More articles in category: Entrepreneurs

Perfect Practice

Practice makes perfect, right?

Not quite.

I grew up during the 1960’s, when astronauts and the Space Race and the first moon landing were all things that everyone was talking about. There was an incredible amount of national focus on all of this, and that focus was matched by the incredible amount of training (practice) that the National Aeronautics and Space A…

Couples Working Together

Are you in business with a spouse or significant other or do you know people including family members who are? If so, you may understand there are some very unique challenges in these types of businesses that require attention.​

* Because these family-run businesses are the backbone to our economic stability there is high value in them thriving. There are approxima…

5 Tips for Newbie Writers

I love it when people reach out to connect personally. Sometimes they ask me about a specific issue with their daughter, and sometimes they ask about aspects of my writing career. I thought I share one of the latter with you. You may find this helpful if you or your kids are aspiring writers.

Hi Ms. Davis,

I just started to write. What do you do w…



You have the concept for your  business. Now you have the overwhelming task of coming up with your business name. Let me help you simplify it.


BRAINSTORMING…You start with a sheet of paper & write every word, sentence, name, idea of business name that comes to mind….

Baby Steps

Last spring I was working hard to get my new coaching program off the ground and into revenue when my mentor advised me to offer my program to a beta client, at no charge, as a baby step towards my goal of having paying clients. I really didn’t like the idea, because I wanted to get paid for my value and skill. Thankfully, I was smart enough to follow her advice anywa…

How to Write an About-Me Bio: Audience First

I’m surprised at how many people struggle with how to write an About Me. Your About Me is a chance for you reach out to an audience that already wants to know more about you. For some reason, people freeze up when they are trying to create their online bio. It seems, that with so many things you could write about, it becomes hard to choose which items to actually inc…

Dealing with an Overpriced Business for Sale

A business broker once told me that “every business is overpriced the day it is listed for sale”. Often, it can be a seller who thinks that is what the business is worth or what they need from the sale to either retire, payoff debt, or recoup their investment.

The problem is that none of those reasons make sense or have any bearing on the actual value of the business….

Jezebels, Crows and Angels

Jezebels, Crows and Angels 

The G-rated Image is from Pixabay

On my authority page “I Love Abe Lincoln” have written about running into trolls

Good Businesses Sell Fast – Buyers Most Work Quick

The business for sale market has always had one consistent trend regardless of the overall economy. When a solid business, with provable financials, that can be operated by a wide pool of buyers with a general business background comes up for sale, it doesn’t last long.

Since there’s always a shortage of good businesses for sale and the market is flooded wi…

Independence Dreams: Support Locals

There’s an internet meme being shared around a lot lately. The meme varies a little, and may or may not be attributed to the original author, Rebekah Joy Plett. In essence, the saying encourages us to buy things created by independent artists, authors, musicians, and crafters. These things, this meme reminds us, “aren’t just … a THING”. When you buy this artist’s creat…

Bestselling Author & Speaker, Nick Boothman

Nick Boothman has taught his revolutionary techniques of rapport by design to thousands of corporations, colleges and universities all over the world, including Harvard and the London Business School. His first two books, How to Make People Like you in 90 Seconds or Less and How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less, have been translated into 30 languag…

Gettin’ Edgy with Dan Waldschmidt

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To pick up a FREE copy of Dan’s book, Edgy Conversations, visit his sit…

Is Your Book Worth Every Penny?

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It’s every author’s dream to hit the most popular best selling lists. You must hav…

My Little Entrepreneur

My husband and I were talking about entrepreneurs this week and their journeys. We try to follow suit but it isn’t always easy.

It’s funny how things come full circle, as we were talking my aunt sent me an email about my younger cousin who has started her own little business and is giving a portion of the proceeds to her hospital. How amazing is that!


Starting a Business

Starting A Business: So Many Options – Where Do I Begin?

There are three main aspects that you need to address in choosing the right business opportunity. You need to know what to avoid, know what you want in a business, and know your own qualifications. I covered the first two parts of this equation in my previous articles, How To Find The Right Ho…

What is your destiny?

Do you feel, or have you ever felt, like things are not going to plan, you are stuck in a rut, nobody listens to you, and the breaks never seem to come your way? I am sure that most of us can relate to this either personally or from someone that we know, right?


I was at the lowest point in my life. Nothing seemed to being going right and I blamed everyon...

How I Learned to Leave A Bad Situation and Pursue

Reading Time; 30 Seconds


How I Learned to Leave A Bad Situation and Pursue My Passion.


This year things will be different.

You think this. I think this. Your gut is screaming th…

The path always zig-zags

Has your path, towards your ultimate goal move into one straight easy line? Probably not!

The path I’ve taken towards fitness has not been one solid streamline. The journey has brought me much more than fitness. The path had a few turns and within those turns, I’ve met wonderful people. People who have inspired and empowered me to keep working towards my goa…

What To Look For In A Home Based Business

(This is the third in a four part series.)

You are one of the many people in this difficult economy who has found himself or herself in need of another source of income. Some people have had hours or wages reduced while others have been laid off or have had their jobs totally eliminated. In any case, you are searching on the internet for some sort of solution to y…

3 Easy Steps to Finding Your Most Productive Time

As much as we wish we could sit down at any given time and work on any given task with a high degree of focus and productivity, it’s often not that easy. Instead, there are factors like time of day, work type, and environment that play a big role in our success. While it’s a good start to write achievable goals, our chances of getting them done hinges on our ability …

My Ideal Client

So this is an exercise I had to do for my Tribe course. I am doing Tribe so that I can take my golf lessons online and create a membership site that allows golfers to have time flexibility and digital access to my teaching philosophy and lesson content. In order to serve my clients best, I have to niche down to my ideal client, so this is her.

Melissa is a busy mom. S…

Turning Negatives Into Positives

In the last article I wrote, I promised that I would share with you the strategies that you can use to turn the worst day of your life into the best thing that ever happened to you. This is a technique I have used to overcome childhood abuse, poverty, the murder of my father, and a great many other challenges that I have faced in life, so believe me when I tell you that i…

Red Flags and Mine Fields

How To Identify Red Flags & Avoid The Mine Fields In Your Search For The Right Home Based Business

Disclaimer: I apologize for the length of this article, but all of this information is critical in the decision-making process.

You’ve made the decision to start a business working from home. Where do you start? You can plug some key wor…

Motivate & Encourage

Do you remember all the crazy experiments and hobbies you had growing up? How many of those hobbies turned into real passion and something you could see yourself doing for the rest of your life? In a world where we expect instant results we have almost lost sight of the phrase “starting off small”. I started recording music at 13 years old. How? It involved a barely …

The Biggest Threat Entrepreneurs Face

As entrepreneurs, it can feel like we live in an alternate universe, battling unique challenges and dealing with a whole new set of parameters. It can be overwhelming and disheartening, and at times make us just want to give up and go back to the road well-traveled. But deep down, we know we need to see things through and push through the doubt to emerge on the other …

How to Work with an Accountability Partner

What percentage of people do you think achieve their New Year’s Resolutions? 50%? 30%? According to a recent study, it’s more like 8%. So what’s keeping 92% if people from meeting their goals? A big part of it is lack of accountability: they don’t have guidance in place to keep them on track.

Enter: the accountability buddy. Someone whose role is to help you sta…

Olympic Thoughts

I was watching the Winter Olympics over the last two weeks; it was inspiring to see the medalists perform at their best at the right time. It was also, heart wrenching to see the disappointment for those who fell just short or had a disappointing result.

Most of the athletes trained year round for 4 years just for that moment. Why did some succeed and others f…

Clear Your Mind Every Morning to Be Productive

Rrecently wrote an answer covering how noisy our environment is nowadays. There is a constant flow of information and unfortunately, the majority of it is either unhealthy or unnecessary.

So how do press refresh on our …

10 Steps to Getting the Best Sleep You’ve Ever Had

We have a lot going on in our lives. We are entrepreneurs, we work while others are sleeping. We can sleep when we are dead. We have clients that need us, so sleep must wait.

Okay…but at what cost? If you are an entrepreneur, you really need to pay attention to this article. Especially if you are at all sleep deprived.

I understand you are the busiest person o…

Persistence is Greater than Power

We all see the posts and pictures with inspirational quotes on social media; today, however, I liked one that really struck a deep chord within me. I can take no credit whatsoever for this, but read this slowly and let it sink in. “The river cuts through rock not because of its power but because of its persistence.”

Persistence is gre…

Building Your Author Empire

If you’re a published author, you probably know, your book alone is not likely to make you rich. Sure, it happens, but the truth is the majority of authors don’t make a living from their books alone, although your book is often the most important piece of the puzzle. It’s everything you create after publication, the empire you build based on the core concepts o…

5 Ways To Increase Your Intelligence

What does it mean to be smart? Smart is such an interesting word. We all have slightly different definitions of it.

Here are some definitions I found on google:

  • Having or showing a quick-witted intelligence.
  • Having or showing quick intelligence or ready mental capability
  • Clever, witty, or readil…
Make 2018 Amazing – 10 Steps

January is almost at a close. How has it been for your so far? Are you focused on your goals? Did you set any? It is not too late to start. I am excited to share with you these 10 steps that will set you off on the right path, as gleaned from the great insights of Mark Cole. The steps are working for me and I am sure you will find some gold in the fol…

WHY ME – Is The First Question We Ask Ourselves

It is NEVER easy to accept “bad” news about our health, our family, our finances or anything else which threatens our livelihood or life. When this happens, it’s natural to immediately get into a self-pitying mode. The first question is WHY ME? What did I do so wrong to be punished like this? Why am I not successful with my business, I love what I do? Why are they (cou…

25 Reasons to Hire a Virtual Assistant

You’re busy. You’re swamped. You want to grow, but you can’t focus on growing because you have this pile of paperwork to muddle through. No fear! Virtual assistants to the rescue! While not all virtual assistants are the same or do the same work, most virtual assistants, or VAs, can save you time and energy. How? Check out this list of tasks that a VA can do to help yo…

You get a Fandom, and YOU get a fandom!

We’ve all got one. We’ve all been a part of it. Sometimes, it haunts us. Always, it defines us.   Fandoms.   There’s something uniquely special about belonging to a group of people with a shared interest, where you can be yourself and geek out. Existing in a judgement-free zone, you can build communities, sh...


Sensible Living and Opinions on Four Feet      1


Niu Niu    No!

Gary          But it brings viewers to the blogs.

Niu Niu    No!!   Don’t buy a stupid cat. I will help you. And crazy daughter has a lot of off-beat ideas. That may be…

4 Tips For Waking up Early and Seizing the Day

When you struggle to get up in the morning, it’s a clears sign you’re not getting enough sleep. In today’s fast-paced world, the majority of us are in a state of constant stimulation from the moment we awaken to the minute we get in bed. This has made us chronically sleep deprived and can make getting up early a miserable experien...

Top 3 things to do as a Solopreneur.

I have been on my journey as a solopreneur for the last 3 years and I have learned several lessons, usually through the mistakes I have made. I am not a business major nor try to pretend to be one. I come to this role with over 20 years in the social service field and got into my business as a new way to help people. In the last 3 years I have taken a couple courses to tea…

3 Ways to Boost Creativity & Intelligence

The other day, I went down a “creative” rabbit hole as I find it to be a very interesting topic. Creativity is so important to living a fulfilled life, as well as the survival of humankind. so why wouldn’t we strengthen it similar to a muscle?

Naturally, I watched a few TED Talks on the subject, read some articles and listened to some podcasts. One that I really found…

Planning for 2018 Analog vs Digital

I got through this every year, or every few months, if I’m being honest, but since it’s almost 2018 I’ll stick to writing about the annual tradition of finding a new planner. 

I am a minimalist in my aesthetic and try to be as paper-free as possible, yet years of habitual paper hoarding and writing mean that I just cannot give up a paper planner. I have tried e…

A bit of inspiration for 2018

I thought it would be good for my first article to provide a bit of inspiration and context on my background. In the coming weeks, I will be digging bigger into my current projects that I am working on. Enjoy!


Have you ever hit a point in your life when you REALLY had to take a step back and reflect on what was going on in life? As an “en…

Leading The Way In 2018

It’s that time of year again! As we reflect and evaluate on the previous year we can’t help but set goals and targets for the upcoming year. We look back on what worked and what didn’t. We make promises to ourselves to either not have a certain thing repeat itself or to further improve on what we have done. We tend to view that first day, week, or even month of the upcoming...

The Fast Track to Success

My journey into digital marketing began only six months ago. Prior to that I knew that many people were making a full-time income working only on the internet. What I didn’t know was how.

To answer this question I started by entering “how to make money online” into several search engines. The search results were disappointing to say the least. Every link I clicked le…

What’s in a System Anyway?

An entrepreneur decides to open a coffee shop. He finds a good location, signs the lease, and completes the necessary construction.  Next, he buys all the supplies, tables, chairs, hires help and does everything else necessary for the grand opening. However, he decides to not buy coffee machines because they are too expensive. The entrepreneur exclaims, “That is a lot o…

40 Hours/Week Is Messed Up…

Go Read friends! This is my first published article here on the platform! Shout out to Naomi Haupt for this invite, looks like it will be a blast learning to get my way around. Feel free to shoot me any thoughts, ques…

To Connect and Influence

Is writing a book on your bucket list? Well, if it is welcome to the club!

For the past 5 years+ 82% of North Americans claim they want to write a book so you’re part of a cozy majority with this goal.

And, wait for this! Only 3% who start to write a book actually get around to finishing it and getting it out into the world.

3%. That’s a sad numb…

Advice on Vison

Spell-check is your friend, but it is not your best friend. It is a tool to help you with your writing, and it can be very helpful. I encourage you to use it as your first line of defense against writing errors.

I cannot tell you how many documents I receive for final, pre-publishing review where it appears that the author has never taken advantage of their spell-c...

10 Signs You Were Born An Entrepreneur

What is an entrepreneur in today’s world? The word Entrepreneur seems to gets tossed around a lot nowadays. It’s like it is a new fad that everyone wants to be a part of. What does it even really mean to be an Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneur: A person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a busin...

Bitcoin and Why it Matters Part 1

In the 1990’s people were asking “What is the internet?” Some thought it was good, others thought it was bad, others thought it was a fad, and now today everyone can agree it has fundamentally changed the way we all live. The internet is the first platform that has connected the globe. Even today I received a video and several texts from my African friend in Uganda via “W…

Avocado Business

Since I was a little kid I always had a mentality of making money and how to make money and help my mom, like I’ve mentioned in previous articles. In order to do that, I have always done whatever it takes. I now know the true definition of an entrepreneur. I remember when I was six years old I helped my uncle sell avocados. He was doing a terrible job because he just …

Confessions from an Info Junkie

Hi, my name is Roseanney and I’m an info junkie.

And this is the part where you say, “Hi, Roseanney. We won’t judge you.”

My latest obsession for my authorpreneurship: feeding frenzy on multiple webinars and virtual summits to learn (s) how to build my own e-course from scratch (b) how to build an email list of potential audience/students and (c) how to get…

Apps to Make Your Life Easier/Healthier/More Alive

ease & flow

You may have picked up on my message lately of slowing down. Opening up so *it* *stuff* *change* … can land. It’s by no mistake that I’m sharing this with you as it’s the continual lesson I’m learning myself. How about you?  Do you notice resistance to slowing down, ever?

When the cars in front of you slow d…

My co-authored book launches today!!!

Today is the day! 

My coauthor book is officially released! Our book helps women of all ages to become Choice Makers, but primarily focuses on the pivotal time of being in our 30s, and how different that looks in this day and age. 

We are raising funds for UNWomen – End Violence Against Women Internationally. 

Today is our rally for Amazon best seller, a...

Start An Authority Business In Your Backyard!

There are more entrepreneurs trying to brand themselves as authorities than ever before. As I mentioned in my last article in this series, positioning yourself as an authority is the smartest thing a business owner can do to generate more revenue.


How to Weather the Storms of New Entrepreneurship

What do you think of when you hear the word entrepreneur? A successful person like Tony Robbins or Mark Zuckerberg? A strong female leader like Marie Forleo or Oprah Winfrey?

I used to think of a bold, confident, and ambitious person, driven to succeed and virtually unflappable. The world was their oyster and they had full control of their dest…

You Can Win A Bookstore!

After many years of running a successful bookstore in Wellsboro, a local couple is ready to move on to new pursuits. But they’re not selling their bookstore using a traditional method. They’re offering one person the chance to win a bookstore for $75.

Kevin and Kasey Coolidge started From My Shelf Books & Gifts in their hometown in 2006. It was t…

Build Structure….Leap Ahead To Stardom

Sometimes you forget that when you go higher, whether physically or in a mental state or in business – you must have really good structure below to sustain your growth. Without this structure, the success is short lived.

Let’s reference the above picture. This is a current day stock market chart. Why a stock market chart? I wanted to use something that everyone can…

Our relationship with our entrepreneurial self

As entrepreneurs, we constantly have to use certain skills and qualities that we otherwise wouldn’t have to use as regular employees. Just like an employee who wants to succeed, you will need to possess a lot of those same skills, however, not quite in the same way.

Self-motivation, giving myself feedback, problem solving, moral support, creativity, an…

How Weather Affects My Financial Health or Does It

Sadly for most, the month of August has arrived. However, for me, I’m usually quite relieved when August arrives! You all might think that I’m a little unusual but most years, by this time of year, I’m approaching a burn out with my 6 day, 12 hours per day work week and teaching schedule.

Sadly, this year is different. Not because I’ve changed anything, but becaus…

As a small business owner, how far will you go?

No matter the type of business you are in, as a small business or business owner everyone can agree that customer service is of paramount priority. Attracting, gaining, and maintaining customers is arguably the most important area of business to focus on (once the brand/product/service is established and in good working order).

As a small business ow…

I Want to Write a Book: Part 1

Yes, I want to write a book.

I have an idea, and I’m excited about it. 

I know the title of the book, how many chapters it will contain and what each one will discuss.

But I have not written a single word down.

I have jotted a few ideas in my iPhone “notes”, and that’s about it.

I had planned on taking this very week off from anything ...

There is no such thing as failure: only feedback.

Here’s a fact of life: All behavior is a feedback loop.

You want something, you try for it. If you fail, you can try the same thing again; or you can figure out what the first try taught you (feedback), redesign your strategy, and then try again. Get more feedback from your second try, and keep changing and refining until you get what you want. Try and refine, try...

From Comfort Zone To Profit Zone

Do you really want to live your dreams? Think carefully before you answer. How you answer this question will determine your life journey. Will you be a ‘wandering generality’ according to Zig Ziegler or a ‘meaningful specific’? Will you cower because of…


Ahas are turning points if you pay attention. They’re interesting little buggers that creep into your system and fill every cell of your being with clarity and conviction. The hard part is the work that comes after AHA; the work that it takes to turn clarity and conviction into doing and achieving. 

My AHA came to me one dreary October Friday afternoon when Oprah’…

Seven Strategic Secrets In Marketing Your Stories

 ”There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou

Whether you realize it or not, we ARE our story.

Whatever we tell ourselves, that’s what our brain will choose to believe. Do we rely on the opinion of others to shape our lives? Or can we think “outside the box” and be the person we...


Every day I wake up and I am so very grateful that I own my life. I can decide…

– How many hours I work.

– How busy I want to be.

– How social I want to be.

– To take the time to workout every day.

– When to take days, or weeks off.

How many people can say that? How many people leave their home every day for TEN hours a day. Th...

Payment Processing: an industry with no standards

 I have worked in payment processing for many years now, and would like to share what is not always public knowledge. By default, open a business and you may ask your financial institution to help you setup a merchant account so you can accept card payments. It may sound all very normal, and in fact it is, however the pricing is very expensive. added fees for multi…

Giants In The Land

So, God has called you to become an entrepreneur. No surprise there. He said that He has given us the ability to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). He also said that everything we put our hands to will prosper (Deuteronomy 30:9). So cool. With God on your side how can you lose? You are unbeatable. Sounds good right? You have so many plans and ideas of how you want your busines…

Are you a good person?

I know that deep down everyone thinks they are a good person. Well, I should rephrase that. I THINK that deep down MOST people think they are a good person. I’m sure there are a few rotten people out there that know they are rotten, but for the general majority most believe that they are a good person. Let’s take a deeper look at tha…

Get Your Web Browsing Under Control

For today’s tip I want to show you how you can be more organized when you are browsing the web. My favorite browser is Google Chrome because it plays nicely with different integrations and extensions. One feature that I love about Google Chrome is personas. With Google Chrome you can create different personas which manage different windows of Chrome. Let me explain…if you’re …

3 Steps To Becoming A Highly-Paid Authority

reading time: 3.15 minutes

Back in 2006, my first book failed! Looking back 11 years later, I am thankful that it did. My goal was not just to publish a book, but it was to become a world-renowned expert on sales. I wanted to travel around the world and speak to millions of people. I guess God had a different plan for me.

After that first book failed, my d…

Find Your Niche – Not Really a Secret!

Your Niche – What can it be?

One of the top catch words of the last few years in marketing is “niche,” and following that, the phrase, “niche marketing.” Ears perk up, and minds open a bit.

Everyone seems to respond positively to the concept of, niche marketing, even if they only have a vague concept of …


I recently read an article about comic book artist, John Romita Jr. who blasted Marvel Comics for replacing and changing the design of classic characters to cater more to the fans growing desire for more diversity in today’s comic books. 

You can quickly read the article, posted By: Matt McGloin 04/21/2017 – It is a very short articl…

Shout Outs to all the entrepreneurs and Start-ups!

Recently see on Facebook:

“Here’s something interesting:

• Kylie Jenner sells a lip gloss, and people buy it.

• Michael Jordan launches a new shoe, and people buy it.

• Matthew McConaughey is the spokesman for a car, and people lease or buy it.

• Apple launches a new phone, and pe...

What Do I Do Now? Entrepreneurial Crossroads

What to do, what to do…How to do it, how to do it…HELP.

A million thoughts and ideas are going through my mind and I’m having a hard time structuring them. I have “big picture” perspective, but lack the sharp focus and “small picture” steps to get there.

I’m talking about my social marketing business. Wait, stay with me! Don’t run…I know I would have in th…

1,2,3, Fifteen: The Productive Entrepreneur

If you work for yourself, chances are you work from home, and chances are your work space looks NOTHING like the ideal scene depicted in the headline picture! If you’re a woman and a mother, there are a million things to do in and around the home on top of running the business. I know that sounds stereotypical, but it is a reality for many of us “mompreneurs”. Unless y…

How to Harness the Power of Trusted Advisors

The most effective way to get good results in business is to act strategically and swiftly. Fail fast and small to prove your concept then build on what you learn. There is some research involved, but only to the extent you can take steps in a logical sequence to get the desired result. This is hard to do if you do not have a good team to support your efforts. …

10 Questions- Ken Dunn

Reading Time:60 Seconds

I am writing a series of articles asking a guest 10 questions, How they start their day, who has influenced them most? What habits they have? Read on and you will find out a little more about this weeks featured guest…

What You Need To Start An Online Business.

Your Facebook timeline may look like mine, flooded with ads promising to share the secrets to building a six figure business, work from home, travel the world, create passive income..scam or any truth in it?

Too often in coaching sessions people tell me they fantasize about escaping their current job or career. That their unhappiness and symptoms of depression a…

Meaningful Organizational Change: The Grammar Trap

The first time I remember wanting to become an author was my sophomore year in high school. I was a very good student, but always faced a challenge in English – especially with grammar. Present, past, first person, nominative tense with a dangling participle – What?! My theory of skilled writing was, and I suppose, still is – does it sound right?  So, I petulan…

Your First Contract

The first contract you will ever establish in your life is the contract you have with yourself.

Learning to trust your own word comes before you can offer your word to any other human being on the planet. Personal integrity comes before social integrity.

Including personal belief’s, this should be your holiest of scriptures (Which can also incorporate religi…

Mimic the Mentors

The Marie Forleos, Seth Godins, Malcolm Gladwells and Danielle Laportes of the online info age have it figured out so why not learn from the best?

There’s no need to reinvent how it’s done. Real, honest helpful information distilled in easy digestible content whether written or in webinars is what made them the thought leaders they are today. They figured out how it’s…

Personal Development and a Horses have in common?

In the modern world, people widely used the term ‘Personal Development’ in everyday life, but most of them don’t know the meaning of it. Personal development is actually about devoting time in yourself so that you face up any circumstances effectively, that this mortal life might bring upon you. Instead of waiting for the opportunities that might come in your way per…

These are the People In My Neighbourhood #3

Dear Friends, Neighbours, & Readers,

I am deeply proud to introduce to you one of the nicest, and most creative specialists for Top Of Mind Awareness promotional items, Sharkie Tarakjian. I’ve been very honoured to have been able to work with this amazing team, and I consider Sharkie more than a trusted resource & community partner, I consider him a…

These are the People In My Neighbourhood #3

Dear Friends, Neighbours, & Readers,

I am deeply proud to introduce to you one of the nicest, and most creative specialists for Top Of Mind Awareness promotional items, Sharkie Tarakjian. I’ve been very honoured to have been able to work with this amazing team, and I consider Sharkie more than a trusted resource & community partner, I consider him a …

How to Gain Financial Freedom

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about independence, specifically as it pertains to my work life. I think that ANY job could feel stifling when you feel obligated to work it; the knowledge that you must stay where you are, or must keep certain benefits, can suck the joy out of anything, eh?

I’m also getting more in tune with who I am and what…

Five work rules for writers:

Get into a groove – Figure out your best times of day or night to write and make everything else in your life work around that. Do whatever helps you gear up for what will be a few hours at your desk. Run around the block, meditate, take a spin class or delicately sip your cuppa green tea then prepare to sit and typ…

The Pen is in Your Hands to write Your Life!

All we can do is Control our Efforts, not the Outcomes – so why DO we focus our efforts solely on the outcome? And why boast about our successes or mope around when our efforts aren’t rewarded with a tangible result?  And why do we judge ourselves so harshly when we make mistakes?

Was it our upbringing? Were we disciplined negatively & sometimes …

I live by The List!

Do you ever feel like your head is going to explode? Do you lay awake at night, mind racing? Thoughts spinning like a tornado?

My brain is often on overload. Think about it, I’m a mom-entrepreneur. I need to manage the child, meals, activities some house chores (I’m lucky, my husband is very good at house keeping), school events, my business, clients, staff, jobs, m…

Writing Workshop Warriors

The desire to write a book is noble but realistically speaking, writing and getting a book published is actually a challenging process. Most people can’t manage it and yet the publishing industry is on fire with self-published authors.

If you are reading this because you have a big book idea itching to get out then maybe you’ve seen them. Those self-…

Appreciating our Beautiful Differences

Montreal is a melting pot, just as many of our great Canadian metropolitan cities are. This translates into being confronted by various languages, ethnicities, beliefs and perspectives, among other aspects that contribute to our rich culture. After all, a community’s ability to co-exist with its various members despite the differences between them is a good indicator of …

A Route Less Traveled: Reader-Driven Publishing

The business of publishing has gone through a notable shift in recent years. It used to be that if one wanted to be a published author, their only option was to send query letter upon query letter until a publisher was willing to take the risk. Unfortunately, agents and publishers receive upwards of 100 queries a week, and often do not give more than a passing gl…

To the aspiring entrepreneur.

When it comes to picking your career, you balance pleasing others with what is expected of you. You do as your parents say, get the university degree, get your best suit on and land a corporate job. You find something that you can tolerate, that pays the bills and convince yourself you’re lucky to be employed. Days become years, and you fail to find passion in what you do….

How do you fly faster than your competitors?

Author Ken Ingram, MQA

It all begins when you shift your thinking and start to think like a designer. I recently read Josh Linker’s book “Disciplined Dreaming“. It was another great reminder of how important it is to continually challenge your business model. If you are not tinkering with your business at least once a week, sooner or later one of your co…

The Skill Set Tipping Point

One of the best and most challenging things about being an entrepreneur at any level is the opportunity to learn new things.

There’s always new technologies to learn, new strategies to consider, new skills to master.

There are moments, I’m not going to lie… that it feels like I’ve traded one hamster wheel for another…

What else do I need to learn before …

3 Ways to Never Succeed with Your Startup

1.     Continual researching / studying / reading:

I recently purchased Stephen King’s book on writing. It is excellent, thought provoking, and makes an excellent addition to my writer’s library. I also find that my “spare time”, such as it is, is being eaten up by reading about writing – and I haven’t actually been writing.

Beware the t…

Mixed Feelings

In just a couple of hours, I board a plane to Orlando. I’ll be gone for 5 days in total. It’s a business trip with bonuses: I’ll be attending a convention, but also spending some time with a dear friend who happens to live in the same city where the convention is taking place.

I’m excited. It’s winter here in my part of the world, and I’m going to Florida. I’ll…

What You Hate Doing May Be the Key to Your Success

I’m in the midst of preparing for exponential growth for my companies. This preparation stage has left me feeling…sometimes vulnerable and raw, and at other times, insufferably bored. Growth of the magnitude I’m most interested forces me to dig in and work on all of the things I like least in my businesses. It means that “legal” and “accounting” are at the top of my pri…

Automate Your Business

Hey there! It’s Nichole Carpenter, your Business Operations and Automation Advisor. If you are an entrepreneur who is ready to have an empowered, growing business then you are in the right place. Today I’m going to introduce you to the #1 tool that will make your business run more effectively. Now, most likely you’ve heard of and even used this tool before, but here I’m…

Take Care of Your Heart…Feed Your Soul!

It has been an interesting couple of months, this 2017.

As I house clean my Heart, throw wide open the closets where I’ve thrown my “Stuff” that I haven’t really wanted to deal with, the dust is profuse and the clutter profound. As an Entrepreneur, a Wife, a Mother, a Grandmother, a Sister & a Friend, there is this delicate thing we all …

Facebook Posts: 3 Tips Entrepreneurs Should Know!

There are so many joys to being an entrepreneur, but keeping up with what’s happening in Social Media? That can be a frustrating challenge! 

Here are a few tips, that I’ve learned along the way. They make posting on Facebook a little bit easier and, even, a little bit fun!


Do You Have a Plan B?

Did you always know you wanted to start your own business? Or are you one of the many loyal individuals who was happily going to work and then one day you’re told “your services are no long needed because the computer will take over”? I know that feeling all too well.

My family had a business during my childhood and I know the demands that we were faced with as ch...

Lessons Learned: The New Entrepreneur

“But I’ve been trying everything.” I blubbered, wiping my snotty nose with a Kleenex. “I even read 20 affirmations OUT LOUD this morning like a psychopath.”

It was Day 8 of my life as a solopreneur, and my first cry.

“I’m trying so hard and doing everything I should, and yet the results are WORSE.”

Thankfully, on the other side of the ...

Becoming “More Powerful and Confident

By Ken Ingram

Whatever you do or wherever you go, at some point in your business life you will have an opportunity or more to speak in front of a group of people. When such occasions present themselves, you will have no choice but to step up and inevitably be in the spotlight. It can be the scariest event in the life of your business or your moment to shine.
I of…

How Hot Dogs Saved My Life

Hot dogs saved my marriage too! I’m not kidding… Once upon a time I was wealthy. Private plane wealthy, 100 acre farm with multiple homes wealthy and then in 2007 (I don’t know if you noticed) the housing market crashed. 

In 3 short months, I went from wealth to the poor house. Of course, poor is a state of mind and broke is a state of wallet. So, I’ll rephrase to, …


Last month I took part in a small seminar about publishing at one of my local libraries. The seminar was hosted by two representatives from a well renowned publishing company. One of the topics of the presentation emphasized the importance of being traditionally published as opposed to going the self-publishing rout. They also emphasized the importance of hav…

What Its Really Like Working With A Business Coach

I started my business at the beginning of the year after graduating with my third degree, as a Nutritionist. I was fully aware of my purpose ten years ago, to coach, to help others through personal transformation. I also needed the time in my twenties to go through my own.

I graduated and was ready to dive into the world of entrepreneurship. I spent more and mor…

Death of the Golden Rule

Why are bankers despised?

The gist of the “Golden Rule” is simply treating others as you wish to be treated; unless you’re a banker. Then the rule is: “He who has the gold rules.” Perhaps that is why bankers are despised. Their self-effacing rule defies human dignity and respect.

There was a time, not so long ago, when a man’s or woman...

Creating Your Own Success Team

Dale Carnegie is credited for teaching the leadership concept that there is no such thing as a self made man, someone had to help him along the way. The central message of chapter 10 in “If You Think You Can” is teamwork! I hope to illustrate why building a team…

Get Out of the Kiddie Pool!

I once had a long-distance friend visit for a 5 day stay.

She spent the first four days regaling us with her deep love for swimming, and stating how much she wished we lived closer to a pool. Her abilities appeared endless, and she would intermittently wax poetic as she regaled with tales of her prowess in the water.

On day 5, my mom surprised us with a 30 m…

What does your island look like?

There are many quotes about words having power. ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ Often, people around me serve as life lessons and sources of inspiration for my next piece of writing.

Recently, someone I know compared me to a tree who stands alone on …

Secrets Of Equity Crowdfunding

Nathan Rose, who is originally from New Zealand, currently talking to us from Budapest, and calls himself a digital nomad, which I just love so much. Nathan has a background in investment banking and he went to school in New Zealand and now is the director of Assemble Advisory, which has raised over $11 million. They are equity crowdfunding experts. H…

So You Want To Start A Passion Business?

Do you ever get that “what am I doing with my life” feeling? Maybe you realize all your decisions leading up to this point in your life were made to please someone else? Maybe you choose to travel the expected, predictable road that would keep you safe and taken care of?

I mean c’mon who wouldn’t want a map drawn out with exact steps leading to a guaranteed des…

Falling Down Seven Times… Getting Up Eight!

Well hey there!

Welcome back! 

Today I am going to be writing about learning from your mistakes.

In my last article: “Breaking Up With Brand New” I shared the universal entrepreneurial truth…

The key to building something succes…

Label Your Notes in Google Keep

This is the second article in my Google Keep series. You can read the first article here.

Once you have all of your business cards captured and transcribed in Google Keep notes, you will want to be able to quickly find certain notes. Keep…

The Future is in the Follow-up

Connect, Captivate, Convert is a mini series of articles which speaks to the wholistic approach of growing your tribe and ultimately the bottom line. After you have successfully cinched the deal, THEN what?

A sustainable future is definitely in the follow-up! The most important phase is keeping the customer engaged after the transaction of the sale. You must co…

How To Be Successful At Crowdfunding Pt 1

Due to the current economic climate more and more individuals and enterprises are turning to crowdfunding as a source to finance their ideas. To get Venture Capital funds is like farming for rocking horse poop. You have to successfully mate a unicorn with a 4 leaf clover. Banks might loan money, but the problem is you have to begin repaying before the creating is comp…

20 Mile March

In Jim Collin’s writings, Collin’s touches on the subject of a “20 Mile March” multiple times. In depth the story tells of a 1911 expedition to the South Pole between two parties of explorers (The Amundsen Party & The Scott Party). For The Amundsen Party it would be a race to victory, and a safe journey home for the whole group. For the Scott Party it would lead t…

The Essence of Growing your Tribe Part 3 of 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this mini series, we’ve discussed how to connect with your audience to create an impact, then we discussed the idea of captivating them with your story of why you are doing what you’re doing.

In this the last of three parts, lets look at how to convert connections to dollars…

The Essence of Growing your Tribe Part 2 of 3

In Part 1 of 3 of this mini series we talked about how to connect with your audience to create an impact. Connecting from a heart source. Extend yourself genuinely and seek to befriend rather than to sell.

Part two is to captivate your audience. To do this, you need to understand your story. You must be able…

How I went from Depression to Living Vibrantly

Yep, I went from Depressed, Skinny and Unhappy … To … Vibrant, Happy and Fully Fulfilled.

No long ago I popped anti depressants to help me get through my day and popped sleeping pills to get me through the night. I was unhappy, skinny, unconfident, and desperately hard on myself. That was the old me though. Now, I’m new and impro…

How More Play Can Improve Our Work

We must embrace the energy and creativity of our inner child to “think different” and “outside of the box,” which is what most companies want from their employees these days. 

And it’s definitely what entrepreneurs need to stay engaged and hopeful in their passion projects!

Play gets us into that highly desired sta…

Breaking Up With “Brand New”

Are you a multi passionate entrepreneur, trying to figure out how to get a new idea off the ground?

Are you new to this idea of starting your own business and just starting to dabble?

Then keep reading because this article is for you.

Regardless of where you’re at in your biz journey, I’m sure you’ll agree one of the hardest things to figure out when y…

Thinking of Starting Your Own Business?

Take some business advice from Pope Consulting newsletter contributors.

· Keep your receipts, contracts, legal documents, and invoi…

My MISSION of LASTING Change………….

Jan 6/17

Goal setting – Love it or Hate it?

Did you set goals for 2017? Do you believe that you’ll carry on & stick with your plan?

Here’s my take on Goal setting & the results:

  • Remaining faithful to a plan, in my mind, IS the achievement whether we accomplish each goal or not!! Do you feel the…
The 1 Skill

In all of my life experience, in all applications, I believe one skill trumps all. The ability to create.

In my past experience in what I thought was “secure” employment I witnessed, layoffs, pay freezes, contract delay tactics, excessive terminations, and other things many would deem as unsavory business practices.

In the middle to late stages of my …

New Year, New Resolutions

New Year, New Resolutions

Happy New Year! It’s the very beginning of 2017, and with the new year comes so much hope, promise and optimism. I’m sure I’m not the only one who subscribes to creating New Year’s resolutions – but how does this translate to business goals and resolutions?

As an entrepreneur and business owner, the two almost have to go hand in hand…

Because You’re Worth It!

Over the years I have spoken with many entrepreneurs and there is always a recurring theme: What should I charge for my services? Now this question arises, not really based on numbers, but rather, the question is based on self-worth.

So let me ask you a question. Why did you start your business? Because you are good at what you do. Heck you would even consider yo…

The Reason You May Feel Overwhelmed.

I was coaching an entrepreneur this morning and thought I’d share the advice I gave her here:

Are you spending all your time and energy gathering information on what you should be doing? 

You don’t need another webinar promising to share the latest secrets to success, you don’t need another self help book, you don’t need to keep observ...


I recently spoke to well-known fantasy author, A J Dalton about what it is like to be a new published author. Prior to being published back in October 28th, 2016, I told him that my friends and family have been asking me how it feels. My answer would usually be, “I don’t feel anything, except for the fact that I feel like I’m still worki…

The Power of Persistance

Do you ever feel like your just not quite…. getting anywhere with your business?

*averts gaze… looks at shoes*

It’s the dirty little secret of the creative entrepreneurial world.

We all feel it sometimes… that nagging tug in the pit of our stomach that says… I just spend 4 hours working… but what have I accomplished?


The One Easy Step to Change Oh Sh^#! to Oh Great!

Have you ever realized that your competition is doing the exact same thing as you?


This is what we can call an “Oh Shit!” Moment. Most businesswomen are destined to experience it at one point or another.


Let me tell you about mine.


I had a meeting with another visionary, Julia Pimsleu...

Attract an Abundant Life Privately NOT Secretly!

Many of you are probably familiar with the movie called “The Secret”. It created quite a buzz empowering millions of people across the globe to change their status, whether financially, socially, economically or simply their relationship status. One of the members of the team who enacted in the movie – Lisa Nichols – has a powerful story. Her inner drive to change her enviro…


In 2009 Leadership and Management Consultant Simon Sinek wrote a book titled: Start With Why. In the book Sinek correlates extraordinary performance with a corresponding purpose. Sinek labels that “The Why?”

Sinek’s TED talk on the same subject can be fou…

External to Internal Expectations of Ourselves

Although I have till now, been writing about the Expectations of life and what the world expects of us, I believe that in order to deal with the outside world in a positive manner, one has to first start from the inside. When one is taking steps to gain strength, maintain or improve one’s health, one can face the world with confidenc…

Letting things work.

Recently in my entrepreneurial journey I’ve been ramming my head into some pretty substantial walls.

I mean.. every time I turn around it feels like I’m coming up against another hurdle!

Solutions that I thought were solid… suddenly fall apart. Ideas that I thought were great creative solutions… seem to fly like lead balloons.

I’ve put…

Planning your Work-ation: Tips for Digital Nomads

I can be productive anywhere that has a good WiFi connection. The freedom I experience in running my businesses remotely is a feeling I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. I’m a modern day nomad; thirteen trips a year, a team of thirty based in locations around the world, and the flexibility to choose when and how I work.

With “great power comes great respon...