11 Blog & Business-Improving Articles

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How’s business, bloggy/businessy friends? This is my first full month without ghostwriting clients and I’m really enjoying it! I have, uh, discovered that I’m verrrrrry extrinsically motivated. Deadlines for other people? I ALWAYS MEET ‘EM. Deadlines for myself? Less so.

So.

Anyway, here are some of the best, most helpful things I’ve read about self-employment, creativity, productivity, and business!

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April Network of Nice hookups! M.A. insights + free copy writing + party planning

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Guys! Three things:

1. I’ve got a few spaces left for May Sponsors!

If you’re on the fence, Imma leave this right here:

meg headshotIf I’m being really honest, you’re the best I ever had. The ad space I bought on Yes & Yes gave me a $3,000 return on my investment! Meg Worden

kristen kalpYes & Yes readers stayed on my site for nearly 4 minutes — double that from any other source, including my own freaking Facebook fans! It’s simple, easy, and (dare I say it?) fun to advertise with Yes & Yes. Sarah makes everything crystal clear and painless, then rewards you with the eyes and ears of her delightful readers. It’s like a unicorn and a very pragmatic, hardworking squirrel got together and made a squirrelicorn to help your business thrive. – Kristen Kalp

You can find more sponsor info here or book your spot by emailing me at sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org.

2. On May 1st, I’m raising the price on my Secret Weapon package

If you’ve been thinking about it, you might want to book it now. For $250 you get a full review of your online presence + a packet/plan of tweaks and improvements + 300 x 100 ad space on Yes & Yes.

nadine-dohring-e1460575759708-150x136“When I got the packet that Sarah put together for me I thought “Yes! Awesome! This is exactly what I was looking for. I’ll be ready for visitors and new subscribers instead of doubting everything!” Since I booked Secret Weapon I’ve seen a 360% increase in subscribers, 60% increase in Twitter followers, and a 60% in Pinterest followers. The ad space on Yes & Yes brought in the most page views I’ve ever had. All of it has made me feel like the biggest success ever!” –Nadine Dohring

“Do this! I’ve seen a steady increase across the board since my Secret Weapon session with Sarah. My social media following is up, engagement is up, website traffic is up. Not only were her suggestions great but it was the loving kick in the pants I needed to get a whole lot of those ‘legacy’ things on the to-do list done.” – Sarah Jensen

 

You can read more about Secret Weapon here or email me at sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org to get one of your own!

3. It’s time for this month’s karma-cleansing exercise!

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Real Life Style Icon: Annette of ‘Lady Of Style’

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Annette is German, 53, loves a good motorcycle jacket, and doesn’t believe in botox. What’s that? You want to be her when you grow up? Join the club, dude.

Today, she’s telling us how German women stay so fit and fresh, the step she takes with e-v-e-r-y piece of clothing she owns and the $14 beauty product she swears by.

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True Story: My husband died of a brain tumor at 36

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Can you imagine being 29 and getting a call that your totally healthy boyfriend just had a seizure at work? And then finding out that he had a brain tumor? Today, my friend Nora is sharing the story of her life with Aaron. I know you’re going to love her writing. Warning: you’ll probably laugh/cry your way through this interview.

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Web Time Wasters


How was you week, guys? As I’m sure you know, Minneapolis lost one of its most beloved citizens this week and the whole city has been in mourning. I was lucky enough to see Prince perform at Paisley Park a few years ago and it was exactly as awesome and weird as you’d expect. We love and miss you, purple one.

Anyway, here are some great link for you:

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What nobody tells you about working for yourself

This post is brought to you by a business model you actually like, the letter S, and Hey Shenee!

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When you tell the people in your life you’re making the big, exciting leap into self-employment, there will be no shortage of well-meaning advice aimed in your direction.

“Charge what you’re worth!” they’ll yelp.
“Work your network!” they’ll cry.
“Master social media” they’ll nod.

And while all that is well and good, very, very few people will tell you this:

There’s a big, huge, life-changing difference between the work we do and how we do it.

Por examplo: I’m a writer. I have many friends who are writers, but we have very difference business models.

Friend 1 is a blogger who makes money on sponsored posts and advertising.
Friend 2 writes for magazines and newspapers and doesn’t even have a website.
Friend 3 works 1-on-1 with people who want to write novels.
Friend 4 write sales pages and teaches people how to write their own sales pages.
Friend 5 ghostwrites books, magazine articles, and blog posts for people who’d prefer not to write.

Five difference business models for five different writers! And that’s just writing.

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The wrong business model can make you feel car-razy. It can eat all your free time, reduce your income, and tie you to your phone and computer. The right business model can feel like the life you’ve always wanted, with just the right amount of freedom, connection, challenge, and income. (<- I learned this the hard way after burning out on a client-based business model.)

I guess what I’m saying is – if you’re self-employed, you should take Shenee’s free quiz to find your perfect business model. If I would have taken it three years ago, I might have changed the way I structured my business and saved myself a looooot of stress.

In addition to helping you avoid a terrible career path, Shenee shares great insights on her bite-sized podcast and helps you find your first, most important 100 people. Pop over and check her out! I think your business model will thank you.

I write two sponsored posts each month. Do you want a whole post devoted to you and your stuff? In front of 12k daily readers? Check out my ad info here or drop me a line at sarah (at) yesandyes (dot) org and we’ll get started!