5 Things I Wasn’t Prepared for When I Started My Business

Okay—it’s official. I suck at Blogmas. But I’m back today with a great, informative post for any aspiring entrepreneurs like myself! If you’re looking to start an online business like I did, make sure you have these things in order before you start:

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Quarterly Business Goals: 4th Quarter 2016/1st Quarter 2017

Hello all! Many of you may already know that I launched my very own freelance editing business last week, and I am thrilled to say the least (and super proud of my brand spankin’ new business website—check it out if you haven’t seen it yet!). I already have several clients up my sleeve and I’m ready to grow this business into everything I imagine it to be.

In an attempt to hold myself accountable for my entrepreneurial goals, I’m taking a hint from one of my favorite YouTubers, Jenna Moreci, and posting my goals on the internet for everyone to see. My plan is to share my list of new goals at the beginning of each quarter, while also going over my old goals from the previous quarter so that I am publicly humiliated if I don’t reach them (public humiliation is the best punishment, in my dad’s opinion).

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Watch: 5 Quick & Easy Tips to Improve Your Writing

Hello all! Finals are finally over, meaning that Blogmas is going to get right back on schedule!

My hope with this video is to help even people who aren’t writers become better at written communication—especially since it’s important for every career field!

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How to Prepare to Attend a Conference

Hi all! I’m blogging from Atlanta right now at this year’s College Media Association conference (which I am so thankful to my university for paying for me to attend!), and it’s been wonderful seeing so many other college bloggers, journalists, writers, and photographers all in one place.

This is by no means the first conference I have attended during my undergraduate experience—I’ve been to the Virginia Music Educators’ Association (VMEA) conference in Norfolk, Va., and the International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) at James Madison University—but this was the furthest from my hometown (and my first ever experience on a commercial plane!). It took a lot of preparation to get ready for this extensive trip, and I know it can be totally daunting to someone who has never been to a conference before. That’s why I’m here to help!

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Book Review: “From Receptionist To Boss” by Nicole Smartt

“The chapters in this book are a blueprint of how I went from receptionist to business owner in less than seven years and how you can too. Read it. Own it. Take action.”
Nicole Smartt, From Receptionist to Boss: Real-Life Advice for Getting Ahead at Work

With cute, quirky headings and a blog-esque writing style, it’s no wonder this memoir-slash-career prep book became an Amazon bestseller. It’s a quick read (it only took me about an hour to get through the whole thing), but it’s full of information and an inspirational story. It’s kind of like reading all of the pins on your Career-Prep Pinterest board all at once—it’s full of real-life advice, and Nicole’s story is total motivation to get out there and start working on your career ASAP!

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9 Productivity Tools You Must Have On Your Home Office or Study Desk

Whether you’re a work-at-home mom who’s looking for a little more organization in your life, or a college student looking to be a little more productive when not in the library, these are the most vital at-home desk essentials for productive study sessions and effective work habits.

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Technology Isn’t Ruining Our Lives, It’s Enhancing Them

Technology is often accused of ruining our lives by tearing apart relationships and causing the decline of social interaction. People flash dirty looks when they see students’ eyes on phones in classrooms, conferences, and generally anywhere in public. With cell phones in our pockets, portable laptops, and even tablets, it seems that the world has become overrun with technology — but is it really all that bad?

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5 Pieces of Advice for Networking as an Introvert

Networking is one of the most vital parts of breaking into an industry. Making connections can help you get (and keep) jobs, grow your start-up, or move up in your current company. It can boost your corporate worth and offer you many more opportunities than you could have imagined…

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When Opportunity Knocks, Make Sure You Answer the Door

Does your college major determine your future career path? Not always. Consider all job opportunities, even if they’re in another field.

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5 Ways to Further Your Career Without Giving Up Your Summer

Summer-long internships and jobs are great for gaining professional experience while in college, but sometimes it isn’t feasible to give up your entire summer to career-building. Make the most of your summer with these low-commitment resume builders.

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