Monthly Archives: June 2006

June 11, 2006

I am now a proud owner of a shrug.

Maybe I better explain. A few weeks ago I was poking through my closet trying to find my summer clothes and not feeling terribly pleased with the results.

It wasn’t a pretty picture. In fact, the longer I poked, the more depressed I became

I had some great conference clothes — suits and whatnot — and I had some great “clean the house” clothes (not that I clean the house much, I have a house cleaner for that, but you know what I mean. The torn up t-shirts and faded shorts). But in terms of nice casual summer things, well, let’s just say pathetic was the word that sprung to mind.

You see, I’m not much of a clothes buyer to begin with, and since I’ve had my own business, I’ve bought even less than normal. So what I did have was old. (Really old in some cases.) And, to top it off, I’ve lost we^ight (thanks to my we^ight lifting which I’m still proud to say I do on a regular basis) so my clothes were n^ow both old and really didn’t fit very well.

Right when I had about decided a trip to the mall was in order, I got an invitation for a Weekenders party. Weekenders is this line of clothes that are comfortable, machine washable, don’t wrinkle AND mix and match. (Which means I don’t have to do much thinking as I’m getting dressed because most of the items all go together. Pretty nifty.)

So I ended buying a number of things, including a shrug. I’m really excited about the shrug. I’ve ne^ver owned an item of clothing named after a verb, and especially a verb with an attitude. I feel quite sassy every time I wear my new shrug. (In case any of you are wondering what a shrug is, it looks like one of those sweater vests we would wear in dance class in the 80s. If that doesn’t help, think of a half shirt with ties.)

Which Multiple Streams of Income Are Right For Your Business

In a nutshell, multiple streams of income means your business has more than one way to make money. For instance, you sell products and you sell services. Those are different streams of incomes. But that’s just the beginning. Below are the first 5 of 10 ideas of different income sources (you can read about the next 5 in the next issue):

1. Sell a variety of services. Or you can bundle your services into packages depending on what your typical client is looking for. But be careful about this one. Don’t spread yourself too thin. You want to offer a few different services or a choice of packages but you don’t want too many options because it’s very difficult to market yourself effectively. Continue reading

June 2, 2006

Well, too much of a good thing can be a problem. That’s what happened to me in May. Things have been happening so fast and furious — all the traveling I’ve been doing, all the clients and projects pouring into my business — that I haven’t been taking time out for me.

And what happened? What typically happens in situations like this one — I got sick.

Looking back, I see there were lots of warning signs. I was much more emotional then normal, I wasn’t sleeping as well, I was having strange dreams. And then it culminated into me getting sick.

Lesson learned — always take time for yourself. So my biggest priority in my business right n^ow is to master time management skills so I take time out for me on a regular basis. Not only will I feel better, but I’ll also be able to take better care of my clients and customers.