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Does Your Idea Have Potential? 9 Ways to Start Researching Your Niche

use these 9 free tools to gauge whether or not your niche has potential. This will get you started doing research on your business or website idea.

3 Ways WordPress Helps Artists Like You Take Your Art Online and Sell It

WordPress allows you, as an artist, to create and manage a website for your art in ways you may not have considered before. And WordPress makes managing that site easy for you, even if you aren’t a professional web designer. Here are some options.

8 Tips for Starting a Home Business on a Tight Budget

Are you thinking about starting a home business, but you have no money to “invest” in your business? Been there, done that. Many bits of wisdom I have on business I take for granted, from my years of starting a home business (or dorm business :)) more than 30 years ago right on through my […]

In Praise of Passionless Projects. How Mundane stuff can help you successfully start your side hustle

In Praise of Passionless Projects that Give You a Boost

I also love to talk about passion projects — doing what you really love because you’ll easily sell/market/talk about what you are passionate about. I have an easier time talking to someone about what I do if I’m passionate about it. There’s something to be said for Passionless Projects too — boring, stupid stuff that […]

What makes a mobile friendly website? What is the difference between mobile friendly and responsive websites?

What Makes a Mobile-Friendly Website?

What makes a mobile-friendly website? Why should you have a mobile-friendly website? What is the difference between that and a responsive website?

Frugal living can help your home business

How Frugal Living Helps Entrepreneurship

If I had a dime for how many times I’ve heard, “I wish I could afford to have a home business”, I would be a rich woman. Usually, it’s someone who has an idea in their head — a dream. But the dream is going to cost money. The programs she needs is going to […]

How LongTail Pro improves my marketing while cutting my marketing time

How LongTail Pro Cuts my Marketing Time by Half

“So I did a thing,” I tell my husband, Martin, over Cubanos on date night, “I bought this program called LongTail Pro about a month ago, and I can’t believe the difference.” My husband, a skilled tradesman, doesn’t understand much about things like keyword research and marking your online side hustle. But as I was […]

Forget Bluehost: Why I love Namecheap for Domain Names and Web Hosting

Forget Bluehost: Why I love Namecheap for Web Hosting and Domain Names

I never understand why so many of my blogger and side hustler friends recommend Bluehost. back when I used them, I had nothing but problems with Bluehost, and I’ve heard others have to. I guess they must just pay better commissions than other web hosting and domain name companies. As for me, I love Namecheap! […]

Solopreneur doesn't mean always flying solo

Solopreneur Doesn’t Mean Always Flying Solo

When starting out as a solopreneur (that is, an entrepreneur that works alone), you may be tempted to do it all yourself. And I get this impulse. I’m the same way. I’m a DIY sort of girl boss. Hubby says it’s more about being a control freak. We’ll agree to disagree there. Solopreneurs Can Rely on […]

What is a Child Theme and Why You May Need One

In WordPress, your theme controls how your website looks and acts. If you need to customize your theme, a Child Theme may be your best option. Here’s why.

Responsive Website vs Mobile App: Which One Does Your Side Hustle Need?

Responsive Website vs Mobile App: Which Does Your Side Hustle Need? If you’ve ever wondered if your side hustle needs a mobile app, you’re in luck. Let’s talk about the differences between a responsive website vs mobile app. Which one works better? Responsive Website vs Mobile App: User Friendliness? First of all, let’s look at which […]

What is Google Analytics and How Will It Help Your Website?

If you own a website, you should have Google Analytics installed on your website. What is Google Analytics? It is a free service from Google. It’s one of their tools for website owners and bloggers. Google Analytics helps you keep track of your website’s traffic and visitors. Having Analytics installed helps you see what is […]

Responsive Website Benefits

You have probably heard about responsive websites. But what are the responsive website benefits? Why should you bother to make your website responsive? Responsive Website Benefit 1: Your Site Will Work on Any Device First of all, your responsive website will work on any device your audience is using. Given the fact that most internet […]

Free printable Events and Recipients Zazzle Cheat Sheet for Zazzle Sellers

Freebie: Zazzle Printable Product Creation PDF with Calendar

Hey, fellow Zazzle Sellers! I have a freebie for YOU today! I wasn’t sure what to call this thing, so it’s just the Zazzle Printable Product Creation PDF with Calendar. Let me explain. As many of you know, I have been building a steady side hustle over at Zazzle.  When creating products, there is an […]

5 Myths About Using WordPress

Since I’ve started to focus my website services down to installing and configuring WordPress, I’ve discovered just how many myths entrepreneurs have about using this platform. Let’s clear up some of these myths, shall we? Myth #1: WordPress is Just for Bloggers Nope! Although many bloggers use WordPress, the platform itself is not just for […]

Two Ways You can Make Some Money on Zazzle

Two Ways to Make Some Money with Zazzle

I’ve become very excited about Zazzle in recent years. I love that I’m able to make some money on the side with Zazzle without too much extra time and effort. In fact, I now have several Zazzle stores for different niches, including gifts for coffee lovers and gifts for book lovers. All of these help […]

Most Planners have THIS Huge Problem

Most Planners Have THIS Huge Problem

Earlier I wrote about my planner addiction and what a temptation all of the cool stuff in the stationery store is to me. I love planners, you guys. LOVE THEM. The thing is though, most planners have one fatal flaw that keeps them from working the way we think they’re going to. Can you guess […]

What Are Responsive Websites?

When talking about website design, you may have heard the phrase “responsive websites”. What are responsive websites? Let’s look at what makes a website responsive. What are responsive websites? The most basic way to explain what responsive websites are is this. Responsive websites respond to different screen sizes. Using something called media queries, a responsive website […]

My Lifelong Quest for the Perfect Planner, and What I found

The Quest for the Perfect Planner

I don’t know what is wrong with me sometimes. The other day, I was walking through Michaels, on my way to buy a new sketchbook for my design projects (I go through three or four a year), when I saw a rack of discounted planners. I was momentarily distracted by all of the pretty planners […]

Using One Drive to Sync Microsoft Word Files

OneDrive and Syncing Microsoft Office Across Devices

I use Microsoft Word when creating my ebooks for Amazon Kindle, because I am able to easily format my ebooks in a way that Kindle can read them. Word allows me to make my Kindle ebooks easier to read and more interactive for you, my readers. Another great feature in Microsoft Word, since Windows 10, […]

Overcoming Perfectionism and Distraction in Bullet Journaling

Bullet Journaling and Procrastination

There’s something about my love for all things creative, my fascination with finding the perfect planner, and bullet journaling. I love the look of bullet journals. I love that I get to have different colored pens and I get to draw stuff. Therein lies a big problem with bullet journaling for me. The pens, the […]

The Best Keyword Research Technique for Your Side Hustle

The Best Keyword Research Technique for Side Hustlers

Are you trying to figure out the best keyword research technique for your online side hustle? You’ve come to the right place. Let me walk you, step by step through a keyword research technique that will help your side hustle get more traffic from search engines and other sources, while also helping you plan your […]

Using Google Drive to Keep Your Files Safe

Using Google Drive to Share and Store Your Files

Cloud storage services like Google Drive have been an absolute life saver for work from home entrepreneurs like myself. The best part? Services like Drive are free! So how do you make use of cloud storage and sharing services like Google Drive? I’ve already shared a little bit in other parts of this site about […]

What is Keyword Research and why should it matter to a solopreneur

What is Keyword Research and Why Should it Matter to the Solopreneur?

You may have heard of Keyword Research when looking into starting or growing a business online. But what is Keyword Research? Why should Keyword Research matter to the entrepreneur? The most important takeaways for you on the topic of Keyword Research are these two: Done right, Keyword research will help you determine if a niche […]

How to do Keyword Research: a step by step guide to finding great keywords for your online side hustle

How to Do Keyword Research for Your Online Side Hustle

If you have started an online side hustle, or have been considering starting a side hustle, you’ve probably heard about keyword research. But how do you do keyword research? What does keyword research entail? Here’s my step by step method on how to do keyword research that works for me and my side hustles. How […]

Why Keyword Research is Important even for Solopreneurs

Why Keyword Research is Important

Starting off with online side hustles in 2004, I didn’t understand most things about running or marketing a business online. I learned most of this stuff on my own. The most important thing I learned is understanding why keyword research is important. I’m going to share some insights I’ve had on the topic with you! […]

Avoiding Scams as a new website owner

Avoiding Scams as a New Website Owner

Scam artists irritate me. Nothing worse than someone trying to take advantage of another is there? It makes me sad to think that people fall for these scams and are hurt by them. Today I got an official looking letter in the mail. It looked like a bill. I was immediately reminded of a web […]

What is Usability and Why Does it Matter?

When I start working with a client in designing a website for them, my job goes beyond just designing a website. A large part of my job as a web designer is also educator.  I educate my clients on usability.  I reign in some of their ideas to keep the site as user-friendly as possible. What […]

How to write an ad disclosure for your website

Writing an Ad Disclosure for your Blog or Website

For several years now, the FTC here in the United States has required that bloggers and website owners (basically all content creators) disclose to their audiences when they are being paid for an endorsement on their site or via social media. Thus, we need to have an ad disclosure on our websites if we allow […]

Music to Write To: My Summer 2017 Writing Playlist on Spotify

The right music really gets me moving and feeling productive. When I’m writing or creating other content, I try to not listen to any music with words, or else it makes it harder for me to concentrate on writing. My darling offspring introduced me to Spotify last year sometimes, and I have fallen in love. […]

How to Maximize your productivity this Summer while having fun and enjoying your kids

Maximize Your WAHM Productivity this Summer While Enjoying Your Kids & Having Fun!

Summer is upon us, friends! I know most of you dread it because it wrecks havoc on your productivity. The main problems with summer and being a WAHM, from what I can tell, is a combination of a few things: The Kids don’t have a regular schedule and are home all day long. By the […]

How to make extra cash using pinterest

How to Make Some Extra Cash Using Pinterest

Are you looking for a way to make some extra cash to add to your household income? This is going to blow your mind. A few months ago, my friend Christina Root (of Youthful Homemaker) created an e-course for how to make some extra money using Pinterest. I was intrigued for a few reasons: Most of […]

How to figure out your target audience

How to Figure Out Who Your Audience is, and What They Need

I’m convinced that the secret to home business (or any business) success is to first and foremost, figure out who your audience is, and what they need. Why is this? Once you know who your target audience is, you can better tailor your content to that audience develop products and services that meet the needs […]

have a little grace finding balance in your quest for productivity

Have a Little Grace ~ Finding Balance in your Quest for Productivity

Guess what I’ve learned over the course of 47 years on this earth? There’s no such thing as a perfect schedule or someone who is able to stay on task perfectly throughout each day. When it comes to stretching ourselves to be more productive it’s important not to undo any strides we make by beating […]

Work Smarter, not Harder. How to easily keep traffic coming to your website

How to Easily Keep Website Traffic Coming Your Way

There are only so many hours in a day. No work from home mom wants to spend the bulk of those hours chasing website traffic. For most of us, the problem isn’t laziness or not working harder. Work Smarter Not Harder Hard work wasn’t as much of an issue in my life until two of […]

The Flexibility of Working from Home

The Flexibility of Working from Home

Of all of the benefits of running a home-based business side hustle, I think the flexible schedule is what I love the best. Sometimes when I talk to moms who are thinking of working from home or working some kind of side hustle for a little extra money, they get hung up on The Schedule. […]

How to cure procrastination and build better habits

How to Cure Procrastination and Build Better Habits

I have a serious problem sometimes. Maybe I should say “Had” a serious problem. Although to be honest, it still crops up from time to time. Steven Pressfield in War of Art would call it “Resistance”. Maybe Gretchen Rubin would call it a bad habit. It’s procrastination, my friends.  Mixed, to be honest, with self-loathing, […]

5 Essential Tips to Using Type Effectively for Bloggers & WAHMs

As a designer, I have a passion for, and a love of Typography and Fonts. I have quite a font addiction, in fact. Using type is a passion of mine. Over the years, learning more and more about the effective use of fonts in design, I’ve learned to temper this enthusiasm to selecting and using […]

must read books for new bloggers and website owners

Must Read Books (and courses!) for New Bloggers & Website Owners

Susanne recently asked me, Do you know of any good books to read about blogging or writing up my website for our business? We are getting ready to take our furniture business online. I feel ask though I have so much to say but I don’t know how to say it. Thanks. There are two […]

Knowing Your Own “Shoulds” for Better Productivity

Maybe this is a bit of wisdom that comes with age — the biggest danger I see for me and for others in getting things done and managing our time best is not so much in being lazy, but in doing the wrong stuff. For me, productivity is all about doing the right stuff and […]

Two Choice: Cursing the Changes or rolling with them

Rolling with the Changes or Cursing them?

I was recently talking about the changing face of business and marketing due to the internet, with a friend who has grown so much in her home business ventures. Her epiphany came via a group of kids at a homeschool enrichment class on marketing, of all things. After we reminisced about it after running into […]

Marketing Fails: Angering your target audience is a bad first impression

Marketing Fails: Angering Your Target Audience is a Bad First Impression

When it comes to marketing, there are some fatal errors that people not only participate in but sometimes I’ve even heard them taught as if these are a good idea. When it comes to marketing tips, I’ve seen some of these promoted as “effective” even though the average consumer, when talking about them, find them […]

what is a niche and why does it matter?

What is a Niche?

If you’ve heard anything at all about business, blogging, or working from home, you’ve probably heard the word “Niche” before.  Usually, it’s used together with “marketing”, “business”, or even “blogging”. So, what is a niche?  It is a very narrow market or specialty within a larger field.  That sure clears it up, doesn’t it? A […]

What is Zazzle?

What is Zazzle? In short, Zazzle is an online print-on-demand company whose mission is “to give people the power to make anything imaginable”. Zazzle is an online marketplace where designers can sell their designs on a huge selection of products that automatically shop to customers from Zazzle. This is a great win-win for both customers […]

Connection: The Key to Print Marketing in a Digital World

Connection: The Key to Using Print Marketing in a Digital World

Some people claim that print marketing is dead. I disagree. Strongly. Some of you may even be here due to my print marketing efforts. Rethinking Print Marketing When I’m talking about Print Marketing, I do not mean buying expensive ads, renting billboards and signs, or other traditional ad campaigns. What I am referring to is […]

What is Print-On-Demand and How does it work?

What is Print-On-Demand?

What is Print-on-demand? Print-On-Demand is a publishing and manufacturing process where an item can be printed one at a time, as the orders come in. This is different from traditional manufacturing, where a huge inventory of items are created and hopefully sold. One of the biggest benefits of print-on-demand is being able to test out […]

The Day Zazzle finally started to click for me

The Day Zazzle Finally Clicked for Me

I initially tried out Zazzle during a year of sampling different side hustles to see what may work for me and to write a review of these for my readers. Zazzle frankly did diddly squat for me. I was disappointed, but not surprised. I was feeling pretty low and frustrated in general so I sulked […]

The Year Long Side hustle Experiment

The Year-Long Side-Hustle Experiment

About six years ago, a friend and I set out to try out some popular “side hustle” ideas that cost nothing to start. This was after hearing the same question over and over from friends on social media and via email about whether or not you could really make money doing some of these common […]