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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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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

Continue reading Behind the Scenes of a Successful Launch

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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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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.

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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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The 7 essential elements (email best practices) that will get people to open and read every message you send

Do you ever wonder why more people do not open, read, and engage with the email messages you send out? The good news is that you can improve those stats quickly and it’s not too difficult by using these email best practices.

Let me show you how…

Here are the 7 essentials elements to getting people to open and read every message you send. Use these email best practices for each and every email you send out to your subscribers.

email best practices Continue reading Email Best Practices to Get Your Messages Read

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Webinar 101 for Newbies

Would you like to learn from my mistakes and successes during my most recent webinar? Yesterday, I gave a live webinar for the first time in probably 8 years. I decided it was time to jump back into the game. If you are thinking about hosting a webinar some time in the near future, here are some tips and tricks from a webinar rookie.

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First of all, do your research. There are many webinar software platforms out there now, even though GoToWebinar has yet to be dethroned as the king of them all. Each one has its own unique set of features, and its own problems too.

Here’s what I discovered during my research: Continue reading How a Rookie Can Run an Effective Webinar

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The Busy, Homeschool Mom’s 5-Step Plan to Running a Highly Profitable and Satisfying Business

Next week, I’ll be offering a free webinar outlining my 5-step plan for running a profitable and satisfying business. I’ll show you how I went from a “hobby” business to a serious mid-six-figure income business and when exactly I hit that inflection point. It might surprise you.

5-Steps to a Profitable Business

Recently, I heard someone say…

“If your business feels like a hobby, you are doing something right. But if you are treating it like a hobby, you are doing something wrong.” – Some guy who stayed at the same bed and breakfast we did last weekend. 🙂

So, if you are ready to stop treating your business like a hobby and to start earning some significant income to help support your family and meet your financial goals, then you will want to tune into this free webinar.

You can sign up here:

https://app.webinarjam.net/register/28615/16a9f67a00

Pick the date and time that works best for your schedule and I’ll see you there. I’m looking forward to it! Until then…

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10 day list building challenge

Because email list building still reigns supreme!

In 10 days, the 10-Day List Building Challenge* kicks off and it is looking like it is going to be a great event! You may be wondering who this challenge is for. Let me tell you.

10-Day List Building Challenge

The 10-Day List Building Challenge* is for you if…

  • You are a business owner
  • You are thinking about starting a business
  • You are a writer and/or published author
  • You are a public speaker
  • You are a social media celebrity
  • You are hoping to become a social media celebrity
  • You run a nonprofit organization

Let’s put it this way, if you are the leader of any growing organization or business, you should be growing your tribe. Many people are saying that email is dead, but I beg to differ and here’s why: Continue reading 5 Reasons to Grow Your Email List

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10-Day List Building Challenge

The 10-Day List Building Challenge is here!

I am excited! In this modern era of business online, there is one foundational principle that so many business owners miss… grow your email list. Social media platforms come and go, and with them so do your fans, but the names and email addresses on your own in-house list are yours to keep.

10 Day List Building Challenge

Some say email marketing is dead, and yet, to the contrary, it still works surprisingly well, better than Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter combined. That’s why everywhere you look, you still see email sign-up forms on websites all across the Internet. Because if you are going to embrace this key principle of email marketing, you are going to have to make list-building a priority. Continue reading Are You Ready to Grow Your Email List?

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