As a beginner blogger, it can be a challenge to set realistic financial goals. You don't know what the right dollar-figure is, or the right timeline to give yourself. If you're too far off the mark, it can be discouraging when you repeatedly fail to reach your goals. Goal-setting is challenging enough without the added pressure of entering a new industry. Today we're going to dive a little deeper into financial goal-setting so you can start aligning your actions with your business dream.
After a full year being a devoted fan of WordPress with Siteground hosting, I’ve decided to make a bit of a dramatic switch to Squarespace. This decision was kind of sudden and unexpected, so today, I felt I owed you an explanation. Here’s why I switched from WordPress to Squarespace one year into my business.
Your business isn't making any money yet, or maybe it's just making a little. You know that, at some point, it'll be a smart move to separate your personal and business money, but you're not quite a business yet, are you? So what's the right time to start a separate account for your blog? When is it enough of a business to treat it like one?
I get it, the internet is huge. Creating your own website doesn't sound like a great plan to promote your business. But the website is just the hub. The real magic happens in the marketing. How do you drive people to your website so you can start to make money? How can you get noticed in a sea of other websites in your niche? How can you pop up in a Google search?
There's a dark truth behind blogging that 99% of bloggers won't admit to . . . Sometimes, your readers drive you crazy. Having an audience isn't all sunshine and rainbows. But the reason we started all this was to HELP those people. You're trying to reach people, so you have to be in a place where you're able to interact with them and care for them.
Mother's Day is coming up, so what better way to celebrate on a blog about business than to honor the business lessons I learned from my mom? And, since it's also National Nurse's Week here in the U.S., we can double this blog post up as business lessons learned from my mom, who is also a nurse. And trust me, there's a lot to learn.
If you're a beginning blogger, I think it's safe to say that you've felt overwhelmed. You're overloaded with questions and too many answers that hardly ever seem to actually answer those questions. That, or they simply lead to more questions. Unfortunately, these questions will probably always haunt us, in one way or another. The key is to know how to shut. them. down.
Many people have a potent love/hate relationship with planning. For most of us, the planning process is a blast. It means planners and stationery and writing out to-do lists. If we're really creative, we indulge in stickers and faux calligraphy and fountain pens. Planning is pretty fun. Implementation is a lot less fun.
If you want to take your blog to the next level, passion isn't enough. Passion is only the first step. You need strategy and focus. And action, but that's a discussion for another day. Defining your niche is the foundation of strategy and focus for a blog and business. Here are the 7 most important reasons why you MUST define your niche in order to be successful.