Working from home is a wonderful experience that enables people to take control of their day to day work life. But, there are so many issues that can pop up each day that can interrupt your otherwise smooth flow. You might even participate in some interrupters and time suckers willingly without even realizing it. The days go by so fast, it’s hard to tell what end is up and you start wondering whether that leisurely life you dreamed of actually exists.

Create a Plan

Every business owner needs to have a plan in order to manage their time. It’s one of the biggest…


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) takes place in November. A lot of my writing friends are working on getting their character profiles ready to go and I’ve been brainstorming some ideas myself as well. Naming a character in a story is like naming one of your kids, it takes time and thought and all sorts of love.

typewriter and ink well on a writing desk
typewriter and ink well on a writing desk

In no particular order, here are 50 gender neutral names for your story writing and character profile creation efforts…

  1. Dylan
  2. Alex
  3. Bowie
  4. Lou
  5. Ty
  6. Bryce
  7. Kelly (or just Kel)
  8. Avery
  9. Elliot
  10. Robin
  11. Max
  12. Casey
  13. Cam (or Kam)
  14. Tam
  15. Mel
  16. Jesse (or just Jess)
  17. Finn
  18. Blake
  19. Riley
  20. Gale
  21. Sid (or Sidney — also Syd or Sydney)
  22. Rory
  23. Drew
  24. Charlie
  25. Kennedy
  26. Sam
  27. Whit
  28. Lee…

Which Networks Are Right for You?

When working out your social media posting plan, the networks you choose to post to should be an important part of that plan. The good news is that there is no absolute right or wrong choice when it comes to knowing which social networks you should sign up for. It depends on where your audience typically hangs out and which medium you prefer to interact with.

How Many Social Networks Should You Use?

Using social media automation, you might think that you may as well just sign up to as many social networks as possible, since posting will all be scheduled ahead of time. This isn’t true…


If you’re adding a holiday gift guide to your website or blog using Amazon affiliate links, it could just get you in some trouble.

I see this happening every year. Bloggers putting loads of work into gift guides, only to have to go back and practically start over because they don’t want to break the Amazon affiliate terms of service.

You can’t turn that gift guide into a PDF for distribution all around the internet with all those Amazon affiliate links either. That’s another thing they don’t allow.

You can’t email your list with those links live either.


Let’s start with a basic overview. What is a meta description? In simple terms, a meta tag description is a snippet that summarizes what the webpage or blog post is about. This short summary (usually 150–300 characters in length) is added in the code of the page for search engines to read.

How does the meta content affect your search engine rankings?

According to Google, they don’t actually use this meta information in the ranking part of the algorithm. However, it is still important to your SEO since you can use the meta description to let people know why they should click on your result instead of the others that…


When it comes to the little things in our business one of two things tends to happen; we either spend too much time on it or we skip it all together and put it off for another day. I know that I have personally been guilty of both of those at various times. Let’s take a few minutes today and just get these done and check them off the to-do list so we can move on.

#1: Update Your About Page

If a potential client or prospect comes to visit your site and they want to know more about you or your company before they…


Lorem Ipsum text refers to the placeholder text that is often used in project mockups for design, whether that’s a brochure design, a website design, or even the layout for what will become a PDF report. Pasting in some Lorem Ipsum content to the design helps your clients to visualize what the final project might look like once it’s all filled in with their own content.

But just because you’re using dummy text doesn’t mean it has to be boring. It doesn’t even have to be the standard Latin Lorem Ipsum. …


Silence in the dark
We completely missed our mark.

Fingers fumbling around,
Hearts invisibly bound.

Thoughts left unsaid
in the space across the bed.


It’s that time of year again. Taxes and paperwork.

Depending on how your clients have paid you throughout the year, you might get a 1099-K from Paypal or other processors. Even though it’s been around for a few years now, it still causes a lot of confusion and double reporting can happen when a client wants to file a standard 1099-MISC for what they’ve paid you.

So there are two sides to this;
sending 1099s and receiving 1099s…

Unless paid with cash, paper checks, or direct deposit ACHs, you don’t send a 1099 because all the payment processors like Paypal…


When this question hit my inbox, I paused for a moment. It’s a really good question and it surely happens to everyone at some point. Here I am having not really thought about it very much until this question came through.

There are a few scenarios here, considering things like retainer clients versus non-retainer, different types of services offered, and all the variables.

In the case of regular retainer clients who are paying monthly, if you haven’t heard from them within the month and they’re still paying you, definitely check in with them and see if things are okay. …

Loretta Oliver

cross stitcher ✂, writer ✍️ , transcriptionist ⌨️, dabbler in all things creative ✂ , mom, wife, finder of lost shoes….

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