What Does Dinner Have to Do with Making Money?

I Bet You Want An Answer to That Question!

First of all, Happy New Year! I know that I sort of fell off the radar for the past week or so, but now I have so much to share with all of you.

Christmas was a blast, we had all the kids home, feasted, played games, and just spent quality time together. I hope your was equally as good.

I wrote a check this morning and had the first experience of writing 2011. It hit me  that it is time to set the agenda for the year, and one of the top of the list priorities is to build my business. I imagine many of you can relate to that. Oh sure, I have to lose those pesky pounds that arrived with all the Holiday goodies, but that’s managable.

I was thinking what one key thing would help me accomplish that priority. The best answer I came up with is to add a few hours to the day. If only I could do that, people would be knocking down my door to discover my secret.

I have often thought that if I did not have to waste time sleeping and eating, I would have so much more time in my day. Unfortunately, I enjoy both of those things, so forget that idea. I don’t know if maybe all the traveling I did over the holidays affected my brain, but I couldn’t get that thought out of my head.

Then it hit me, sleeping is non negotiable, but eating offers some real possibilities. I don’t know about you, but a dreaded question I face daily is what to fix for dinner. In the past I have vowed to plan a menu and follow it, but that usually does not last long.

It isn’t that it does not work, somehow I just get distracted and then go back to the “oh no, it’s 4:00pm, what should I fix for supper”. I have to tell you that hamburger has become the default entree in our house because it is flexible and fast.

Then it dawned on me how I could remedy that problem for myself, and you too. If I would commit publicly to planning and sharing my menu, I would have to do it, no excuses. So, here is my idea. I will plan a weekly menu and post it for all of you. I will even share the recipes, and that will be a trick since I am sort of  a pinch of this sort of gal. Who knows, I may even throw in some of the commentary from our dinner table. I have to tell you, my kids are a tough audience.

To answer the question from the title, if we plan our work and work our plan ie make a dinner menu and follow it, we can all save a considerable amount of time, therefore devote more effort to growing our businesses. I will run now and get busy on that menu. Let me know what you think, hey, if you have menu ideas or recipes you would love to share with us, I’d love to hear from you!

Tools That Will Grow Your Business in 2011!

I’m a Bargain Hunter.

I don’t know about you, but as a mom of twelve children, I have spent my life stretching our dollars by finding great sales. I have developed a sixth sense that helps me find bargains. When I find them, I love to share them with others to save them some leg work.

Well, as a business owner, I have done the same thing. When I found a great sale, I would stock up. I have spent 2010 learning a lot, and to do that I had to find the resources that contained the information I needed.

What I found is that there are plenty of people out there offering the latest greatest way to do just about everything. I am a work at home mom, and I  like to study and learn from home as well. Let me tell you, in 2010 I hit the jackpot when it comes to great resources.

It is the time of year when we are all thinking about sharing, and I was impressed that the creators of some of my favorite learning tools have
decided to offer some great year end sales. These sales end at the end
of the month, and next year there are price increases on many of them.

Deals for you to check out

I just want to take a minute to let you know about a couple of them so that you can get great deals on tools that will help you grow your business in 2011. You don’t have to spend all the time it took me to find them,  check them out to see  if any of them are the solution you need for your business.

  • I will start with the basics. I have talked a lot about starting your own blog. I know for a fact that is good advice, but if you are like me, you might wonder just what you can blog about. Then I heard about Lynette Chandlers site called Blog Energizer. She covers all the tricks of the trade for bloggers there, and offers inspiration and “how to” info there that will get your started on the right track
  • Sometimes I have drawn a blank when it comes to writing. If you are a blogger, that can hurt your business. The good news is that there are tools to get you through writers block. You can use PLR (Private Label Rights) to add great content to your website. the content is ready for your edits and you are done in minutes
  • I don’t want to overwhelm you, but I saved the best for last. I have been working with Kelly McCausey this year, and right now, she has one of the most amazing products at an unbelievable price. She is offering all the products she has ever created or will create. In addition to that, it includes 12 coaching sessions with her. Till the
    end of the year, she has added an unbelievable bonus. She threw in ten  hours of web design work! check out all the details here.

I hope that you save some money on these great services. I have all these on my list of things to put my business on the right track in 2011. I know and trust the quality of the products and services I recommend to you. I just want everyone to know that sometimes the links I provide are affiliate links, but I want to assure you that I only recommend things I know work.

A Free Organizational Tool for 2011!

Something Must Have Happened

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The New Year is Right Around the Corner

Are you ready for the new year? The real question is your business ready for the new year? One of the challenges we all seem to have is organization. I use a calender to help me with that.

My friend Lynette Chandler sent me something that I could give to all of you
as a gift. The best part is that it is free. Thanks Lynette. She is giving us a free download planning calender for your business to help get us off on the right foot in the coming year.

I claimed my copy, so I suggest you get one while they are still available.

2011 Blogging Planner and Calendar