Nowadays, EVERYONE talks about the importance of collecting email addresses and building your email list if you have your own business.
Should you have a mailing list for your freelance business? Find out how to decide whether an email list is right for YOU and your business in this article (plus get a FREE cheat sheet featuring additional tips for setting up your email list!)

But there are two things people don’t really discuss when it comes to having a mailing list:

  1. WHAT exactly you should include in your mailing list (which you can find out the answer to by clicking HERE)
  2. WHO exactly should have a mailing list—which is what we’re going to talk about today!

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Hey friends! What happens when your blog + biz start to change directions? You go with it! In this article, I share the new blog direction I'm taking and how my blog and business are now geared specifically towards young professional women who want to attain work-life balance and start their home-based businesses. Click on over to check it out!

I am going on holiday next week to spend time with family and explore Montreal. And I’ve decided to take the week off of blogging, too, instead of scheduling posts in advance!

If you’re a regular/long-time reader of, you may have noticed a few changes here and there on this website—including a change to the blog posting schedule.

That’s because I’m doing a little bit of shifting of the direction for

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Thinking about starting a freelance business… but not sure if it’s quite right for you, or if you’re ready to quit your 9 to 5 job? Thinking about starting your own work-from-home business... but not sure if it's right for you? Wondering if you're ready to say "goodbye" to your 9 to 5 job? Find out the 5 signs you should quit your job in this article! Plus get a cheat sheet for how to prepare to work from home full-time

Grab your checklist for preparing to work from home full-time

Here are 5 signs that it’s finally time to quit your day job and be your own boss:
1) Your most productive hours don’t necessarily adhere to a traditional 9 to 5 work schedule. 
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EDITED TO NOTE: This e-course has since been archived, however the material can still be accessed in new & improved, expanded versions inside more recent freelancer programs I’ve created in the School

Wondering if the 7-week Set Yourself Up For Freelancing Success e-course is right for you? It is an AWESOME online program that will help you if you have any questions about how to start freelancing,

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One of my dear blog friends contacted me a last week to inquire if she could use my blog newsletter welcome email as a template for her own, because she loved it so much. Of course I said yes—and since I see questions ALL THE TIME about what to send your email subscribers, I figured I’d provide you with a handy template to use for your own blog newsletter welcome email! Get tips (plus a template!) for how to create a welcome email that WORKS for your new newsletter subscribers -- email marketing tips for bloggers, small business owners, freelancers & more. Click on over to get the blog newsletter welcome email tips & template now!

CLICK HERE to grab the free blog newsletter welcome email template >>

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Today I thought I’d share with you a sneak preview of what you’ll get inside the Goodbye 9 to 5 masterclass: 4 tips for creating your plan of action when preparing to work from home full-time! Thinking about quitting your day job and starting to work from home full-time? Get 4 tips for how to map out your plan of action PLUS a 10-point checklist for preparing to work from home full-time in this blog post featuring a sneak preview of the Goodbye 9 to 5 masterclass. Click on over to get the goods! ::: home-based business :: small business tips ::

Grab your checklist for preparing to work from home full-time

The Goodbye 9 to 5 masterclass teaches you step-by-step how to quit your day job and transition from your 9 to 5 office job into working from home full-time,

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Confidence issues can be killer—especially in the world of business!

Something I hear again and again from people is that they haven’t taken the leap to do XYZ (usually things like pitching their services to clients, quitting their day jobs, and asking for a raise) because they don’t feel confident in themselves or their ability.

Sound like you?

You need to use some confidence-boosting strategies!

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Here are 3 steps to boosting your confidence in business:
1) Get more experience.
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Want to manage your own business and work from home full-time? That’s awesome! Want to start your work-from-home business? Get started WITHOUT spending huge amounts of money! These are the 5 big tools you need to start your successful home-based business. Click on over to find out what you need to be a successful small business owner today! ::: small business tips :: work from home life

In order to set yourself up for success, you’ve got to have the right tools and systems in place.

Grab your cheat sheet for the top 5 things you need to do BEFORE you quit your office job >>

Here are the 5 tools you need to start your work-from-home business—and you can do it all for under $1,000 (not bad for getting started with your very own business):

    • Your own computer (preferably a laptop).

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I didn’t always know I wanted to be a small business owner. In fact, 10 years ago I never would have thought that this is where I’d be today. In this article, I share my freelancing story and how it took me 6 years to become a successful freelancer... PLUS how you can achieve freelancing success a whole lot quicker! Click on over to get the story & find out what you can do to set yourself up for freelancing success ::: freelance tips ::: freelancing tips ::: freelance life

It’s been an amazing and wonderful experience, and I’ve learned SO MUCH along the way. If you’ve been reading this blog since the beginning, then you’ll know some of the story… but since I highly doubt that most of you have actually read every single blog post since I first started blogging in February 2008 ;),

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When I first started blogging, I didn’t invest in my blog much at all. It took me a couple years before I even bought my own domain name! Not sure what to invest in for your blog? Find out the top 7 BEST investments for your blog if you want to go pro with it... plus 5 free resources! Become a professional blogger in no time with these useful tools + resources. Click on over to find out what they are + how to get them now!

If you’re a hobby blogger, then you don’t have to worry about spending ANY money on your blog. But if you want to become a professional blogger and start monetizing your blog, then it’s a smart idea to invest in it.

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There are so many questions I get from new and struggling freelancers every day, but one of the most common is, “how can I find clients?” Find out how to get clients for your freelance business in this step-by-step guide! You'll get a week-long day-by-day breakdown of what tasks to do to build relationships with potential clients and turn them into paying clients. Click on over to get the freelance tips + start working with clients now!

Finding freelance clients—particularly that first client—is a big step. It’s such a challenge to get your first few clients: most clients don’t want to hire you unless you have experience, but you can only get experience in your industry if you have clients!

You know you need to get your first client so you can start building your portfolio… but how do you go about doing it?

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Freelancing seems awesome and, let’s be honest, it IS awesome. Working whatever hours you want, wherever in the world you want; choosing super fun projects to work on; being your own boss… I love it. But if you want to be a freelancer, there are some VERY important hard truths about freelancing that no one ever really talks about. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, after all! Ready to learn the truth about freelancing? Discover what you NEED to know about freelancing before you get into it! These freelancing tips are exactly what you need to be a better freelancer + to be better prepared for your freelancing career. Visit the article to find out the truth about freelancing now!

The very first time I began freelancing,

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Working from home is one of my most favorite of things! It’s not for everybody, but if it’s right for YOU, it can be an absolutely amazing experience.

After you’ve overcome the challenge of figuring out whether working from home is something that’s a good fit for you, however, you have a whole new challenge to overcome: transitioning out of your 9—5 office job and into working from home full-time!

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Last week during the #CreativeCoffeeHour Twitter chat, one of the questions that came up was around what we can do to manage emotional burnout in creative work. I mentioned the importance of assessing WHY we feel burned out, and instantly had others asking me for tips on how to understand the “why” of burnout. It was too big of a topic to get into over Twitter, so I decided to share my answer here! Learn 5 tips to assess your burnout levels in this burnout assessment article! Burnout is a big problem for many freelancers + small business owners. Beat the burnout cycle by doing a burnout assessment! Find out how to do it in this step-by-step burnout assessment article.

Grab your free business checklist now >>

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*Everyone* tells bloggers that they need to have a newsletter or some kind of email marketing* going on if they want to go pro with their blogs.

Get blog newsletter ideas in this article featuring tips on what to include in your blog newsletter! These blog newsletter tips will help you figure out what to send people once you've got them on your list. It's not enough to just collect email addresses -- you have to actually make use of them! Click on over for the blogging tips + email list tips now.

It makes sense—after all, once you have someone’s email address, you’ve been given access to connecting with them on a one-on-one basis (and if you pay attention to the analytics of your email marketing platform, you can also get a lot of insight into what they are most interested in,

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