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I’m Aileen! A mother, entrepreneur and advocate for living a meaningful life. One of the ways I do that is to earn an income from home working for myself. And I want to help you do the same!

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How to backup photos so they’re safe

How to backup photos so they’re safe

Digital photos are the standard these days. How many people actually print out their photos? Not many. I know I hoard photos on my iPhone and the thought of losing them if my phone or computer malfunction or get lost makes my stomach turn. That’s why I’m going to...

March 2017 Online Income Report

March 2017 Online Income Report

Welcome to my online business income report! I love reading the income reports of other bloggers and wanted to start sharing mine as a way to be transparent, as well as motivate myself (and hopefully others!) to create a successful business. I'm excited to keep track...

6 Ways I’ve Made Money as a Stay At Home Mom

6 Ways I’ve Made Money as a Stay At Home Mom

I’ve been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid I would fill notebooks with business ideas and probably highly inaccurate calculations of how much money I would make. I still do this. One business was a dog poop clean up business called The...

September 2016 Online Income Report

September 2016 Online Income Report

Welcome to my online business income report! I love reading the income reports of other bloggers and wanted to start sharing mine as a way to be transparent, as well as motivate myself (and hopefully others!) to create a successful business. I’ll also be including my...

How to Use Leadpage Leadboxes with Squarespace [VIDEO]

How to Use Leadpage Leadboxes with Squarespace [VIDEO]

Over the last few months I’ve fallen completely in love with Squarespace and Leadpages! I use leadboxes in every post where there’s a free download. If you’re using Squarespace and Leadpages, but don’t quite have a grasp on how to put them together seamlessly this tutorial is for you! I’m going to teach you how to quickly integrate Leadpages Leadboxes in to Squarespace so the boxes pop up right over your website when your reader clicks on a button or image.

If you like getting your tech tutorial in video because it’s easier to see each step, you’re in luck! I recorded this quick 6 minute video for you that walks you through the three ways to integrate Leadboxes in Squarespace. 

How to Use Paypal to Send Clients Professional Invoices

How to Use Paypal to Send Clients Professional Invoices

When I started as a freelance designer in 2012 I’m going to be honest, I basically gave away my blog designs and I started on Etsy. As my portfolio grew, my rates went up and I moved to my own site and stopped selling my services on Etsy. When that time came I had to find a new way to invoice clients on my own. Paypal was the first payment system I used to invoice my clients. It was something I had used for years from buying and selling online, I already had an account and I was just comfortable with it.

Then over the course of the last few years I strayed. I tried several different ways to collect payments like Freshbooks (love) and Wave (don’t love) and a few others that I can’t remember off the top of my head. But recently I came back to my tried and true method: Paypal. Truth be told, I don’t invoice clients a lot these days. I’m working on diversifying my income and moving away from doing design work for clients so I decided it was silly to pay a monthly fee when I could do it straight from Paypal with just the transaction fee (that every payment processor will charge you).

If you haven’t tried Paypal for invoicing yet, do it! It’s simple. It’s free of a monthly subscription fee. People know the name and trust it.

13 Things You Need To Do To Make Your Business Look Legit

13 Things You Need To Do To Make Your Business Look Legit

If you’re just starting out with your business or you’ve been in business for years you need to make sure that your business looks, feels, oozes trustworthiness (is that technically a word?). With online business people can be hesitant because they don’t know you, they can’t see you, and it feels like you could just run away with their money. So making sure that your business looks professional and trustworthy is ridiculously important.

Hold up. Before you start thinking that I’m about to make you spend hundreds of dollars let me tell you that you’re wrong, my friend. Note that making your business look legit doesn’t have to mean multiple thousand dollar website designs, expensive software or anything fancy. The tips below cost you little to nothing and can boost your biz cred instantly.

Exactly How I Planned My First Webinar (plus a FREE Webinar Prep Kit)

Exactly How I Planned My First Webinar (plus a FREE Webinar Prep Kit)

Warning, I’m about to get really vulnerable. None of that fake it ‘til you make it bullshit. I’m sharing my real experience and results from my first webinar which is vastly different from a lot of the testimonials you’ll see floating around.

After blogging for years I wanted to find a way to connect with my audience more, something more personal, more fun and easier to consume. Several of the biz babes I admire were really getting into live webinars and I knew that it was something I wanted to try, especially since I was working on a digital product and wanted a way to get it in front of people. So I decided to jump in and do my first live webinar. Side note: Simply deciding to do it was a bit step for me. I was one of those people who basically wanted to drop out of college just because of the required speech class. I’m not a public speaker, but I knew this would be one of the biggest steps I could take to change my business.

HOW I PLANNED

The very first thing I did was set a date. I wrote it in my calendar for a few weeks in the future, in pen, so that it would be harder to back out and I had an end date to plan around. Then I got to work on a topic. I knew I wanted to teach something where people would walk away from the workshop with something tangible, not necessarily just a few pages of notes. Since I was working on my course, Minimalist Blogging, and one of the sections covers filling up your editorial calendar, I picked that as the topic for the workshop.

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