper or pull up a blank blog post screen, and it screams at you, “You have NOTHING to say!”

writer's block

However, that’s just not true. You have plenty to say; it’s just that your mind has gone blank for a moment. The problem is when that moment stretches into an hour, a day, or, heaven forbid, a week. Continue reading How to Conquer Blog Post Writer’s Block

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Royalty-Free Image Links and Search Tips

For this blog post, I have gathered my 5 favorite free image sites. I literally find images from these sources every week. I love all of the free options that are now available for us to use for our blogs, social media posts, and even our products. But first, a quick tip for staying safe online. 😉

Whenever searching for images on the web, especially if your children are anywhere nearby, you need to take great care that you are searching responsibly and carefully. Never use a single word when searching the web for images. It is shocking what will turn up if you just type in the word “flower” or “maze” for example. Trust me, you don’t want to know. So always enter a string of words into the search bar, such as “big yellow sunflower” or “Wooden Shoe tulip farm” or “pumpkin patch and corn maze.” Just stay safe by being as specific as possible and never using a single search word.

Creative Commons:

This is a great place to search for royalty-free images because you can essentially search all of the free image sites from one search engine. Search Google, Wikimedia, Flickr, Pixabay and more from one location: Continue reading Here are my 5 Favorite Free Image Sites

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surprising discoveries

My surprising discoveries from 2016…

The end of the year is a time of reflection. Did I reach my goals? Did I stretch myself? Did my relationships grow? As I have been reflecting on 2016, I realized that I learned 5 surprising things about myself, my business, and the world around me.

Here are my surprising discoveries:

1. We are capable of so much more than we think we are.

We shortchange ourselves all the time. So often, we hold limiting beliefs about ourselves that simply are not true. Here are just a few of my limiting beliefs that I’ve held over the years: Continue reading 5 Surprising Things I Learned in 2016

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Behind the curtain of a successful launch

Let’s pull back the curtain, look behind the scenes, and see what that wizard is really doing.

Watching a product launch is a thing to behold! It’s amazing to watch a successful marketer take you along a problem-solution path, where he connects with you over a common problem (which is good), tells you how to solve the problem with a DIY solution (better) but then shows you the “done-for-you” solution (best). Next thing you know, you feel a burning need for that thing that didn’t exist a short time ago.

What just happened?

I’m going to show you. Let’s go behind the scenes and see the back end of my successful launches. (To me, a successful launch is one where you have either met your financial goal, came very close, or learned something valuable in the process. It’s not about reaching a certain dollar figure.)

A successful launch

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scheduling to set sail in 2017

Scheduling is essential for success!

Let’s face it… scheduling is important. You can either let life happen to you, or you can plan, schedule, and manage your life. In other words, it is within your power to create the life you want. It may take time and it may take diligence, but you are in the captain’s seat, at the helm of your own ship.

scheduling is like steering

 

Let’s take vacations for example… If you want to take that dream vacation, you need to put it on the calendar, even if it is 5 years out from now. Then it’s time to plan for it and save for it. Otherwise, that dream vacation is simply not going to happen.

Continue reading 5 Scheduling Essentials for Success in 2017

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great 2017

How “preparing” makes it possible!

What can you do to make the most of 2017, both personally and business-wise? From my experience, preparation is the key. Getting ready for a new year is not all that different from preparing for a big race. That’s why I’m excited to give you my top 3 strategies for making the most of the upcoming year.

1. Buy a monthly planner or desk calendar – the biggest one you can find!

You can usually find something suitable at your local office supply store. You definitely want to be able to see a month at a time (not a week) and have enough room to write some important deadlines and tasks in the boxes for each day.

preparing with monthly planner

 

I suggest that you do this scheduling activity by hand, not on your computer. While I think that Asana, Basecamp, Trello, and several other online apps are pretty awesome, this is not the time to use them. You can transfer your information over to one of those tools later. Continue reading Preparing by Scheduling for a Great 2017

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