Tips From T. Marie

3 Tiny Habits That Can Shift Your Home Business Into a Growth Mindset

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In the worlds of psychology and business, you’ll often hear the terms ‘growth mindset’ and ‘fixed mindset’.

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Starting a Work From Home Micro-Business has Different Rules & Requirements

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On September 7 th , 2021 I will have run a work from home business for 14 years successfully. Over that time, I’ve discovered that although my little one-woman show gets categorized as a small business, that moniker doesn’t always fit or benefit my home office operation.

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Facebook is Down! This is Why Your Business Should Never Rely On Social Media

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Back in 2015 I wrote an article about using a social media page as your website. Today Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down. In fact, they are still offline as I write this article. I can’t help but wonder how many businesses are in a panic because they use a Facebook page as their website.

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3 Mindsets That Sabotage Your Dream to Work From Home

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Do you still have work from home dreams of a lifestyle you’d love to attain or a home business you’d like to start? Do you remember how to dream big like our kids do?

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What’s Stopping You From Starting a Work From Home Business?

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I often tell the story of how I started my business. From getting a pink slip to the fear of ending up homeless, it seems to resonate with folks. But I don’t often share the fact that looking back I really wish I’d been brave enough to start my business before I was forced to due to that pink slip.

2021 215

Why This is the Perfect Time to Say Goodbye to Your Boss

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The pandemic taught us a lot of things. Some good, some not so good. One important thing that lockdowns and quarantines taught us is that just because business has always been done a certain way doesn’t mean it’s because it’s the best way.

2021 214

How To Make Traditional Business Cards Work For You In The Digital Age.

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Purchasing traditional business cards used to be one of the first official things you did when you started your own business. Today, with everything from file storage to forms being offered electronically, many business startups are abandoning the traditional business card altogether.

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We Should View These Lessons As A Gift From 2020

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Well, here we are again. At the end of another year. Normally I’d be writing about yearly accomplishments and setting goals for the new year. But 2020 has been as far from a normal year as you can get. So, there will be no ‘normal’ year end post.

2020 182

Side Gig Ideas to Supplement Your Home Business during the Pandemic

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Has the current pandemic had an adverse effect on your home business income? Even though self-employed individuals are now eligible for unemployment via the pandemic unemployment assistance program, it may not be a fit for everyone.

2020 214

Customize Your Zoom Background for Your Home Business

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It seems like everyone is using Zoom for video conferencing during this time of social distancing due to Covid-19. Students and teachers are using it for learning.

2020 199

Working from Home Q & A: Facebook Live Replay

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Dealing with a pandemic can make you feel pretty helpless. I’ve found a great way to feel a little less helpless is to make myself helpful. That’s why I finally decided to take the plunge into Facebook Live. This was a big decision for me.

2020 195

Working from Home Flip-Side in Covid-19 Shutdown

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Anyone who follows me here on the blog or on social media knows that I have been working from home for 13 years. For 10 of those, I’ve had a focus on assisting other businesses with online technology.

2020 185

Will the Pandemic Destroy Small Businesses?

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Here in the State of Maine, as in much of the country, a vocal group of people are demanding our state open for business. They claim that the shutdown is going to kill small Maine businesses.

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January WordSearch

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Your Home Business: Is It Business As Usual in the Midst of COVID-19 Social Distancing?

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Those of us who already own a home-based business are lucky. We already know the ins and outs of working from home. We use online technology like Zoom to conduct business meetings regularly and accessing files from cloud storage like Dropbox is old hat.

2020 158

How Does Working from Home…well…Work?- Responding to COVID-19

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If you’ve always been an employee or worked in a traditional office setting, it can often be difficult to wrap your head around the concept of working from home. For some, it conjures images of sitting on couch, Netflix binging, with a laptop and pajamas.

2020 157

Keeping it Real When Working from Home

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It’s kind of crazy how just a month ago I was writing these blog posts for a relatively small group of home business owners. Today, while we’re dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the numbers of people working from home has exploded.

2020 153

Should You Start A Home Business in a Recession?

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The protective measures we have taken to help protect ourselves and others from the COVID-19 virus is very likely to bring on our next big recession. With unemployment at an all time high, there are also more people out there seriously considering starting their own business.

2020 151

March Coffee Break WordSearch

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2020 150

Should You Prepare Your Home Business For The Coronavirus?

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If you work from home you’re probably feeling pretty good about the whole Coronavirus thing. After all, you don’t have to get out of the house in order to go to work, right? Maybe, but we should still prepare our home business for the Coronavirus, flu or any other illness that becomes widespread.

2020 150

What’s Really Stopping You From Launching Your Home Business?

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We all have different excuses. I don’t have the money. No one supports me. I don’t know how to begin. There are as many different excuses for not following your dream of being your own boss as there are people who dream it.

2020 148

February CoffeeBreak WordSearch

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2020 146

Client Gifting for the Holidays; ‘Tis the Season?

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It’s the holiday season , and many home businesses are thinking about client gifting. From wondering if you should or shouldn’t gift clients to worrying about whether your client celebrates a certain holiday or not, it can be a stressful decision to make.

2019 147

8 Home Business Ideas that Provide Local Services

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When people think about home based businesses it’s often associated with providing services via computer or providing handmade or digital products via an eCommerce platform. But what if neither of those avenues are for you?

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December WordSearch

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2019 138

Specialized Virtual Assistants: The Best Move Your Business Can Make

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I came across this article on Inc.com that proclaims that hiring a virtual assistant is the best move that entrepreneurs can make. I’ve actually been arguing that fact for years here. The above article was written less than a year ago, which makes it apparent that entrepreneurs still aren’t flocking to the idea, even though it’s been proven to be a successful investment over and over again. Which leaves me wondering why?

2019 147

You Should Be Downsizing Your Images

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Business today is image driven. Photos are key in social media posts, blog posts and for product sales. Smart phones have made taking these needed photos easy, however often the size of these photos is well beyond what is needed. Using images with a large file size can slow down your website dramatically. Sites like Etsy for selling product often have size limits. That means what used to be the domain of a graphic designer needs to be part of a home business owner’s arsenal now.

2019 125

5 Ways to Keep Your Home Business Fresh

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There’s nothing worse than biting into a stale carrot. You know what I mean, I’m sure you’ve grabbed a carrot stick off from a vegetable platter expecting that crisp snap as you bit into it but instead got a rubbery, orange something. Now the carrot doesn’t necessarily taste bad, but just the consistency is enough to turn you off from the veggie platter altogether, isn’t it? Even covering it up with ranch dip can’t disguise that almost spongy consistency.

2019 122

Coffee Break: November Wordsearch

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2019 113

Coffee Break Fun: October WordSearch

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Even the most committed of business owners need a break now and then. That’s why I’ve decided to offer my readers a monthly wordsearch game. So here it is, an October Wordsearch. Grab your coffee. The words you need to find will have a decidedly autumn flair to them. Of course, you’ll also find a few business related terms as well. Have fun! Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

2019 114

The Truth Behind Virtual Assistant Horror Stories (and Why They Shouldn’t Scare You)

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I’m pulling this article directly from the crypt archives. Because for home businesses that need help, working with a virtual assistant is one of the smartest things they can do. One of the reasons many are reluctant is because they’ve heard one or more virtual assistant horror stories. This oldie but goodie explores the truth behind the stories and why you shouldn’t let them scare you. Halloween.

2019 112

You Don’t Have to Be Lucky to Work from Home

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Often, when I tell people what I do, one of the most frequent responses is, ‘You are so lucky to work from home’ While I certainly feel fortunate, luck has very little to do with it. Thanks to technology, today anyone who wants to work from home can. I understand where they are coming from. When my children were small, I would have given anything to be able to work from home. Back then, if a Mom wanted to work from home they sold Tupperware, Mary Kay or even Creative Memories.

2019 113

Navigating the Ebb and Flow of Small Business Ownership

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Once upon a time, you imagined your small business, complete with a vision of a steady, comfortable level of activity. Chances are, you realized that was as good as a storybook fantasy soon after you opened your doors. The truth of the matter is, there is a definite ebb and flow of small business ownership. In the early days, you may find yourself with lots of time on your hands as you build your client base. I remember those early days.

2019 122

How To Create Personal Connections When You’re A Digital Business

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Creating personal connections with your clients or customers helps keep them your client/customer. As I’ve mentioned here before, keeping your clients is an important part of building a successful business. In the ‘old’ days, people came to your office or store and you communicated with them face to face. Today many of us are providing services digitally or selling our handmade items online. This can make making those personal connections more difficult.

2019 113

Do You Want to Know the Best Home Business to Start? Read this.

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When I was working my soul-sucking, traditional office job back in 2006, I did numerous internet searches on the best home business to start. Back then, it didn’t yield me many results and very few of them were legitimate. Medical transcription topped the list back then, something that was hard to break into and even harder to earn a living at from home. Today, people are still searching for businesses that they can do from home with a much larger number of results. But which one is the best?

2019 110

Is Your Home Business Really a Small Business?

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On September 7 th , 2019 I will have run a home business for 12 years successfully. Over that time, I’ve discovered that although my little one-woman show gets categorized as a small business, that moniker doesn’t always fit or benefit my home office operation. According to Small Business Trends, 69% of US entrepreneurs start their businesses from home , and that number is likely to increase. Working from home, something that was once an oddity, has become the new normal.

2019 111

How Much Should You Charge as a Home Business?

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Possibly one of the hardest parts of starting and growing a business is deciding on what to charge. Whether it’s a product or services, getting the price right is critical in your ability to sustain the business and yourself. So how much should you charge as a home business? Your first instinct is going to be to think with an employee mentality. The first things you’ll think of are: How much do employers pay per hour for this? How do I keep this affordable for clients?

2019 109

4 Amazing Women Bloggers On My Reading List

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When I first started out my blog reading list was populated by the likes of Gary V , Mike Michalawicz, Chris Brogan and Seth Godin. While they give some great business advice, as time has marched on and my business has gone from a struggling startup to a well-established one-woman show, I’m finding myself drawn to business blogs that better reflect both myself and my business more closely. I think that’s important.

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Should you use a Free WordPress Theme for your Business Website?

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There’s no doubt that WordPress is the ideal choice for building your business website. Recently I touched on the fact that WordPress is an ‘ array of moving parts’. One of those parts is the theme. In WordPress, the theme is the part that dictates your design. Where your logo appears, your colors, and whether a large ‘hero’ image appears on your home page are all items most likely controlled by your theme.

2019 112

The 3 Biggest Working from Home Challenges

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Working from home might be considered the new American dream. Whether an employer offers remote work options or you’re running your own home-based business, the statistics show that most people are happier and more productive in a work from home situation. As ideal as it may seem, it doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges. From my twelve years of experience running my business, here are what I consider the three biggest working from home challenges.

2019 106

What is a Solopreneur? Two Secrets to Success As One

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You may have seen that I’ve included a few new terms on the pages of my website. Specifically, on my services page , you will notice them right at the top. It says, “Solopreneurs, Coaches, and Creatives”. It’s at the top of the page because these are the business people I specialize in providing assistance to.

2019 111

What is a Business Creative?

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Over the course of the last two posts, I’ve been talking about three new terms I’ve begun using here on my website and the Tips from T.Marie blog. They also happen to describe the type of businesses I provide services to. Those terms, solopreneur, coaches and business creatives are relatively new terms in the business world, although their use is increasing. My first post focused on solopreneurs and my second on coaches.

2019 110

How To Prepare Your Digital Business for Outages

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I celebrated the July 4 th holiday by taking 4 days off from work. It was a hot few days here in southern Maine, and as usual, the hot weather broke with a round of strong storms rolling through on Saturday. Our power flickered out momentarily and we breathed a sigh of relief, having experienced lengthy power outages in the past. Our sighs of relief were short-lived however when we realized we had no Internet service.

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