Writing Can Be Hard — So What?

Writing Can Be Hard — So What?

Before she wrote her memoir Wild, Cheryl Strayed penned an advice column under the pseudonym "Sugar." In answer to a letter from a self-described "writer who can't write," Cheryl replied, "Writing is hard for every last one of us... Coal mining is harder. Do you think...

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Develop a Writing “Habit Trigger”

Develop a Writing “Habit Trigger”

"I write every morning between 6-7 a.m.," says Honorée Corder, the author of You Must Write a Book and Prosperity for Writers. "There's an alarm to remind me at 5:58 a.m. (in case I need more coffee), and I set a second alarm for 7 a.m. I write until the second alarm...

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Should You Stand Out or Fit In?

Should You Stand Out or Fit In?

When you were growing up, it's a good bet that one or more of the adults in your life advised you not to stand out. Standing out, like showing off, causing trouble, or breaking the rules, was something that good boys and girls didn't do. Now that you're a business...

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Deadlines Help You Write

Deadlines Help You Write

Caitlin Moran is an English journalist and author who writes three columns per week and has published seven books -- so far. Her columns and books have won multiple awards. She's married, has two teenage children, and appears to post on Twitter 24/7. How the heck does...

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Speaking Your Clients’ Language

Speaking Your Clients’ Language

Language is the currency of marketing. It may seem like getting clients for your business is about money, but communication is the real key. In order for someone to become your client, they must first understand what you are offering, relate your offer to something...

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Building Your Business Means Building Yourself

Building Your Business Means Building Yourself

"Grow your email list." "Speak in your community." "Get active on social media." "Meet people at events." "Start a blog." These are all recommendations a self-employed professional will hear when exploring how to build a thriving business. There's nothing wrong with...

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How Can I Grow My One-Person Business?

How Can I Grow My One-Person Business?

If you've been operating a successful professional services business as a solopreneur, it can be a smart move to leverage your experience, contacts, and track record in the industry by adding other professionals to your team. Managing a multi-person firm will allow...

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The Only Thing We Have to Fear

The Only Thing We Have to Fear

There's no question that the state of the world economy is alarming. Here in the U.S., businesses are failing, unemployment is at record levels, and business and consumer spending in multiple categories has plummeted. And there's no clear path to recovery while the...

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