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Linemen Rock Apparel Company

I created Linemen Rock, an apparel company for power linemen and their families, in late 2011 and launched in January 2012. Linemen Rock allows me to create apparel for a trade for which I have so much...
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14 Elf On The Shelf Ideas – Part 1

Are you looking for a little inspiration for your Elf on The Shelf this year? Here's my first blog about Elf on the Shelf ideas. I'll post again in the next week with enough ideas to finish the month...
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So, We’re Moving to California

I drafted this post when we were waiting for the moving company to show up to pack up our house and begin moving it across the country. Little did I know that in less than an hour I wouldn't have internet to...

2013 Super Bowl Commercial Winners

In an age when we DVR past commercials, most brands understand that a Super Bowl commercial spot will be watched by millions. It's their chance to be clever, capture attention, gain brand recognition, get...

Ohio Home & Garden Show 2013

With the help of Brennan's Plants, we were able to get our flower bed ready for winter. The Ohio Home and Garden Show will be February 23rd through March 3rd at the Ohio Expo Center. The annual event, held...

Is Freelancing the Next Revolution?

I will keep this answer short and sweet.... YES! According to Wikipedia's Industrial Revolution article... "The Industrial Revolution marks a major turning point in human history; almost every aspect of...

Trash The Dress

Trash The Dress has quickly become one of my favorite styles of photography, mostly because you can be daring and creative all at the same time. I had the pleasure of photographing these two girls a year ago...

Urban Farmhouse Interior Photo Shots

I had the opportunity to go to Urban Farmhouse sans kids, so I grabbed my camera expecting to be enchanted. I was. This interior is amazing. It's so clean and fresh and vintage and relaxing that I expected two...

Maybe You’re Onto Something

I have always believed that in order to be successful at any work at home business, you have to LOVE ALL of what you are doing. I have seen SO many people buy into cosmetics and candle businesses over the...

Hire My Mom Vs Elance

The most popular email question I receive these days is ... "Would you recommend Hire My Mom? What about Elance? Should I sign up for both?" I would love to tell you that Hire My Mom and Elance were equal,...

We Are Powerful Beyond Measure

Just a few words and minor edits away from having two books completely written and ready to publish and another three drafted I find myself hesitating. I don't know if I like having my ideas, thoughts and...

How to Monitor Your Online Reputation

As a freelancer or business owner, it's important to know what others are saying about you, your services, your products and more. Good, bad or ugly, people are talking about you, "checking in," posting...

The Importance of Setting Goals

It's the first of the month. In my world it's time to reflect on last month and prepare for this month. I don't care that it's Thursday. All I see is the next 31 days of the month coming at me and a number. A...

Finding A Hobby That Can Be Your Job

I am a HUGE fan and often preach that you should do what you love and make money with it. It's okay to be passionate about many things. Don't feel bad for that, ever! If your goal is to make a living doing...

Freelance Families 101

With more moms working from home doing freelance jobs, their families need to learn new ways to interact that respect mom’s work time. More time with your children is obviously a huge benefit to working from...
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How Do You Choose a Freelance Job?

When deciding which freelance jobs to accept, there are several factors that need to be considered. Our experts in freelance, work at home jobs have the following suggestions to help you decide which jobs are...
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Getting Started: Establishing Your Day

Our work at home experts want to help you have success in your freelance jobs. We want you to experience the freedom of being your own boss, working on the projects you choose, and having the flexibility to do...
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Can You Afford to Freelance

Going to work requires you to spend a lot of money. There are the costs of the car, gas, lunch, business clothes, and if you have children, the skyrocketing cost of daycare. Many moms have so little time away...
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Freelancing Freedom Defined

Like most moms, I have a college degree, but I still want to stay home and raise my kids. I enjoy working and need the money in order to support my family. However, I couldn’t figure out how to balance a...
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Is Freelancing for You?

You have heard all the talk about work at home jobs. You know about the benefits of working from home as a freelancer.  Does the thought of working from home and not having a commute sound like a dream come...
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When You Start Hating Your Passion

I woke up last week to find myself in an overwhelming funk. I didn't want to get out of bed. I didn't want to look at my email. I didn't want to turn on my phone. I just didn't. Somewhere between a sleepy two...

Kirch Engagement Photos – 2011

Soon to be Mr and Mrs Kirch, this cute couple was just a month away from saying their vows when these photos were taken. This is only a sample of the photos from this session, but as you can see here, their...

7 Rules For Your Home Office

I have worked from my home office for most of my career and over those years I have developed a good idea of how to have a home office successfully. 1. Pick a room in your house that is off of the beaten...

Ricky – Senior Photography

I have known Ricki since he was just learning to walk. When his mom called about doing his senior pictures, I couldn't say no. Ricky is really shy, but as you can see in these samples, he wasn't afraid to...

The Importance of Posting Your Resume

How many times have you submitted a proposal for a job and attempted to upload an attachment with your resume or offered to email them a copy once they sent you an email address where you could send it? How...

Be Diverse or Die

You've heard the phrase "Never put all of your eggs in one basket," yet so many freelancers are doing it. While focusing on one mode of income, one client, one niche, one service may seem like a great way to...

Making a Living as a Freelance Writer

Freelance writing is nothing new, but with the internet becoming the number one resource for information, the demand for writers continues to grow. Businesses, information farms and more utilize writers to...
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So, You Can’t Get a Freelance Job?

Looking through my stats I see that most of the people coming to this website are looking for templates for proposals or search for "never got a job on Elance" and I realized that this is either an epidemic or...

Are you good enough to go agency?

Let's face it. You can only make so much in the hours you have in a day. Granted, you might be charging $300 an hour for your time ($300x40x52 = $624,000/year) but chances are you won't fill those hours with...
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Top 7 iPhone Apps for Freelancers

Managing Clients and Work: Hootsuite: If you're a social media manager or managing your own social media accounts, Hootsuite is the app to have. Many others recommend TweetDeck, but I have personally tested...

Do Freelancers Really Earn a Living

I recently encountered a bitter woman who practically cornered me about freelancing and working from home. I'm not sure if she wanted to know if I really made money or if she was attempting to make herself...

A Review of HireMyMom.com

I know you are expecting me to post a rave review for HireMyMom.com because the press seems to be eating it up. Actually, I would beg to offer that the press are eating up what they are served. I expect that...

Women Internet Entrepreneurs Overlooked

Now, I know that I should be cheering that the once all-male panel has finally included a woman, but the problem is this... all of the men on the panel OWN or have started successful websites or businesses. The female on the panel writes for one, or should I say USE to write for one.

5 Networking Tips to Make Sure You Always Go Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Or, How to Make Sure You’re Not THAT Business That Everyone Forgets the Morning After)

When you're the popular kid that everyone remembers, networking events are a great way to expand your professional network. When you're THAT guy that everyone forgets the next day, they're a colossal waste of time. None of us ever mean to be the social reject standing in the corner at a huge networking event munching on canapés and counting the minutes until it’s time to leave. It just sort of happens. The good news is, with a little bit of social savvy, some key networking skills and yes, a healthy sense of humor, you can make sure it never has to happen to you!

How to Lose Fans on Facebook

I recently added myself to a Facebook fan page and quickly realized that despite my enjoyment of their product, all they ever did was tell me to suggest their page to family and friends. Honestly, how many...

The Truth About Work-at-Home MLMs, Affiliate Marketing and Business Opportunities that are Too Good to be True

Actually walking out and starting your own business can be scary. You’re going to stumble, you’re going to fall, and yes, sometimes you are going to fail. But somewhere in the process you’re going to discover the true joy of branching out on your own-the joy of being able to make a living doing something you love instead of working your fingers to the bone trying to take part in a pre-existing business persona that has the 80/20 rule down to the proverbial “T” and is never going to yield the kind of returns you deserve.

Unique Content, Unique Services

Now, if you go to a website and you see they are offering a service and like the way the copy reads, then by all means, rewrite it in a similar fashion for your site, but never, ever just copy and paste it. We learned this in college, right?

How to Build a Website for Free

First, let me say right from the start.... NOTHING IS FREE! I know that you came here hoping to learn how to build a website for free, there are actually so many people searching for this topic, that I felt...

Work at Home Stereotype – Part 2

When Supernanny did a show based on a mom that worked from home and neglected her kids, the stereotype that work at home moms and dads neglect their kids in order to work was fueled. Couple this stereotype...

Work At Home Stereotype – Part 1

This is almost laughable. Once again I have encountered people in my life that feel that there is no way I am making any money from home. I will tell you that I don't consider real money to be 3k, 20k, etc....

Deperate Work At Home Mom (or Dad) Disease

If you are PAYING some website to be a part of the crew. If you are taking advice from other moms who you know damn well have made no real money, but they want you to join their downline and sell some cosmetics. If you think that joining a group of mom networks that haven't even taken the time to migrate to social media is going to help you build a profitable business, I have two words for you Ms. Desperate Work At Home Mom

How to Win Jobs on Elance.com

It has been two months since I received this proposal and she still has not gotten a SINGLE project. I hope you can see why! The problem with this is that she didn't give anyone anything to go on. She left me to assume that she had what it took and then when she never got any jobs she didn't change her game plan.