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  1. It really depends on what you're looking for. If you want to encourage more sales in general, I would go for the generic cover. If you want something that can be promoted as a Christmas gift every year (and, in turn, boost the sales of the other books), I would go with the Christmas cover. IMHO, having one of the books that you could really promote every year as a gift might be the better alternative. People might be willing to buy the one book because it's a Christmas gift, and if they like it they can buy the other books in the series. You may not sell many of that book during the year, but I would think the surge in sales around Christmas each year might be worth it? Just my two cents.
  2. It's June! Already! WHERE IS THIS YEAR GOING?! 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 still working on being at a level in December where I can keep it or just work for myself. Right now it looks like I may keep my day job for a longer time than I thought and have my oldest son help me run the biz until it gets bigger. 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: already having my oldest son help out, and will be officially hiring him fairly soon. Fine tune my sales process. Update: long story short, I have a good process going. Still working some kinks out. Still trying new things for the initial outreach/lead gen part. 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: I started a business group! First meeting is next week. 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 12 pounds so far. Progress is slow. 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 sort of okay with this one. Write/Call my mom and dad once a week. Update: Mom says hi. Dad doesn't talk much. 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.
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    Writer Wanted - CLOSED

    Found what I needed.
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    Finding Your Voice

    I have a certain voice that runs through all of my writing. It's part of my charm. Seriously, though, a professional newsletter is going to have a different tone than one for laypeople (usually). You may have to add another voice in your head.
  5. Everything seems very haphazard. When all is said and done, what do you want your business to look like? What do you want to be known for? Are the videos purely to have a hobby, or is there a purpose to them? IMHO, using comedy to sell something is risky. If it bombs, it might be hard to shift gears. OTOH, if it works, it could go viral. I have offered courses in the past as freebies, but they are short (3 days, usually) and only give a taste of what I'm selling. When I dawdle on finishing a product, it's usually because some aspect of it doesn't appeal to me. I take a step back and look at the big picture again.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 Coolors.co for palette inspiration/creation. (The free version of Canva doesn't offer it, but I think the paid version is well worth it.)
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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