It's really difficult to come back from some of the crazy, curve ball black eyes we get in life sometimes. Throughout most of my life, I was able to bounce back from just about anything. I never worried, I didn't ever second guess myself. I was always positive that the "next thing", that proverbial opening door after the one that closes, was going to be even better than the last. I went to college to pursue … [Read more...] about Figuring Out The Art of Re-Invention
No, it's not just "when you need the money", though that can definitely be the trigger that gets you thinking. No, it's not as soon as you take a photo that all your facebook friends are drooling over. No, it's not when you think you can make something better/cheaper than someone else. Keep reading... you'll get it. (Or, go ahead and be a cheater by reading to the end of the post. See if I care. … [Read more...] about How To Know When To Put Your Art Online
I hope you had a wonderful holiday! First, I want to say something to those of you receiving this in your inbox. It's been almost a year since I wrote here, and for that I apologize. (You'll learn more about that if you keep reading...) But you DID in fact, voluntarily subscribe to receive these emails from me. I am not spamming you, and I want to let you know that if you choose to unsubscribe, I totally understand. … [Read more...] about It’s Time To Start Thinking About 2013
CLICK HERE: UPDATED for 2014/2015 and beyond!!! I honestly can't believe that 2011 is about to end in two weeks. I know, you're probably sitting there thinking, "Lara, let me get through the holidays before you start talking about the New Year!" No. Sorry, but nope. When you're in business for yourself, you've got to be thinking ahead. Much farther ahead than two weeks, and if you … [Read more...] about How To: End of Year Reviews and Planning for Self-Employed People
I love starting new projects and ideas. Really, I do. But sometimes I get ahead of myself and start projects that take much of my attention, and things fall behind. Like this blog. Like my Artist's eCourse. (I'm so sorry - new lessons coming soon, I promise!) Like my online shops and my site for my handmade jewelry. So what do I do when I find that I have tons on my plate, and need to get better … [Read more...] about When You Get Overwhelmed… Use An Egg Timer!
I don't know what it is about working online that gives people the sense (or lack thereof) that people who do it are just freely available 24/7 to jump when they tell us to. Weeks ago, I met with a local business that's fairly well established in their niche. It's one with a lot of potential, as at least 30% of the population (if not much more) could use their product at some point in their lives. A friend who … [Read more...] about I Fired A Potential Client Today