Monday, August 30, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 8.30

"Your life is yours to create. Be grateful for the opportunity. Seize it with passion and boldness. Whatever you decide to do, commit to it with all your strength...and begin it now."

"What are you waiting for?"
- Peter Buffet

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Friday, August 27, 2010

So you want to be an entrepreneur?

If you can relate to many or all of the following traits and you have an idea you really believe in, you might be ready to become an entrepreneur:

Optimistic. The road to entrepreneurship isn't easy. You'll face many challenges ranging from having low funds to a small client list. But the business owners who succeed are those who turn these obstacles into opportunities. They don't pout about their problems; they work hard to find a solution.

Independent. Starting a business is a lot of responsibility. And if you want to be successful, you have to be able to work on your own everyday without a boss making sure things get done. Yes, you might be able to work in a corporate structure, but you should take pride in being your own boss.

Driven. Entrepreneurs want to be successful. They feel a strong desire to accomplish and set goals to track their progress. Seeing your business grow is rewarding, and the earnings that follow is a plus.

Self-confident. "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right," said Henry Ford, an accomplished entrepreneur. Having lots of self-confidence can be very beneficial whether you're seeking a bank loan, distributing advertisements or just opening the actual business. When business owners believe in their businesses and themselves, others take notice and respond positively.

Disciplined. Entrepreneurs realize they have to be on top of their game, 24/7. Many take time to stay healthy, and many realize that it's important to get away and spend time with friends and family. They know that creating a schedule puts them at their best professionally and personally.

Visionary. They complete daily tasks to operate their businesses, but they don't let the little things stifle their dreams. New business owners think about where they will be in the future. Establishing five- and ten-year goals help them remain focused and endure the bumps along the way.

Competitive. Many entrepreneurs are competitive in some aspects of life, and this nature comes into their businesses. It pushes them to do better every year and beat personal records.

Persistent. They don't take no for an answer. Entrepreneurs don't just give up when issues come up. Instead, they work through them and keep at it until they reach the success they want.

Risk taker. A lot of people don't want to leave the security that a corporate job provides-- the monthly paychecks, benefits and bonuses. But entrepreneurs are willing to step outside their comfort zone as opposed to wondering, What if?

Now, you don't have to be perfect in all these areas to be a successful entrepreneur, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. The most important thing you need to have when opening a business is determination to turn your dream into reality.

What do ya'll think? Is this list accurate? Are there any characteristics you would add? Let me know by leaving a comment! : )

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 8.23

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Affirmations 101

One thing that has really changed my life for the better is the use of affirmations. Not only have they helped me in my personal life but in my professional life as well.

If you don't know, an affirmation is a positive statement designed to counteract negative beliefs you may have. And according to Jeff Saniforth, founder of AffirmWare, a positive affirmation is a statement that becomes instilled in your subconscious mind and influences outside forces to maifest positive changes in your life through repetition.

A few benefits of affirmations:
  • By using positive self talk, you positively shape your reality.
  • It's an inspirational act to lift your spirits.
  • You gain the ability to connect with your inner guidance.
When you repeat your affirmations often, it can help you get on the path to getting what you want and becoming who you want. So after some time repeating them, what you've been saying will come into fruition (keep in mind this works for negative thoughts/phrases as well).

According to Staniforth, affirmations are based on three principles:
  • Your present reality is a direct result of your thinking.
  • Change your thinking, and your reality changes.
  • Affirmations change your thinking.
Some tips for writing your affirmations:
Use present tense. Positive affirmations work better when stated this way. So, for instance, instead of saying, "My jewelry business will be successful," say, "My jewelry business is successful."
Keep them positive. Instead of saying, "I don't eat junk food anymore" (a negative affirmation), try, "I eat healthier everyday" or even "I am motivated to eat healthier."
Make them short, and be as specific as possible. By keeping them short, your affirmations will be easier to say and to remember. And by being specific, you'll get exactly what you want. So if you want to make more money, affirm an exact amount, i.e., "I make $1500 through my business each month."
Repeat your affirmations often.
Use positive affirmations. Affirmations work best when you actually feel yourself being joyful when saying them. Additionally, use words that have power.
Believe. Now, you don't have to necessarily believe your affirmations initially, but as time goes on, you should definitely start believing what you're saying sooner rather than later. The quicker you start believing you can have what you want, you will.

Thoughts? Share them below.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 8.16

"You've got to follow your passion. You've got to figure out what it is you love - who you really are. And have the courage to do that. I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow [their] own dreams."
- Oprah Winfrey

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

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Friday, August 13, 2010

How to turn your side hustle into a business

If you've had your business going on the side for a while, you might be ready to take the plunge and go full-time. Don't know where to start? Here are nine ways you can turn that side gig into a full-fledged business:

1. Create a plan. Before quitting your job, create an exit plan. Figure out what goals you need to accomplish before you can quit. For instance, you may need to be making a certain amount of money or have a particular number of clients. Write down the steps needed to accomplish these goals, and give yourself a timeline for completing them.

2. Change your priorities. Instead of seeing your side hustle as your gig on the side, see your 9-to-5 as the gig on the side. Just make sure you continuously do well at your regular job so you aren't shown the pink slip before you're prepared to leave.

3. Let vacation time pay. Instead of using vacation time for, well, vacation, how about using it to meet with potential clients and networking?

4. Increase the hours in your day. If you feel there isn't enough time to work at both your job and side gig, consider becoming a night owl or early bird. You can use the time for buying merchandise, perfecting your business plan or doing more research.

5. Get some outside help. Before hiring someone, get suggestions from trusted people; you'll want an employee who is honest and reliable.

6. Use the knowledge you have. Know that the things you learn at your 9-to-5 can help you understand prospective clients and competitors.

7. Give freely to create some buzz. If you have a steady paycheck, you can probably afford to get exposure by giving away some freebies. (If you didn't know, people love free stuff!).

8. Pay yourself last. If you have the convenience of a regular paycheck from your job, put your business's profit back into the business. Use it to make marketing material or purchase supplies; put the rest of the money in the bank.

9. Swap your hustle. For instance, if you're an administrative assistant and want to go into catering, you can go full -time with the catering business and do office work part-time or on a temporary basis.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 8.9

"You will find success and happiness on your own terms when you embrace your authentic self and love and believe in who you are."
-Rita Bray Owens

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Writer Spotlight: Chrissy Begemann

How did you become interested in writing?
I have been a voracious reader since I was six and that has definitely influenced my writing. I enjoy the structure writing brings to unorganized thought.

Why did you decide to pursue freelance writing as a career?
I had a wide variety of jobs while I was in college. The ones that made me the happiest at the end of the day were the ones that challenged me as a writer. As a freelance writer, I enjoy both the flexibility to take on projects that interest me and the challenge that comes from creating a product that meets the client's needs.

What type of freelance writing do you do?
News articles, blog entries, business proposals, ghost writing.

What do you love most about it?
I love learning about topics I would not normally research on my own.

What is the most stressful aspect of being a freelance writer?
Maintaining a strong client list.

How do you deal with writer's block?
I usually give myself 15 minutes to do some filing or cleaning to clear my head. After the 15 minutes, I come back to the task and free write until it comes together.

What are some of your career goals?
My specific career goals tend to change, but the field remains the same. I thrive in the world of print. The career goal in mind for now involves becoming the editor-in-chief for a publishing company.

Are there any projects you're currently working on?
August is a big month for me. I am working on a few of my personal blogs, Write is Right and The Life and Times of a Twenty-Something. I'm also trying to teach myself DreamWeaver.

Advice/tips for aspiring freelancers.
Build your network. Surround yourself with people with similar goals. You can learn from each other what works and what doesn't.
Ask for help. Find a mentor. Find someone out there who works on the level you dream about.
Know your limits. Don't get burned out by promising to deliver too much in too short a time. Remember to schedule days off to rest your mind.

For more info on Chrissy, check out her website,

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If you're a writer interested in being featured, contact me at jamie [at] mochawrites [dot]com.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 8.2

"Tomorrow's leaders not only have dreams, goals and plans. They are willing to work hard and take responsibility for turning their plans into energy, perspiration and effort. They don't sit back and wait for someone else to turn their dreams into action. They take charge of executing their own plan."

- Denis Waitley

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