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Working to Make a Living

It’s Father’s Day today and my thoughts go to fathers who are working to make a living for their families. In my present role of grandmother who is widowed, I get to observe the struggles of two younger generations, my sons and my grandsons and I often wonder how much working to get more things might affect their family life.

Tom Ewer has written a good article about handling money in his excellent blog Leaving Work Behind The blog’s main focus is about being able to leave a job to work independently!


A Brief Guide to Money

he says:

Money – and your attitude towards it – is as important as just about anything in life.

In fact, I firmly believe that creating a healthy attitude towards money represents half the battle when it comes to leaving work behind. Not only does spending less mean that you have to earn less, but having a genuine respect for money can help you to build a successful business.

With that said, in this post I want to lay bare my ideals when it comes to money – how one should think of it, treat it, and (most importantly) spend it.

What you’re about to read isn’t an argument for frugality, nor an argument for minimalism. It’s just how I see things.

Making Consumerism the Enemy

Many of us are working ourselves into an early grave, all in the name of material wealth.

To read the full article go visit: Leaving Work Behind


A few days ago Leo Babauta wrote an interesting post in his blog Zen Habits


A Call for Revolt: Advertising is the Anti-Minimalism

he says:

The biggest obstacle to a wonderfully minimalist life is advertising.

Let’s think about that statement for a minute: what is a minimalist life, and what stands in our way from reaching it? How is advertising involved?

A minimalist life can be many things, but at its heart is becoming conscious about what we have in our lives. Space is limited: we have limited hours in a day, limited years in our lives, limited physical space in our homes.

And we fill all that limited space up unconsciously, packing it to overfull without much thought to whether that’s the best use of our space.

Minimalism is about pausing, and asking what’s necessary. What belongs in this space, and what can we toss out? Is the fantasy we have in our heads, that’s causing us to fill things up unconsciously, really what we thought it would be?

To read the full article, go visit Zen Habits


In the last 20 or 30 years I’ve been getting used to the throwaway economy … we used to get toasters and percolators repaired by a handyman! Now we throw them away and get a new one but for anyone on a fixed income that can still present a problem.

Thank goodness for the internet where it’s possible to make a living at home or at least an extra income!

I would like to know what you think about working from home, or buying a bunch of gadgets, or cutting down on buying a bunch of stuff so you can enjoy more of just living a simple life full of love and laughter.

Fran Civile :)

Making Money Blogging and Guilt-Free Selling on Your Blog

I’m reminded about making money blogging and guilt free selling on my blog while reading Gary Korisko’s article titled: “Guilt-Free Guide to Earning an Honest Buck from Your Blog” in his guest post on Jon Morrow’s popular blog Boost Blog Traffic, and I want to share it!

I think it’s a great article that really describes the way many of us bloggers feel about selling on our blog. Most of us want to provide some kind of help on our blog but we are also squeezed for time, because of family and job commitments.

Gary’s article clears up some confusion that exists because of difficulties for many aspiring bloggers to fulfill their aspirations to run their blog as a business. He says that the bloggers who make a real difference in the long term are those who’ve found a way to operate their blogs more like a business, either blogging full-time, or at least making it their main focus.

Here are some more of Gary Korisko’s thoughts on the subject

Those who don’t, or don’t have a concrete plan to do so one day, are effectively condemning their blogs to insignificance, and leaving most of the people they could have helped to struggle alone.

But if that’s the case, why don’t more people transition from fun part-time hobby to sustainable business? The answer is simple.They have a strong negative reaction to one small word: SELL

That’s right. The idea that they might ever sell anything from their blogs is deeply offensive.

Strangely enough, they often don’t have a problem with the idea of making some money from their blogs, but the idea of selling anything breaks them out in a cold sweat. However, a generalized aversion to selling is completely understandable because of all of the negative stereotypes of selling we’ve been inundated with over the years.

I have to admit that it’s taking me a long time to feel comfortable selling as an affiliate marketer on this blog although I feel comfortable selling services related to writing or editing.

Read More at Boost Blog Traffic

I hope you enjoy reading this article and would love to read some of your thoughts on the subject in a comment.

Fran :)

Successful Blog Brings Unexpected Popularity for Guest Post

Guest blogging is one way bloggers and freelance writers hope to gain popularity for their blog. If they get published on a successful blog they will probably immediately get more visitors to their blog and more subscribers will probably follow. I intend to feature more articles about guest blogging but today I had the good fortune to read an exceptionally informative blogpost on Firepole Marketing, one of my favorite blogs …

in it Leah Manderson starts with: “Yes, you read the headline correctly: this post is all about how she “accidentally” got published on Forbes.com.”

Syndicators and Aggregators

Then Leah very generously details the steps that lead her blogpost to appear in Forbes.com and that makes her article particularly valuable. Bloggers or freelance writers who are interested in spreading their reach can use that information to work backwards through syndicators and aggregators.

Leah explains all about how she figured that there must be hundreds of sites that spread their content wide and she gives some pointers on how to go about finding them or reaching them.

She says: “of 5 articles I wrote in 2013, three of them landed on Forbes.com, and all of the posts were shared around the web on sites including Yahoo!, Lifehacker, SavvySugar, the Chicago Tribune, the Zillow Blog, Levo League, and more.
In other words, the more I wrote, the more opportunities I had to reach my target market. It was a guest poster’s dream come true
.” Read more at:how she “accidentally” got published on Forbes.com.”

Yes! A lot of time is taken up by marketing tasks!

Most of your days will be taken up with marketing tasks when you’re building a business. With any fairly new business, when you’re building it from the ground you will be doing some marketing!

After you decide on your service offerings and set your rates, you need to get writing samples done and feature them on your website or blog. You did get a website or blog set up, didn’t you?

All the work will be worthwhile when you’re guest posting and you can follow Leah’s successful blog posting suggestions and expect success in your business.

An Interesting Take On Mindfulness

Today when I visited one of my favorite sources of information, Tiffany Lambert’s Blog, I was bowled over by the outstanding article she wrote on the subject of mindfulness.

She starts out with:

Hi everyone! Recently, “mindfulness” has become a trend everywhere – the military uses it, executives are using it, men and women – top leaders everywhere are being more “mindful” to succeed.

Mindful thinking is being used to train soldiers – it’s no longer about brute force.
Corporations have meditation rooms.

And let me be horribly honest here – I have ALWAYS rolled my eyes and thought, “Yeah right” whenever anyone mentioned meditation or mindfulness to me prior to last year.

But man, when smiling and steeling myself against chaos didn’t work – I had nothing BUT mindfulness to get me through it. And thank goodness I wasn’t too stubborn not to try it.

Then she gets into the ways mindfulness helped her overcome the tough
times she went through and how it can help any one of us get over seemingly
overwhelming obstacles … if we can look at how mindful thinking resembles
the basic steps for breaking a horse …
It’s a very good read: Go to Tiffany Lambert’s Blog

Fran :)

Two Interesting Posts About Finding Online Information

In my email this morning, I found online information at the center of two interesting posts I want to share.

1. Under Guest Appearances at Firepole Marketing
Sid says:
There is an immeasurable amount of information literally at our fingertips.
We can learn anything online.
I’ll say that again, because it’s hard to grasp the enormity of that concept.
Seriously, right now, you can learn ANYTHING.

Think of anything you wish you could do, and you can find a little to a lot of information about it online. Now more than ever before, we have an incredible opportunity to learn and grow in expansive ways.

So why don’t we?

Why We Don’t Take Action on Our Ideas or Desires

“I’m too busy.” “Yeah, but my situation is different.” “I don’t know where to start.”

The real reason behind all of those excuses is that it’s scary. And overwhelming. It’s much easier to cover up with an excuse than to figure it out on your own.

Read more at:


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Cathy Demers says: One Day Only! Read Carefully…

My son-in-law was here for a mid-week visit not long ago. About 11 am I popped out of my office (still in my work uniform – my pj’s) to have a brief chat with him between phone meetings. He said “I want to do what you do…have a successful online business so I can have a life like yours!”

I smiled and told him “It’s not that hard…once you learn what to do…and then focus on doing it!”

That’s why if you missed the Cafe last week….

I want to introduce you to my friend Kevin Thompson has agreed to take you on a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the automated business that’s been putting more than $10,000.00 a month into his bank account every month since the year 2000… even to this very day!

Kevin owns an extremely successful online business – and so do I – That’s why you and I are communicating right now.

Kevin is absolutely brilliant at showing you how to have a massively profitable automated business… just like the ones we both have.

His “behind the scenes tour” is tomorrow. Don’t Miss It!!

Get all the details…and register right here:

I hope you find some useful online informatioon at one or both of the above sites and remember that your questions about affiliate marketing, freelance writing and information product creation are welcome!

Leave a comment and share your problem!

Fran :)

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Fran :)