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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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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.

How to Add Amazon Associates Affiliate Links in Squarespace

One of the most popular affiliate programs is Amazon. Seriously, what can’t you buy on Amazon? I recently had to look through my orders in search of a model number and I’m too embarrassed to tell you how long it took me to find that order because I had placed so many orders since then. Target-less small town problems, right? But enough about my Amazon spending problem, let’s talk about using the Amazon affiliate program with Squarespace!

If you have a Squarespace blog, using Amazon Associates is easy and once it’s set up you can simply drop Amazon products into your posts to flow seamlessly with the rest of the post. This is maybe one of the coolest features in Squarespace if you use Amazon Associates.

February 2016 Income Report: $266.07 in Online Income

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 traffic and social media stats as well as goal tracking since those are important parts of the business and it’ll help me keep track as I move forward.

Please note: Due to pregnancy + maternity leave I put my business (mostly) on hold for about a year between October 2014 – October 2015. This is me basically starting over! Just thought I should clarify.

JOURNEY TO $5,000/MONTH

Tracking my income is part of my goal to make $5,000 per month by October of 2016. I recently made that a goal and gave myself a year to achieve it. Join me on my journey!

WHAT’S INCLUDED

I include all of my online business income and expenses from blogging, design, and any of my other business related income streams.

FEBRUARY INCOME

To be honest, I almost didn’t do an income report this month. I thought to myself that I made so little it wasn’t worth the effort and, to be honest, it’s a little embarrassing. But the point of these is for transparency, motivation and keeping track of my progress. I spent all month working on my course that launches in a few weeks.

10 Things I Waited Too Long To Do For My Business (& Blog) That You Need Implement Immediately

Tonight I’m sitting at my computer wondering what to write about because the blog post I had originally planned just wasn’t cutting it for me. I’ve committed myself to only write posts that will really help you with your business. And then as I ran through all the areas of blogging and business that I want to help you conquer I figured it out. How about I tell you about everything that I should have done a long time ago. Things that have changed my business for the better and would have grown my business much faster and more successfully had I implemented them months or years ago.

Now is your chance to learn from my mistakes because it took me a long time to not just realize these things, but to make them happen. The last few months I’ve seen so much growth from making changes that I knew in the back of my mind I needed to make, but didn’t know how. Or I was just in denial and wanted to do things my way, instead of the way that I knew was going to work for my business.

I am 100% certain that waiting to implement the changes I’m going to talk about below have caused my business to grow much slower, help less people and make less money. For real, don’t make the mistakes I made. Let’s talk about those mistakes…

How to Stop Being Too Busy (aka Stop Trying to Do Everything)

One of my major focuses this year is on simplifying and prioritizing my entire life. This also includes my business and blog life. I’m a bit of a serial entrepreneur, or a multi-passionate entrepreneur, whatever you want to call it: I have shiny object syndrome and a brain full of shiny objects. I’m quick to jump on the next exciting idea without really taking into consideration that anything extra that I take on will take away from something else. It’s just math. We all have 24 hours in a day. If I’m already pulling my hair out with a million things to do, maybe starting a new business isn’t the best idea. I know I’m not the only one!

Let’s talk about ways to cut back on our commitments and really focus on what needs our attention the most.

What are Your Non-Negotiables?

These are the things that you will cannot compromise. Even though most of us have a ton of commitments, there are usually a top few that are non-negotiable. For me that is family and staying home with my son. Those two things are things that I absolutely need to make time for no matter what. While “family” doesn’t have a set amount of time, I basically mean that I shouldn’t be working every waking moment and need to have some time to spend with my husband. As far as staying home with my son that cuts into the time I have for other things quite a bit because he’s still a baby and needs constant attention.

December 2015 Income Report | $637.97 in Online Income

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 traffic and social media stats as well as goal tracking since those are important parts of the business and it’ll help me keep track as I move forward.

Please note: Due to pregnancy + maternity leave I put my business (mostly) on hold for about a year between October 2014 – October 2015. This is me basically starting over! Just thought I should clarify.

JOURNEY TO $5,000/MONTH

Tracking my income is part of my goal to make $5,000 per month by October of 2016. I recently made that a goal and gave myself a year to achieve it. Join me on my journey!

WHAT’S INCLUDED

I include all of my online business income and expenses from blogging, design, and any of my other business income streams. The only income I don’t report are my Jamberry commissions (due to their policy to not share earnings) as well as any extra income I make selling items which I do regularly to simplify and declutter. All other sources of income and the related expenses will be shared here.

DECEMBER’S INCOME

I’m happy to report a significant increase in income again. I booked a design project and collected the deposit (50%) which was most of my income for the month. Other than that I did a few small orders with Fiverr while I had time. Google Adsense and Youtube Ads are very small amounts and I don’t see them increasing significantly in the near future. I may just combine these as “advertising” next month.

Income Report November 2015 | $183.67 (Plus Traffic & Goal Setting)

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 traffic and social media stats as well as goal tracking since those are pretty important parts of the business and it’ll help me keep track as we move forward.

Please note: Due to pregnancy + maternity leave I put my business (mostly) on hold for about a year between October 2014 – October 2015. This is me jumping back in with both feet! Just thought I should clarify.

JOURNEY TO $5,000/MONTH

Tracking my income is part of my goal to make $5,000 per month by October of 2016. I recently made that a goal and gave myself a year to achieve it. Join me on my journey!

What’s Included

I include all of my online business income and expenses from blogging, design, and any of my other business income streams. The only income I don’t report are my Jamberry commissions (due to their policy to not share earnings) as well as any extra income I make selling excess items which I do regularly to simplify and declutter. All other sources of income and the related expenses will be shared here.

NOVEMBER’S INCOME

As much as this is not enough to live off of, I’m looking on the bright side in that my income in November was more than 6 times what it was in October. Baby steps, right? It’s definitely not the most I’ve ever made, but like I mentioned before I’m working on some other income streams because right now my main source of income is design work which fluctuates like crazy and is pretty slow around the holidays.

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