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ShayB last won the day on March 16

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  1. I use Aweber for my list, and if a file is too big I can't send it as an attachment. I've been using a link in the welcome email to deliver their freebie/incentive, but I was curious as to what others do.
  2. I love how it makes everything so uniform! I'm now doing it for my online biz as well as my offline biz. It just makes things look so professional. I just finished my first Hotsheet with the new colors, and I have to say that it makes a huge difference.
  3. The product I'm working on is "7 Ways to Make Money from Writing without Writing Articles," and I should be done this weekend. It's going to be the new freebie I give out for joining my Writing WAHM site. If anyone would like a review copy/advance copy, let me know.
  4. The uniform look with biz cards, brochures, postcards, etc., really does make a difference. It also eliminates the "what colors am I going to use on this piece?" question, which saves me a lot of time.
  5. I'm delving deeper into branding for my business, and I have to say I never saw the importance of having a uniform color palette and fonts for your biz, but after selecting both for mine, the difference is surprising. Biz cards, brochures, logo, etc. -- it ties everything together, and it provides a level of professionalism that's very noticeable. I love it. If you haven't done this yet for your business, I highly recommend it. I have used both Canva and for palette inspiration/creation. (The free version of Canva doesn't offer it, but I think the paid version is well worth it.)
  6. Very interesting to look back on this thread almost a year later. I do think the type of business you're in plays a big factor. If you have a biz that is very narrowly defined and selective, generalized networking may not be the best answer. Something that appeals to the masses, so to speak, might be a better candidate for a networking event/group. This is especially the case if the members have businesses that would be great for advertising in there place of business. For example, if you have a hair styling salon or a restaurant owner as members, there could be a way to advertise your biz through those channels. One hair salon I know of has a big book of business cards for clients to browse through as they wait. (Think of a large photo album-type binder.) The cards for other group members are in there, and each member gets one page of cards. There are about 30 pages to browse through, and it works. (I've seen it first hand as I've waited to get my hair cut.) On the other hand, if you only need 20 clients to make your whole yearly sales goal, $600 might be perfect to reach out to enough people in an impressive way to make your sales target. If you aren't comfortable networking, however, then you shouldn't force yourself to do it. You'll hate it, and you'll dread every event.
  7. It's March! Already! Here's my progress: 1) What will you start doing in 2018 that you are not doing in 2017? I have a day job that I dearly love, and I don't see myself leaving it anytime soon; however, I love being my own boss, so I know that I am eventually going to be working for myself again. I still have my biz on the side, but I am going to devote more time to it. I want to build that biz to the point where this time next year I will have the option to work for myself or keep my biz as a side job. Update: still love the job, and working on being at a level in December where I can keep it or just work for myself. Learning how to juggle work, family, finishing college (at 50, no less), side biz, and other craziness has been proving to be a challenge. Progress is a lot slower than I'd like, but I don't want to burn out or let any of the aforementioned things suffer. In order to make this work, I know I am going to have to hire someone to help me. I need someone who can field calls and emails while I'm at my day job. It'll be part time, but it would be a huge help to me and let me have the best of both worlds. Ideally, I'd like to hire someone local who can become full time down the road. Update: not ready to hire anyone yet. Fine tune my sales process. Update: in progress I want to network again. I haven't done much of it this year, and I truly miss it. I want to find a networking group where I can start building relationships. Update: As soon as the weather is better (probably April or May), I plan on doing more networking. Sloshing through snow to network isn't my thing. On a personal note, I want to live better, eat better, & exercise more. I haven't been doing well with that, and my energy level is suffering. Update: I've lost 11 pounds so far and I've already noticed a huge difference. I will write for at least 20 minutes, 5 days a week. (Right now I write for hours at a stretch at haphazard intervals.) Update: I've been doing okay with this one. Write/Call my mom and dad once a week. Update: Mom and Dad say hi. 2) What will you stop doing in 2018 that you are currently doing in 2017? Stop eating out so much. It's expensive and unhealthy. Update: I've cut way back. Going out twice a week, usually. Stop checking Facebook except to briefly post pics for family. Update: I'm a lot happier. Stop negative self-talk. Update: Doing well with this one, because I'm awesome.
  8. Glad to have you! You can always get help with editing and formatting. The important part is to get started!
  9. I've made some progress on the HotSheet: I have the outline done, now working on filling in the content.
  10. I'm still seeing the additional suggestions, but it's during my initial search, not after I click on a result and go back.
  11. I took a break from 30 Day Challenges, but they're back! We'll start March 1st. This one is a Product Creation Challenge. It can be any type of product: PDF, video, etc. I'll be working on a new HotSheet freebie as an incentive to join my list. Later in the Challenge you'll have the opportunity to give review copies of your product if you'd like. Who's in?
  12. Hi, all -- Things have been a whirlwind lately, but they are settling down a bit now. I'm starting up the 30 day challenges again in March. Any suggestions for a topic?