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Guest Post: No Matter Your Entrepreneurial Needs, This Guide Has You Covered

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By Chelsea Lamb

Starting your own business is a big, bold move! If you’re feeling a little apprehensive about taking such a leap of faith, you should know that there are plenty of resources and guides available online to help you with just about any sort of entrepreneurial task.

For example, if you need help getting your writing business started, you can check out the writer tools and resources available from Cynthia D. Griffin’s website. She even offers writing and editing services! You can also use the following resources to fill other startup needs.

You Need to Write a Business Plan

Every successful business starts out with thoughtful planning. Some entrepreneurs have made it big time without a plan, but you should know that these folks are the exception to the rule. Not only does a business plan serve as your roadmap to success, but having one can also help you out when it comes to securing startup funds for your new business.

To take the guesswork out of writing your plan, look for templates you can fill in with information. There are plenty available online and you can tailor them to your individual business needs.

You Need Help Getting Started

Make no mistake: Your time is precious when you’re an entrepreneur. So, while you can take on every single startup task solo, this may not be the best use of your time and energy. Instead, be like savvy entrepreneurs and consider hiring freelancers, or even permanent staff members.

Want to keep startup costs as low as possible? Using free sites to find qualified freelancers may be your best option. For instance, with one simple search, you can find a pro to help with data analysis services, or you can find writers, website developers, and any other type of freelancer you need. Best of all, you can find an hourly rate that fits your budget.

You could also work with an employment agency to fill your staffing needs. In a nutshell, an employment agency matches businesses and business owners with both permanent and temporary staff. Although most agencies do charge a fee for their services.

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Book Series Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ranson Riggs

I started reading this series after I watched the movie in theaters back in 2016. The movie peaked my interest enough to start reading the books, and I’m so glad, because I really enjoyed the first three books (Home For Peculiar Children, Hollow City, and Library of Souls). Though, I thought that was the end of the series, because the way book three ended, it seemed like a good place to stop things.

A few years later, I was browsing in a library, and was tickled pink when I stumbled across book 4: A Map Of Days. I grabbed it off the shelf and eagerly went home to to read it. And the way book 4 ended, I knew 5 was in the works, because it left the story on a pretty huge cliffhanger. So I waited patiently for Conference of the Birds, which of course was as fantastic as the other books. And then yesterday, I finally finished the series reading book 6: The Desolations of Devil’s Acre.

I have to say there isn’t any feeling quite like the one being hooked on a good series. The anticipation of what will happen next, and the excitement of knowing some of your favorite characters are coming back to dish up a great read. So when I finished Devil’s Acre, I was a little sad that the series was done. But also completely satisfied, because Riggs delivered a very good wrap up for his six book series (man, I love it when that happens!).

Ransom Riggs dished up a fun, exciting, and darkly twisted story that delighted and left me in shocked horror more than once. The best part was the absolute weirdness of his world. Some of the stuff he came up with was absolutely impossible, but he made it believable for his story, and that, I think, was his crowning achievement. He took weird (peculiar) and made it cool, fun, and causing me wish I was a little peculiar too.

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Special Offer: Discount for Journal Printables on Etsy

I have spent the last few months building up my content of journals, creating paperbacks on Amazon and printables of many of those journals on Etsy, and I am quite happy with the products I’ve created. But I’ve spent so much time in creating content, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time promoting.

While I plan to work on getting the word out through multiple avenues, one thing that would really help me would be reviews of my products. To help with that endeavor, I am also offering a 40 percent discount on all my printables on my Etsy shop.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this fantastic offer, here the current products available…

The Daily Self Care Journal…This guided journal has positive affirmations and daily writing prompts to help bring awareness to the self and what is needed to realize our best life.

There are six daily writing prompts, which are… I love myself enough to, I am letting go of, I am thankful for, I look forward to accomplishing, I feel good about, I have positive expectations about.

The 30 Day Journaling Challenge... This journal provides 30 unique writing prompts to get you started, helping you create a positive habit your future self will thank you for.

Are you up for the challenge?

A sample of some of the writing prompts: I love to think about, I feel good about myself when I, one of my favorite memories is, the thing I do that brings me the most joy is, and one of my favorite people to spend time with is.

I Feel Peaceful Because… This guided journal is dedicated to finding the feeling of peacefulness and other closely related emotions, which is a wonderful first step to cultivating a lasting sense of deep serenity.

Journaling prompts include the following… I feel peaceful because, I feel comfort because, I feel satisfaction because, I feel at ease because, I feel relief because, I feel relaxed because, I feel fulfilled because.

I Feel Appreciation For… This guided journal is a wonderful first step in that effort to gradually make this positive life change a regular habit.

Journaling prompts include the following… I feel appreciation for, I feel appreciation for this because, I will make more space for what I appreciate by, list of other things I appreciate.

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Guest Post: 5 Tips to Keep Writing Through Difficult Times

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By Rachel Weatherley

“Unbroken happiness is a bore: life should have ups and downs,” notes Richard, one of the protagonists of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. Paraphrasing Molière here, Richard is a writer working in 1960s Nigeria, frustrated by his inability to finish a manuscript during a time of major social upheaval. Faced with COVID-19 and its accompanying challenges, reading this passage reminded me that we should at least try to maintain some optimism at this time. Difficult times are an enduring feature of life, which we must embrace and adapt to the best we can.

Of course, this is no mean feat. In times of unprecedented personal and collective difficulty, turning away from the world to start writing a book can feel insular and indulgent. Even with the best intentions, adapting to new challenges, and keeping on top of day-to-day life, can distract us from the writing projects we would otherwise love to focus on. 

Preventing that temporary distraction from turning into long-term disillusionment is a task in itself—I hope the following tips can keep you engaged, focused and productive!

1. Reorganise and refresh your work space

As cafes and libraries close their doors, and I find myself staring at the same blank wall every day, Janet Jackson’s lyrics ring ever truer—you really don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. This new monotony hasn’t exactly been conducive to getting words on the page—but it did get me thinking about how I could adapt my environment to make it a more inspiring and energising workspace. 

Perhaps counterintuitively, I need a workplace with distraction. In my university room, I had a busy and colorful wall covered in all sorts of adornments: postcards, letters, photographs and posters—the more eclectic the better. This wall was the next best thing to a change of scenery: it reminded me of happier times, took me to faraway places, and often served as inspiration when I was stuck for ideas.

2. Consider work that will aid your writing 

Every writer worth their salt knows that a significant amount of research and thinking time goes into producing the shiny finished product. So if you’re suffering from a case of writer’s block, you can still make productive use of your time with the following tips:

• Scour blogs like Reddit, home to thousands of illuminating threads where people share anecdotes, experiences, feelings and opinions, ranging from the poignant to the hilarious.

• Call a friend and ask if they have any opinions or feelings about a certain subject. You could even work together and bounce ideas off each other.

• Watch documentaries and video clips that pad out the factual details and context of your work.

This will provide some respite from typing, and maybe even a spark of inspiration for the next stage of your story. Inspiration is found in the most unexpected of places—so get creative with your free time!

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New Release: I Feel At Ease Knowing… A Guided Journal

Here is the sixth book in the Journaling to Feel Good Series. This journal topic felt like a natural progression to the series. Yes, it’s similar to the first book I Feel Peaceful Because…, but I think this sixth addition takes peacefulness a step further.

When we invite ease into our life, that brings us to a whole new level of peace, because we feel more relaxed and everything has the potential to feel effortless, instead of difficult or a struggle. I think that’s how life is supposed to be. It’s supposed to be easy. It’s supposed to be fun. It’s supposed to be exciting and full of all the things we are passionate about.

Life gets hard when we think it has to be hard, but what if we flipped that script and believed in a life full of ease? Because doesn’t it feel good when we can feel true ease about something? And imagine having that feeling about everything, our whole life?

This journal can help make ease a more regular practice.

Here is the official book blurb…

Our emotions hold the key to a happy life. The better we feel, the better our life becomes around us. In life, we have learned many ways of not feeling well, but through consistently reaching for better feelings, we can rise above to something greater.

This guided journal is dedicated to finding the feeling of ease and other closely related emotions, which is a wonderful first step to cultivating a lasting life that is relaxed and deeply satisfied.

Journaling Prompts include the following… I feel at ease knowing, I feel relaxed when I, I feel satisfied because, I feel at peace doing, I feel relief having, I feel enjoyment because, I feel comfort thinking about.

Journal size is 6″ x 9″ with a glossy cover and cream colored pages inside.

Now available in Paperback and as a printable.

If you decide to give this journal try, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Etsy. Thank you in advance!