Last week, I published an episode on the Indie Author Weekly podcast, sharing 10 self-editing tips for editing your own work when you’re a book author.

The good news? These tips can apply to your business, regardless of whether you’re a freelancer or author! Every type of solopreneur can benefit from editing their work. You can use these tips for your own internal business projects (e.g. social media posts, blog posts, newsletters, website copy, etc.), for any type of client work you do, or, of course, for self-editing your own books, if you are an author.

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Have you ever wondered what life is like as an author? Are you curious about what goes on behind the scenes to write and publish books? You are in for a treat! I’m now sharing weekly sneak peeks of the behind-the-scenes life as a self-published writer with the  indie author podcast!

For several years now, I’ve had a weekly behind-the-scenes newsletter for freelancers that I send out every Saturday. I share lessons I’ve learned that week in my business, or tips and inspiration for being more productive and handling a solo business.

So when I started writing romance novels last summer,

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You want to quit your job and work from home full-time. But… where do you even begin?

This is something I hear again and again from new and aspiring freelancers. I’ve been there, too, and believe me, I understand how hard and overwhelming it all is. That’s why I thought it was about time I create a step-by-step guide to quit your day job… so you can finally work from home full-time!

Here’s your 12-step guide for what you need to know on how to prepare to be a full-time home-based business owner… and say “goodbye” to your 9 to 5 life: 

Step 1: Identify what you want to do and the type of business you’ll have

It might seem like a simple enough question to answer,

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Whether you’re a freelance writer or a book author, we all tend to struggle to get the words on the page at some point or another. There’s no doubt that it can be difficult to figure out how to overcome writer’s block when it crops up.

But luckily, it’s not the end of the world! There are a variety of ways you can overcome writer’s block, regardless of the type of writing that you do.

I’ve had multiple conversations over the years with various people—friends, other freelancers, clients—who have a misconception that because I write for a living (and because I’ve been doing this for the past decade),

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In summer 2017, I began taking burlesque fusion dance classes on a weekly basis (and pretty soon I increased it to twice a week). Since then, I’ve performed on stage three times… and I love it. It is hands-down one of my favourite things to do! As I was preparing for our most recent live performance this past December, I started thinking about what dance class can teach us about business.

Here’s what I’ve learned:
1. Practicing a lot helps you make mistakes ahead of time

The more you practice, the more kinks you can work out.

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December is a time for reflection and planning ahead, don’t you think? And since this year was a doozie for my business, I’ve been think a lot about what did—and what didn’t—work for it over the past year.

I want to preface this by noting that even when things don’t work out the way we’d like, they still give us an opportunity to learn from them and do better in the future. In fact, it’s when things don’t work out as planned that we sometimes learn and grow the most!

There is a great deal of value in looking at the things that don’t work for us as an opportunity and learning experience and space for growth.

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Guess what? You can now get a book version of our Begin Your Biz Challenge!

Cue confetti and streamers.

I’m so delighted to be able to share this little volume with you. I’ve hosted the Begin Your Biz Challenge for two years and it just felt like the right time to turn some of our most popular monthly themes into a book.

This book, Begin Your Biz in 15 Minutes/Day: Your Freelancing Tips Starter Kit, includes a year’s worth of daily 15-minute action steps you can take for your business.

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In mid-July this year, my business partner Dan “broke up” with me, for lack of a better term. He realized that he no longer wants to be a business owner and that he was more interested in the benefits of working from home/being one’s own boss, rather than the actual reality of it.

Fair enough. So we amicably agreed to go our separate ways.

The last few months have been pretty tough. As much as we’re still friends, and as much as I understand where he’s coming from, and as much as I think this a really good thing for both of us,

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Back in July (right around the time that my business partner broke up with me), I made a drastic change: I decided to finally take action on something I’d always wanted to do but had never prioritized. I decided to write romance novellas. And since I began writing those books, I’ve had a lot of questions about what my writing process is like! So I wanted to share my romance novel writing process with you today.

But first, a little background…

Why the interest in writing books?

Writing books has basically been my dream since I was a little kid.

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So you want to challenge yourself and grow your business. Awesome! But before you dive right in, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing it in a smart way… and that means focusing on small business growth strategies.

You KNOW that I’m big on strategy and action-oriented planning prior to implementation. After all, if you don’t take the time to create a concrete strategy, then you might make choices that aren’t right for your business. Taking action without planning can be just as problematic as planning without taking action.

Before we get to the list of ideas for small business growth strategies (which I’m excited to share with you!),

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