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25 Nov 15

Shanna Trenholm: Taking The LeapShanna Trenholm is a writer, brand visionary and creative catalyst who helps businesses and creative entrepreneurs find their voice, communicate their message to their adoring fans (or future fans), and build the satisfying life and work they dream of. Today, she’s taking us behind the scenes of what it was like taking the leap into self-employment.

Where it all began

I was working a full-time job (as Director of Development for a nonprofit literacy organization) where I was required to fundraise through grant writing. I had to learn the ropes of this particular form of writing on the job. I had been writing since I could remember (it was always my first interest and love) so I took to grant writing with ease.

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18 Nov 15

Guest post from You Inspire Me’s Tech Ninja, Daniel James Paterson.

Woman on computer - aiming for website tech profitability?Here’s to the internet! The solution to – and cause of – all of life’s problems.

No doubt Homer Simpson would approve of his illuminating quip being updated for the digital age – online tech is both the beautiful emancipation and evil nemesis of many a self-employed warrior.

I’m Daniel, resident Tech Ninja, and today I’m distilling how we navigated the rock-and-roll tech years from first website to solid profitability.

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11 Nov 15

Wouldn’t it be lovely if we never failed?

We had an idea, we acted upon it, and all worked out perfectly.

As we’re all too aware, life doesn’t work that way and the older we get, the more failures we accumulate.

But while it might factually be true that we failed to achieve our desired outcome, the story we tell about that failure is what affects our emotions and our ability to be in action and move forward.

Just a few of my many failures

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04 Nov 15

His email said this:

“I understand what you’re saying about not being attached to thoughts and questioning them; it makes sense when we’re dealing with people.

But when it comes to money, it’s different. We need money. We can’t walk around thinking that money doesn’t matter – we’d lose our homes, we’d be out on the street.

I’m paying out for a lot of things at this stage of my business and I’m not earning a lot, so more than ever I feel the pinch around money and that I really need more of it.

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28 Oct 15

Mark Silver Taking The LeapMark Silver is the founder of Heart of Business, Inc. Since 1999 he’s helped thousands of people in small business fully integrate their heart, integrity and spirituality into effective business practices. Today, he’s taking us behind the scenes of what it was like taking the leap into self-employment.

Needing to go it alone

When I started out, I was working part-time as the office manager for another coach and coaching a few clients within her business. I realized I needed to go out on my own.

As soon as I did, I believe 4 clients came in, all happy that I was no longer working with the other coach. At that point, I felt a surge of, “Wow! This can work!”

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