Looking Back at 2016 & Looking Forward to 2017

I always love this time of year, the chilly nights, looking at the blanket of snow here in my tiny community in Alberta, Canada and a brand new year open to brand new possibilities.  I have to admit, I love the dreaming and planning part this time of year, but often stumble when it comes to the consistent implementation of those plans. As part of my theme (I’ll share in a moment) and direction for 2017, I’ve decided to start writing regular reviews.  Now I don’t know if this will be a monthly check-in (I’m leaning towards this) or a quarterly check-in (maybe both!). If you’ve been working online for any length of time you’ve likely seen a variety of “Monthly Income Reports”, while my income will be part of this process it’s not the focus.  The focus of these reports is to share what’s happening here at my world … Read more

My Secret Crush List 2016 (& Thank You!)

I’m writing this on the Monday before Christmas, it’s my last week in my office.  At the end of the week, I’ll be taking a moment or two to enjoy some much deserved relaxation and adventures with the family during the holidays.  How do you spend your time over the holidays? Some years I’ve done some work, others I’ve totally taken a break.  It’s can be a great time to focus on your own business as so many clients are also taking time off. No matter what you decide to do for you and your business, enjoy the balance of 2016 and take a moment to say thank you to the year that has been and welcome 2017 with renewed awe and inspiration. 2016 has been a interesting year, I spent a good portion of my time in contemplation on how I wanted to see my business evolve and I … Read more

A Few of the Books I Read in 2016

I had so much fun writing last week’s post about a few of the things I found and loved this year, I thought I would be just as much fun to share some of the books I’ve read and found made an impact on me in 2016. A little story before I share my book choices from 2016 Before I dive into the books I wanted to share about my reading process.  Seems a little off the cuff to share about my reading process but I thought it worth a share.  By default, I prefer to read the actual physical copy of a book but that’s not always practical since I’d very quickly run out of space in my place and I’m trying to keep things lean in terms of stuff. Also, as much as I love the library, I really do love owning the book I’m reading.  So while … Read more

Staying Small. It’s not what you think.

The title might have you thinking I’m going to be talking about how staying small can hinder growth, when in fact it’s just the opposite. For months, dare I say years, I’ve been thinking something hasn’t been quite right with my business and where I wanted to go next. You see earlier this year I completed a program (I got a certificate & everything) but the business model they encouraged in that program was to go bigger.  Charge big rates, work with corporations or the types of businesses that will pay those rates.  I was excited (initially) thinking about all of the dollar signs and how much I was going to be able to hand over to my team as I grew and then…. My heart sank and a heavy feeling washed over me It all just felt wrong.  Not at all what I wanted. Now don’t get me wrong, that … Read more

My Favorite (Biz) Things 2016

Last year I wrote a post about a few of my favorite things and I had so much fun sharing what I loved that I wanted to do it again this year.  The 2016 list though is going to be a bit more extensive.  You see the last few weeks I’ve been making notes of all the things I love using in my business. Now some of them, I’ve stopped using but that’s usually because I’ve outgrown the purpose of the product or service, not because I don’t like it.  Some of these products will be affiliate links, so that simply means I’ll get a bit of bonus from the company for referring you if you decide to purchase.  I’ll also indicate which items are free to use and which may have a fee or price attached to them. Ready? Let’s get to it! Planners I have a confession to … Read more

Renee Shupe, Certified Digital Business Consultant

There’s reason to celebrate here, I was recently certified as a Digital Business Consultant through WP Elevation.  This is pretty exciting news for my clients as I’m better equipped to help you achieve your Digital Marketing goals going forward. A little about WP Elevation WP Elevation is a global business mastermind group for WordPress consultants that helps its members better serve their clients through communication, development workflow and project management best practices. Having this badge displayed on my website, demonstrates that I’m working to make my services better for you so you can feel comfortable working with me. It also shows you that I know what I’m doing. You can read more about WP Elevation here. Go here to learn more about my process 2 Shares Share1 Pin1 +1 Tweet

What I’m loving right now…

Looks like we’re swinging right into the holiday season and the in America the malls will be jam packed with folks hoping to get that great deal for a Christmas present.  Now while I’m not a fan of the crazy shennaigans that happen in the malls across America I do like to save as much as the next guy.  So rather than hit the malls and if you’re not in the US, you’ll still have a chance to save. I thought I’d share about the few things that I’m loving in my business right now and some of them will even have a limited time coupon for a chance to save! Yahoo! So if you see something on this list that you need in your business right now, then I’d love if it you used my links and save.  Do purchase something though just because you think it “might” be … Read more

I’m so busy and other lame excuses

I’m so busy and other lame excuses

I was going to write this just to my awesome email posse, but it’s really a bigger issue that needs to be shared with everyone. It’s something I’ve been seeing too much of lately (myself included).

What’s your excuse?

Admit it, we have all used an excuse to get out of doing something. Whether it be helping out with something at work, or in our personal lives. We say we’re too busy, or I have a sick kid at home. I don’t have time, I just can’t do it. I don’t know how….

All excuses

I hear it from my clients, especially new clients that come to me because they’re stuck.

The “don’t” know how to do something, they’ve given up because they can’t figure it out.

If I could get a buck for every time I’ve heard from new and potential clients…

My website has been the same since 2008 because I “don’t have the time” to figure out something new.

Truth time…

It’s not important enough. (Ouch!)

If it was you wouldn’t have an excuse, you’d just get it done.

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