Self Employed and Loving It

It’s been nearly a year since I’ve written anything for myself. A shameful fact that I, personally, have a hard time owning. This fact haunts me as a result of what I’ve experienced for the past 10 months.

A former resident of New York State, I happily left that wasteland of poverty, unemployment and tax insanity and ventured out west — southwest to be exact.

I had contracted for a few years and as my husband and I were exploring the idea of adoption, I decided to try to return and fit the mold of a full-time employee working for…

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Having spent the past several years working with non-profits, I’ve seen a glaring issue that is literally preventing major growth in both fundraising potential and brand awareness.

This issue is also one of the leading reasons why for-profit small businesses fail within their first year and why so many aspiring entrepreneurs will remain in a state of aspiration instead of achieving their life-long goal of professional independence and making their mark on the world.

Let’s call it out, shall we?

The major issue, and I would say the primary issue that prevents non-profits from growing, is the fact that so…

It’s OK to admit that you don’t know everything about what needs to be done to complete a full-scale marketing campaign — many businesses don’t. I say this to not provide comfort to those who find that statement true, but to warn those who do of the danger of thinking that’s actually acceptable.

It’s not.

You need to know why it’s important to be smarter than your vendors. …

I think that one thing we can all agree on is that life, especially in business, can be overwhelming at times. One day may be the best of our life thus far, and the next could be a complete disaster and nothing goes right.

When we encounter an unruly day, we typically hear someone lightly send some encouragement our way by saying, “It’s always darkest before the dawn — hang in there”.

If you and I had a nickle for every time we heard this, to say we would be instant millionaires would be an understatement.

This statement can be…

Chief Executive Officer. Chief Financial Officer. Executive Vice President. Executive Director. Associate Director… the list goes on, and I’m sure it would go on for days and wrap around the world 40 times.

We love titles. In any business or position, it gives us a sense of purpose, a goal to reach for and substance to justify why we do what we do. We want to advance. We want to be “successful”.

If you’re reading this, you’re either seriously intrigued by the title or may be wondering what blasphemy I’m promoting — or both.

But trust me when I tell…

You’re at a cross-road. Everyone on your team is extremely talented and knowledgeable, but there’s just something missing about their ability to work together. Often you find your team members frustrated by another’s actions or simply ignoring the input of other members and pursuing their own objectives. You don’t see them collaborating as much as they should be and it’s really effecting your bottom line.

So, how do you create a positive team environment and team building exercises that work?

Take a rain check on “trust-falls” and check out these ideas for creating team building exercises that work — you…

“I don’t want to take control, so I want you all to sit here and tell me how you’re going to make this decision.” I heard that once from a leader I was working with while she addressed her team. She didn’t want to give her team any direction. Instead, she wanted to “empower” them with the ability to make their own decisions.

This was how she viewed leading others. Almost all hands off. No final decisions on her end. Great stories. Icebreakers. Being that “positive” influence. This was her recipe for excellent results.

Unbeknownst to her, the team viewed…

Politics In The Workplace, Photo By JEShoots

If you’re reading this, you’ve most likely been a victim of workplace politics in whatever way, shape or form they’ve manifested themselves in your professional life. That doesn’t mean, however, that this daily game of professional chess has to rule your life. Instead, I’m going to provide you with a few ways to win at workplace politics and why what you think about it doesn’t matter, but what you know about it, does.

Workplace Politics From The Beginning

To kick things off and make this an official article, let’s define, in our own terms, what workplace politics actually is.

To begin, no matter what you…

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You’ll see the seminars and training courses everywhere: Come to this one-time-event and learn how to expand your network.

Every time I see those ads, I laugh.

The truth is that one seminar will not teach you how to expand your network, nor will a string of classes that cost you $99 per month.

That’s pure and utter nonsense.

To avoid that kind of feel exactly, I’m not going to make this a lengthy article because I think that so many of us are tired of rhetoric revolving around business “tips and tricks” and are passionately pursuing actual solutions to…

Elizabeth K.

Finally writing for pleasure instead of employment.

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