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What to do when your entrepreneurial tank is just completely goddamn empty

What to do when your entrepreneurial tank is just completely goddamn empty

As small business owners, we understand the ups and downs. We get that there will be high highs and loooooow lows. There will be days when everything feels like ohmygodTHISiswhyIchosethislife! and there will be more than a few days when it’s more like DearGodPleaseLetMyDreamJobJustBeWaitingForMeOnCraigslist. But what do you do when the lows aren’t black and… More>>

You’re spam until you prove otherwise

You’re spam until you prove otherwise

Today’s post is a guest offering from the lovely and talented Rachel Allen of Bolt from the Blue Copywriting wherein she elegantly tackles a sensitive issue around how entitled we feel to the attention of an ‘audience’ [whatever THAT means] online. It’s a big issue and one that clobbers so, so many people. This post… More>>

The soul of sacrifice

The soul of sacrifice

Your business needs your soul. Like a partner. Like a child. Like the very breath from your chest needs the air it breathes. Honest soul is not simple though. It’s not inspirational memes or platitudes. Or one-line idioms. It’s sacrifice. It’s the simple question[s] of: What are you willing to give [and give up] of… More>>

Why no one is reading a word that you write. And what to do about it.

Why no one is reading a word that you write. And what to do about it.

Today’s post is from Makeness Chief Story Maker, Miki DeVivo. ******************************************** So…. you’re a rockstar, badass, amazeballs, kick-ass guru ninja, and you just know that your business is full of game-changing awesomesauce, and will help people live their totally EPIC passion, have more confidence, and crush it with clarity. And…. …you want people to know… More>>

Your Business is a Love Story. Tell it well.

Your Business is a Love Story. Tell it well.

Today’s post is the very first offering from our very own Chief Story Maker, Miki DeVivo. Miki will be publishing here on the Makeness blog on the semi-regular from this point forward on all manner of topics relating the emotive stories of expressing your work in the world. Let’s give Miki our undivided attention… *********************************************************… More>>

FTW Wednesday: Amanda Farough captures and creates web design that matters. Like lightning. In a laptop.

FTW Wednesday: Amanda Farough captures and creates web design that matters. Like lightning. In a laptop.

This week’s feature is pretty cool. (I mean, they are ALL cool, but this one is extra cool.) Why? Because I’m happily featuring my “competition” – the lovely and talented Amanda Farough of violetminded Media. Amanda and I share the opinion that competition is a ridiculous and antiquated concept – that collaboration is truly king.… More>>

FTW Wednesday: Halley Gray recovered from the first year blues by booking herself solid six months out

FTW Wednesday: Halley Gray recovered from the first year blues by booking herself solid six months out

This week’s winning gold star goes to the awesomesauce, pull-yourself-up-by-the-underpants stylings of Evolve & Succeed‘s Halley Gray. I connected with Halley when she was fresh out the gate of new business ownership – a little less than a year ago. At the time, I had no idea how new she was. She came off like all… More>>

FTW Wednesday: Michelle Nickolaisen rules at guest posting. Like a lot.

FTW Wednesday: Michelle Nickolaisen rules at guest posting. Like a lot.

This week I’m featuring the lovely Michelle Nickolaisen of Bombchelle Industries who completely rules at something I have never really been all that fantabulous at… dum…. dum….. duuuuuuum….. guest posting. I don’t know about you, but coming up with even more time and topics than what I already do has generally felt like an overwhelming… More>>

Winning Wednesday: Marie Poulin schools us on building a community that will pay top dollar for your work

Winning Wednesday: Marie Poulin schools us on building a community that will pay top dollar for your work

Welcome to the inaugural post of a brand new feature called “Winning Wednesdays”. Each week, we will be featuring an interview with a new entrepreneur from the greater Makeness community [so that means our clients, our readers, our colleagues, and members of the Makeness Insider community] who are doing one thing in their business really,… More>>

The post in which I break you open and poke at your tender bits with the business-end of a pointy stick

The post in which I break you open and poke at your tender bits with the business-end of a pointy stick

Settle in. Take a deep breath. This will only hurt for a second. Ready? Good. I am calling bullshit on half-assery. On half-way-ness. On excuses made to cover a lack of care and effort. Because half-way is useless. And prevalent. And toxic. And I’m done with it. There is no half-way. Doing something is not always better than doing… More>>

God is in the details

God is in the details

I have never written about God before. Quite honestly, belief and religion are so far removed from my daily life that I struggled with how to spell the very word religion just now. But this post is not about religion [ion/ eon??!]. It’s about reverence. It’s about prayer. It’s about passion. It’s about the center… More>>

Copy me. Go ahead. Seriously.

Copy me. Go ahead. Seriously.

When I started out several years ago… I tried really, really hard to not accidentally copy people. But I was consuming information every day. I was reading the shit out of bloggers I loved and respected. And despite my best efforts, their flavor came out of my fingers. If you looked at my early stuff… More>>

Never get good at the things you hate doing or you could miss making out with Robert Redford

Never get good at the things you hate doing or you could miss making out with Robert Redford

I used to make cappuccinos for a living. Brilliant, amazing, PERFECT cappuccinos. I started doing it because I really, really loved cappuccinos. I was nineteen and that seemed to be as good a reason as any to pursue a “career” in cappuccino-making. But something happened after cappuccino #3,771; I realized that I was really good… More>>

How to work backward from happy

How to work backward from happy

Goals are not my thing. In my brain, goals = rules, and rules = stupid-crap-I-go-out-of-my-way-to-ignore. But this interesting thing happened recently: I realized that I accidentally managed to find myself with a goal [picture me with the sour-lemon-face while saying that]. Visual aid: To explain, I have to tell a little story… A few years… More>>

The amazing magical secret that makes a good brand. For reals. Actual magical secret. And unicorns. And cows.

The amazing magical secret that makes a good brand. For reals. Actual magical secret. And unicorns. And cows.

“What IS a ‘brand’, anyway? And why do I need one?” This is a question that landed in my inbox this morning. It was actually the subject line of an email from a prospective client who was genuinely inquiring about my new service. To give you some context, this person already has a well-established ‘brand’.… More>>

There IS something wrong with you. Here. Let me poke at it with a stick.

There IS something wrong with you. Here. Let me poke at it with a stick.

That’s what we hear out there a lot, don’t we? “You’re doing your business wrong — and only I know what to do to make it better.” “You need to learn how to have adventures — let me show you how.” “You’re introverted/extroverted/highly-sensitive/socially-anxious/fear-riddled/chronically-uncool. But it’s ok. I can fix you.“ We call it “Aspirational Marketing”… More>>

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