I am creating a lifestyle, not building an empire

When I started my freelance writing business, I was focused on getting clients, creating income, and getting bills paid. As life and business have evolved, I see a much bigger picture. And the possibilities are endless. I realized that I am creating a lifestyle, not an empire. The biggest challenge is to keep the business […]

Creating a Home Office that Works for You

Creating a home office that works for you is about making a space where you are most productive and comfortable. Design it with YOU in mind and remember the space you create today can be different than the space you have in the future. A Space to Call Home In 2010 when I began working […]

What You Can Do to Not Suck at Follow Through

Have you gone to networking events? Did you make contact with prospective clients? Did you meet other business owners who could help you grow your business? The answer to all of these is yes if you’re a business owner. What’s the next action you took? Nothing. You suck at follow through. Don’t feel bad because […]

The Glam of Owning Your Own Business

While out with friends, one friend commented to another, “I want to be like Anne, just sitting around and writing all day.” Yes, that’s what I do. I sit around and just write all day, every day. Sigh. I wish more people understood the glam of owning your own business. The glam of wearing many […]

5 Time Saving Tips for Business Owners

Time saving tips for business owners often include ways to use technology to move your business ahead. If you’re looking for that blog post, go to another blog. I don’t think any amount of technology can help you build a business if you don’t have some basics in place already. Where are you spending the […]

What to Expect in 2014

As I have grown my freelance writing business over the last three years, I have been flying by the seat of my pants. I will be the first one to admit there were a lot of short term goals but longer term goals weren’t part of the plan. It’s time for me to have some […]

5 Reasons to Love Toastmasters

When my friend invited me to a Toastmasters club meeting in April 2012, I politely declined. I am a writer, not a public speaker. I am a creative, not a presenter. Over the course of the next month, he convinced me to visit. One short impromptu speech and I was pretty much hooked. My first […]

Why You Need to Know Your Target Market

What is a target market? It is the people you want to reach with your product or service. “Everyone” is not a target market. If you’re in the skincare business, “anyone with skin” is not your target market. I’ve heard the skincare one more than once and it’s as ineffective as saying everyone. Identifying your […]

The Coffice

When I started my freelance writing business I knew two things: I wanted to write and I wanted to own a business. Anything beyond the dream was to be learned, and still is being learned. As a solopreneur, an entrepreneur with no employees, I have the opportunity to work anywhere I want. Most often you […]

Responsibility Today

When I was growing up, my parents taught me to be responsible. My brothers and I had chores and received an allowance. We got good grades in school. We were polite and respectful of others. We understood our actions and words matter not just to our parents but to those in the world outside. As […]