Me? An Entrepreneur?

My thoughts on starting my own business and paying per task not for time spent.

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I've always thought about and have started my own business. However, not in the traditional sense of brick and mortar. I would have an internet based business so that I can cut overhead and not have to pay salaries. I prefer to do things by contract workers. Just pay for what you need. Employees are a waste of time to make money they spend time, and that's not alway productive.

The best way of making money and spending money on creating more business is by using your time and resources carefully. Which for me means paying for a service or task, not paying for people to take up space and do a "job", I want them to fulfill a need.

My business as a freelance writer allows me to do just this. I can be hired as a consultant to write for someone and get paid for that work as it's completed within their guidelines and deadlines; not just sit and wait for someone to tell me what to do and wait until the timeclock says I'm done.

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Technology & it’s Impact on Families

Technology can bring us closer as a family, as long as we know when to stop using it and be "real".

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Technology is chaging the way families interact in both positive and negative, however I believe it's mostly positive. The negative is that we sometimes don't have real face-to-face conversations when we should.

The positive is that in our time when many of us are separated by distance and don't always get to catch up with one another in the day to day things of our lives – things like social media, smart phones, computers, wireless/internet – technology allow us to post videos, photos, voice messages etc – that can bring our families together, wheras in the past we were subject waiting for the times when we would have to wait for a physical visit and family gatherings.

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An ‘aha’ moment

Aha!

Who I think about

When I think of the phrase “aha moment” I think of Oprah. It’s interesting to note that it’s not a phrase or saying that she created, like the cook who kept referring to EVOO, which she meant as, extra virgin olive oil. The reason I or others might think of Oprah when you say what is you’re a-ha moment is that she says it on her television show often and she’s a very well known talk show hosts. If she weren’t it the words a-ha wouldn’t bring Oprah to mind.

First names only

While we’re on the topic of people who are known by their first names only – did you ever wonder how that occurs? Like the artist who tried to be known for her first name, Monica, it was so common people who say, Monica who?  But if you say, “Madonna, Cher, Oprah, Sting, Prince” – people actually don’t have to ask who, they say, “what about them?”

Brad’s Aha!

Now back to today’s topic, my recent aha moment. Well, I’ll have to think about that. Hmmm yes, time is ticking so it must not be that earth shattering that I can’t think of anything more recent then from the a couple of weeks ago when I read the opening letter from a book I’m going through, “My Life is Not My Own,” by Bill Bright.

So maybe this is not my aha moment, but that of one of Dr. Bright’s son, Brad Bright. Through Brad’s aha moment, I had my own. Brad talked about how he overhead a reporter ask his father, the founder of one of the largest international Christian organizations in the world, “Could you share a problem you face that the average Joe Christian can relate to?”  Dr. Bright’s response was that he had no problems.

According to Brad, he said the reported asked the same question in several different ways and was frustrated that Dr. Bright had the same answer. Finally, Dr. Bright told the reporter and said, “Young man, you need to understand something, I am a slave of Jesus. It is not the slave’s responsibility to be successful, but simply to do what the Master asks. When you understand this, you will realize you don’t have problems. All that’s left are opportunities to see the Master work.”

Became my Aha!

And this is what became my aha moment, the words of Dr. Bright, through his son’s memory of his own aha moment. Even though Brad was raised in the household of his father and had heard him speak many times, he never got what his father meant about being a slave to God until he overheard this interviewer ask his dad that one question, and Dr. Bright’s response.

I spoke with a long-time employee of Campus Crusade who said that when Dr. Bright was alive and would speak to the people, he would often refer to being a slave to Christ. She said that she didn’t read his book but was glad that there was an explanation of what Dr. Bright was referring to.  I am fortunate to have received a copy of the book because I volunteered at Campus and during the holidays, Dr. Bright’s widow, Vonette Bright sends out Christmas cards and gifts every year; of which I was helping package the mailings of her gift. In her gift package were two books, the one I’m talking about and the second is a book that she wrote called, “In His Hands.” Her Christmas card included a note with her photograph holding her favorite photo of her dear husband. Now that’s another story.

WordPress Challenge gets more published

Update on this post:
2014 Dec 6 – What I’ve discovered that if you have a challenge online that emails you every day and harrasses you, you may or may not continue the challenge.
I find if I set goals along with the challenge or a competition with other writers, I’m more likely to keep writing. Since I write for many different sites and as a freelancer, my full time job and belong to several “support” groups of bloggers, writers and online groups of interest – goal setting is really the key to keep writing regularly. Of course it helps to have topics to write about when new things are going on all around you to write about that particular day or series of speakers at a conference and things you pulled from a workshop or talk that you attended.
So the Tip of the Day is not only join a challenge like #postaday but set goals for the week or month and allow yourself a break and reward system so that you have a sense of accomplishment with whatever you’re working on. Then and only then will I feel that I have accomplished a good thing for my writing and keeping up with personal blogs or journey type blogs that are not a “have to” but a “get to”. Good luck!

2011 – Since I got a late start working on my #postADay2011 challenge, I’ve been writing several topics a day to catch up. I thought I’d use most of them for my daily blog posts, but then as all good things are, I find that I can use my blogs as articles that I write for payment on Yahoo! Contributor Network (YCN).This is great, but now I have nothing to post on my blog – that’s funny in a good way.  My initial thought was answer the questions on the topic of the day and it would be short and random. Then after I was completed with that I could write an article or two that I may get ideas from in which they would be appropriate for payment.The last two went straight to YCN and I’ll wait until it gets reviewed and I get paid, hopefully, then I’ll post it back partially on my blog and refer back to YCN as I also get paid for page views.

I want to thank the people who came up with the idea of the post a day challenge for 2011, it is not only helping me post more often to my blogs, but it’s helping me make money and keep my flow as a freelance writer going well from the start of this great year 2011. Cheers!

Do you prefer to talk or text?

Interesting topic, it depends on how fast I need information and who I need to contact and whether or not the other party has the ability to send and receive texts. But then again that’s being rational. The straight answer is I prefer to text everything. I love it so much that I will text even urgent matters to my husband as he’s a texter too. Is that even a word?  My husband likes to text, then uses it against me; cause I may not  remember something I said, or worse texted, and then he has proof!

 

I know that there’s an alarming number of young people who stopped talking on their phones only to be found texting even when they are right next to the person they are texting. I don’t see a problem with that. However our 8-year-old is smarter than the average bear. She often asks us if we are texting each other in her presence as she’s figured out that we don’t want to discuss certain things in front of her and that was the next best thing to communicate to one another when we had to all be together.

 

There are of course times that I hate when people text. If you knew me, you’d know those are strong words as I dislike things, but I don’t hate things. Mainly I hate when people text and drive. It’s not only my pet peeve as I have seen and heard the dangerousness of this behavior. My husband does it often.

 

Once I was following behind him in my car, he was only one car in front of me and he texted me something. I couldn’t and don’t like to text back so I called him and asked him why he was texting me when he could call.

 

I thought the only reason in the past that he would text me was because he might not be able to have a verbal conversation while he was at work. But he said that he can text better then he could talk, even while he was driving. This is mainly an issue for me when we are in the same car and I’m the passenger and I see him texting and going off the road. He’s stopped doing it for the most part, unless he’s at a stop.  ~L

Who deserves more credit? Depends on how you define the word

Who deserves more credit?

 

Here’s another topic for WordPress’ topics to write about. One could read this to mean either credit for work done or not; or finances. Since this is part of my challenge to blog daily, it’s nice that I can write however and whatever I choose. So here it is:

 

Answer: Everyone else. Yes, that’s right, I am not my own. If I took credit, both for the good and bad things that happen around me, then I would have no need to for others in my life. Honestly, sometimes I want it that way. I used to have a sign in my room that said, “The more I know people, the more I like my dog.” That’s funny in a pet lover kind of way. But not as a person who’s supposed to be living life outside of a hermit shell.

 

 

#postaday2011, #postaweek2011

Top 5 Things TO-DO When Writing for the Internet

Top 5 things to think about when writing for the internet

1. Make a to-do list: “top five things” “10 best things” regarding your topic, think outline – easy and quick info so you don’t lose your reader.

2. Start off “free-writing”. This is an exercise where you write by hand (best as you’re not tempted by spell check and grammar check constantly underlining words you either misspelled or in grammatically incorrect. If you must type – just type whatever comes to mind on the topic you are writing about and don’t edit until you’ve got all your ideas out on paper, or computer.
 

3. KISS – some say Keep it Simple Stupid, others say Keep It Simple Sweetheart – that’s just a nice way to say, don’t repeat yourself. You’re not in grade school where you need to create a 500 word essay and by the time you finish your outline (200 words) you try to repeat what you just said.

4. While we’re on the topic of Outlines, that’s exact what you need to do. Write an outline and stick to it.  Bullet points and numbering “top 5 or top 10” and your topic – okay so I repeated #1 but you will thank me. KISS.

5. Don’t write like you’re writing a research paper. Online where Content is King. And ADD is not just a diagnosis for kids. The attention span of anyone online is to decide if they will read past your headline. Don’t summarize, say what you’re going to say, then point out each subject, then tell them what you said – just say it!

Letter: Acts of kindness, you may never know how far your generousity can reach

My dear friend,

I hope you are doing well. I just wanted to drop you a note and thank you again for taking time out of your trip to Hawaii – to shop and mail me goodies from back home. The reason I bring this up, is that I wanted to a share a story with you.

In early April, I received a message that my Aunt Violet (my mom’s sister, who lives in Alabama) had gone into a coma. I last saw her in person this past summer with my husband and stepdaughter. Aunt Violet was similar to my mom, and since my mom passed in 1993 at the age of 58, I was quite close to this aunt, even though we lived far from each other.

Several times a year I would mail my Aunt – dried shrimp, fish, poi, etc and my Uncle Fred, her husband loved the Chocolate Mac nuts.  So, when I moved from HI to Orlando a little over a year ago, this became a little difficult. I’m thankful that you took the extra time to get a few more things on my shopping list, like the dry poi and dried seafood, so I could then mail it to her at the end of March – for her birthday, which was April 8.  She usually calls me when she gets letters or boxes from me; however, I got busy and forgot about it.

On April 4, I received a message from my cousin that my Aunt had been in a coma for several days. I drove out the next day. When I got there, she was sitting up in a wheelchair, asleep, with a plate of food in front of her. I couldn’t get any info from the staff and my Uncle who doesn’t hear well to use a phone, was probably going to the airport to pick up his son as he too wasn’t there.

Anyway, I was there for about 5 or 6 hours, my uncle didn’t show, and I had to start my drive back to FL as I had a meeting in a couple days (it’s about a 11-12 hr drive). While talking with my Aunt, who was always alert and oriented, I realized that she had no memory of me, nor many of her ten brothers and sisters, nor any memory of my mom or that my mom had passed. My Aunt kept repeating herself and didn’t want to eat. All she asked me for was a Coke to help settle her stomach.  She slept and I sat with her. I went outside to call my family so they would know we must have received the wrong info as she wasn’t in a coma but had lost much of her memory and wasn’t eating.

As I said goodbye to her I realized that I might never see her again. I prayed with her and hugged her. She looked much like my mom. It was a difficult time.  When I returned home, I heard that she did eat some poi and dried shrimp. That made my day.

Last week I got word that my Aunt Violet passed away on Wed, April 28.  I was in disbelief, yet I was thankful for the time I got to spend with her. I also remembered that one of the few things that always brought her job, was fish and poi; and at the end that’s also the one thing she ate was dried shrimp and poi.

This was made possible, because of you, my friend.  I am indebted to you for your hospitality, your time, and spirit of sharing. Thank you for providing a favorite meal, probably some of the last bits of food and memories of Hawaii – to my 85 yr old Auntie. I appreciate you and know that even the small acts of kindness, can have a long lasting and wide effect then you may ever know.

Aloha,
Monica

2 May 2010

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Social Media: Top 10 things to help you manage your accounts on the top social networking sites

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There are tons of social networking sites. Managing each site separately can be a bear. Whether you joined the various sites for personal or professional reasons, social media can get out of hand.

Some people join social networks because of their friends, others come upon social media as part of their job or working on promoting a project.

Many newbie’s wonder, “Why do I need multiple social networking accounts?”  The answer is simple, to gain a bigger audience to get your message out.

Even if you’re just on social media to keep in contact with friends and family, you’ll realize that some people favor one social site over another. The simplicity and ease of management is also determined by applications for cell phones, as most people carry their phones with them more than they log on to a computer.

Most people realize very soon that it’s difficult to manage every network with the same information.  Here’s a list of a ten tips to help manage your top social networking sites. For simplicity, these tips are primarily to manage Facebook, Twitter, a WordPress blog, and Posterous. Other online sites mentioned here are to help you manage multiple accounts on the various sites.  Soon, you’ll be on your way to regaining your “real” life, versus just Tweeting, or updating your Status on Facebook – about, what you wish you had time to do.

1. Create a personal profile on Facebook.  If you are promoting another site or want to build your name online, than please use your real name, first and last – with a middle name or initial if you have a common name.  If you are a business, you should still have a personal Facebook profile, and then create a “Fan Page” for your business.

2. Create at least one account with Twitter using your real name.  Again, if you have a business, you can set up an additional Twitter account, specifically with your business name.

3. Research which blog site you would like to use for your blog account. You don’t need to learn coding or programming.  There are many free blog sites, compare and contrast. The easiest is Posterous.com. WordPress.com hosts WordPress or you can self-host using WordPress.org – however you would need a more technical knowledge. WordPress is arguably the best blog/website tool should you choose to monetize your site. You could also use Blogger.com or TypePad.com.

4. Start with the easiest and fastest site set-up: Posterous.com.  Even if you have a blog somewhere else, Posterous is important in reducing the amount of time you spend on social networking and can gain you new followers/readers to your monetized blog or website.

5. Once you set up a Posterous account, you can link your Facebook and Twitter accounts to Posterous.  Whatever you post to Posterous can also post to your Twitter, Facebook, and many other social networking sites.

6. Go to Hootsuite.com and create an account.  Hootsuite is a great free tool that allows you to manage multiple accounts for Facebook profiles, fan pages, Twitter, WordPress.

7. Schedule future posts and tweets on Hootsuite. You could create your tweets, status updates, and blog posts to post in the future. Which means you could sit down for a couple of hours once a week and create your content, schedule it, and not go back to your social networking sites until the next scheduled time that you need to give to manage your sites.

8. If you have multiple Twitter accounts and one Facebook account – create an account with TweetDeck.com.  TweetDeck also has an iPhone application.  The difference between TweetDeck and Hootsuite is that TweetDeck only allows you to manage one Facebook profile, and no fan pages that you may have created. In addition, it does not allow you to schedule your posts for future dates. However if you’re just want to see all the current tweets and status updates – in order to comment and engage with followers, it’s easy to view and manage.

9. Depending on the type of phone you have, see if you can add an application for Facebook and Twitter. As mentioned before iPhone has TweetDeck so you would only need memory space for one application. Most smart phones have the applications for Facebook and Twitter which would allow you to reply to direct messages and view current posts when you have time, especially if you’re going to schedule your posts once a week, these applications allow you to interact on a daily basis without having to worry about creating content.

10. Set aside time every day or once a week dedicated to managing your social networks using Hootsuite or TweetDeck.  Set aside a separate time to write to create content for your blog.  Better yet, once you write your blog if you follow the tips mentioned your blog and Facebook can automatically post to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Go to Facebook and add the WordPress application within Facebook so that it posts for you automatically – you would need to add a

11. Here’s a bonus tip – have fun! Build relationships, generate ideas, that’s what social networking is really about – and if you gain a friend, customer, or buy something – it’s the same as talking to  your neighbor, only you can talk to the entire neighborhood all at the same time!

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Original Thoughts: Is your brain on overload? What do you do with all those ideas?

Brain Overload

Organizing tons of ideas – is your brain on overload? Do you have so many thoughts and ideas whirling through your brain you just can’t see how to organize it all – get it out of your mind and writing it down just doesn’t cut it. What do you do once that’s done? Try one or both of these great free tools.

Freemind: A mind mapper, and at the same time an easy-to-operate hierarchical editor with strong emphasis on folding. These two are not really two different things, just two different descriptions of a single application. Often used for knowledge and content management.

FreeMind has made it as the finalist for the 2009 Community Choice Award in the category “Most likely to change the way you do everything”!! Thanks for your trust in our project. Now, you can finally vote for it under 2009 Community Choice Award Finalists.

I’ve used this tool for a few years. It’s great, you download it to your computer and start ‘mind dumping’ – once you’ve got ideas down – it’s a spider web effect – you can then move the ideas around and start organizing it. What I love about this program is that you don’t need to “think” in order of the ideas, you can just write down all your thoughts in each “bubble” and then sort to categories. This works great when you’re trying to organize an any one topic, or many topics. For example, I wanted to get all the ideas I might have for articles I want to write about. I just started writing all the single word topics down and then categorized it by broader topics.

There’s a new release candidate 7 for FreeMind 0.9.0 – which I’m going to download now and play with. I’ll write a review on that later as I start working on it.

Today I found that there’s another great tool called the Dabbleboard. Go to their site and check out the Dabbleboard Tour – if that doesn’t excite you I’m not sure what will.  Dabbleboard describes their free software as an “an online whiteboard that will help you visualize, explore and communicate ideas. This is great for business, school, functions, churches, almost anything where you need to get your thoughts down and work toward a goal. I LOVE IT – Okay, I’m a detail, organizer – freak – and a geek – lol.

I can’t wait to start using it and I’ll let you know how it goes. This news is too hot to wait for me to start working on it to review, so I thought I’d share it with you and let you get started on your ideas and I’ll start what Mr. Genuine does, uses the word in pretty much all he posts. I’ll use the word “original”. Get out there, try it and get all your original ideas out – move it!

~the original mlb~ copyright 2010

Things I learn in a techie world

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