5 Simple Ways to Streamline Your Business

When you start your own business, you put on a ton of hats - accountant, administrative assistant, office manager, sales team, creative director, designer, social media manager, human resources and a million more. It can be overwhelming, and while you're a one-person army trying to do it all, some things can fall through the cracks. Today we're going to look at 5 ways you can streamline your business to help keep you on track.

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Nora Conrad
How to Build a Morning Routine

Whether you're a "wake up at 4 am" kind of person or a "snooze the alarm 8 times" kind of person, having a solid morning routine will get you out of bed a little easier and give you a better start to your day. Who knows, you might actually learn to like mornings in the process.

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Nora Conrad
Why we Took a Summer Sabbatical

I've been blogging, working, social media-prepping and doing some thing to grow my site consistently for the past 6 years. Since I started, things have changed a lot. "I" grew into "us", a lifestyle blog turned into a business site and our goals financially have grown over time. But, somewhere along the way, I lost sight of WHY I was doing all this.

So, I asked myself an important question - What is important to me? I wrote down things like my marriage, my family, daily prayer and bible study, our financial goals, getting in shape for a half marathon.... on and on. Basically, my blog did not fall very high on my list. I had gotten to a place where if someone just wiped the slate clean and all the sudden my site was gone, I wouldn't really miss it. I realized that this needed to change. There are a lot of aspects of my business that I love; I love making videos. I love talking to people one-on-one. I love helping small businesses solve a problem they've been struggling with. I love systems and workflows and organization. 

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Nora Conrad
Taking the Leap: How to Launch Your Freelance Career

Becoming a successful online freelancer means tackling barriers such as the stresses associated with finding your own clients. You have to take steps to increase your visibility online so that you become a trusted source of information. Maintaining a professional personal brand online while producing quality content takes time and effort. We’ve provided you with some advice and tools to help you expand your client base and network with fellow writers. 

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Nora Conrad
How to Manage a Remote Team

It’s been said that leading a team is not unlike conducting an orchestra ­– with a lot of practice and attention, you can get everyone to play the same tune. But what do you do if the orchestra members are not only in different rooms but on different continents? How do you get your team to perform a symphony when some members are playing while others are asleep? And how can you expect to get everyone on the same page when even something as simple as ensuring a time-sensitive email is read and actioned can pose a logistical challenge?

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What's the Difference between Native Advertising and Content Marketing?

Every day we come across hundreds, if not thousands of online ads. In a fast-changing world, it’s difficult to ignore messages such as “subscribe here” and “buy now.” Approximately $21 billion is the amount expected to be spent on native ads in 2018. That’s a huge amount that only goes to content. Content is king and that’s why we have professional content writing services such as https://writersdepartment.com/ that offer writing help to those with tons of writing jobs.

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Taming Fear- How to Silence the Fear Monster in your Head

Fear....

What images or thoughts come to your mind when you first read that word?  Fear personalizes itself to you which means your mind will spawn a unique fear monster based on your own individual life experiences.  Yep, those pesky fear monsters know exactly what words to whisper in your ear to immobilize and deter you.  But, I bring you good news! If your mind can spawn those monsters, it can also tame them. What if I told you that most of what keeps you from reaching that next level of excellence in your life, your business, or your relationships can be eliminated by simply working through a five step process?  Let's learn how to put those monsters to work for you instead of against you.

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Nora Conrad
Are you making these 11 SEO mistakes?

SEO is so much more than metadata and tags. It’s not a short-term fix, but a long-term marketing strategy which includes writing content of value and compelling headings, along with formatting, metadata and more.

Although Google’s algorithms use over 200 signals, you can actually take simple, straightforward SEO measures to vastly improve your search engine ranking.

Google’s #1 mission statement is to “Focus on the user and all else will follow” – they’re looking for “relevant content” with “the best user experience possible”.

So, you can stop inadvertently hurting your potential web traffic - it’s easier than you think.

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Nora Conrad
How I finish a blog post in 3 hours

Whether you’re building a personal brand or trying to drive traffic to your site through organic SEO, blogging is the number one way to get exposure online.
 
But here’s the catch:
It takes patience, research, planning, a great workflow, and a whole lot of time.

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Nora Conrad
How to Crush Common Money Blocks that Women Encounter

Sometimes the one thing that may be blocking your way to success is you.
  
Money blocks are the mistaken beliefs, imagined fears, or hesitations that are all connected with the idea of what increased affluence will bring, or what we need to do to get there. 

These obstacles often exist only in the mind. But they can make a mark in your reality. They can lead to self-sabotage. They can dampen your entrepreneurial fire.

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Nora Conrad
Why You Should Always Ask Why

We all know that knowing your "why" is important, but it's so much more than just a talking point or mission statement. It's the thing that drives your decisions, which is why you should come back to it frequently.

Recently, my husband shared how he is using the question of “why” to help his team stay on track. They were given a new assignment by their administration and immediately jumped into a how to complete the assignment and who would do each part. They argued for almost an hour trying to figure out the best approach and what would have the best outcome without adding too much to their already heavy workload. 

But they got nowhere because they didn’t start with why they were working on this new assignment. They didn’t know the overall purpose, so they got lost in the details. This happens frequently in business, especially when you’re doing things on your own with no one to bounce ideas off of.

So how do you make sure you’re always making Why a part of your business?  We’re going to go through a few easy steps to help you stay on track.

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Nora Conrad
Back 2 Basics: Search Engine Optimization

You might know that SEO is important, but understanding how to improve the SEO on your website can be a little harder. There are the basic tips, like renaming your photos, that are repeated everywhere. Today we're going to dive into HOW to optimize your site for search engines and WHY it's so dang important to do your homework first. Let's get started!

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