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Writing

Book covers that convert

Everyone judges books by their covers—they are the lifeblood of book sales. I use to design my own, but recently have opted to have a professional design most of them. I think they look awesome, and my readers agree.

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Inventing
Teazzed

Fortes and not so fortes

Not everyone can be good at everything. If you work with what you’ve got and steer yourself in the right directions, you may find yourself passing by people with talent that decided not to purse as aggressively as you did.

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The Name Game

How did you come up with a name for your business? What tools did you use? For me, when I was starting out, I did a combination of Google keyword searches and checking domain availabilities. I tried to find the right combination for my tea business, Teazzed, and my newly written book, Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1. In the end, I was happy with those name choices, but ultimately combined them on MGSpear.com. Did your name end up working for you?

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Nerd Alert

Broke, but want to start your business? Ever considered using Microsoft Office to make graphics and perfect documents? That’s how I started out. I have added more tools to my arsenal since those early days, like PhotoShop and GIMP, but Office still is at the core of my operations: after all, I am a writer.

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Education/Teaching

95. Pinterest Galore

So, more on using Pinterest. I have always been an avid user of Pinterest. I use it all the time to build up my boards for memes and interesting photos to show in my classes. There are soooo many pictures related to science and they definitely pique my students’ interests. Plus how fun is it […]

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Consulting
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86. Consulting Cover Letters

Details matter, especially in job hunting. Recently I had a client who lost their job and was desperate to find another as soon as possible. I offered my services for cover letters and set up email tracking for them for a few jobs they really wanted to get an interview for. The way you word […]

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relationships

80. Focusing

I like to work in silence. It’s like oil to my thoughts, lubricating them so that they run at full speed in a logical order. Sometimes, though, I can work with noise in the background if it is people talking. I can listen to my students’ conversations and grade papers at the same time. I […]

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Motivational

76. Confidence

When someone takes a test, what crosses their mind? Panic, anxiety, fear, uncertainty, or confidence, assertiveness? Perhaps a mix of everything. Do you know why motivational quotes resonate with so many people? Because people want to be confident in the face of adversity. People want to be assured that even though they may not have […]

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74. Business Growth: New Year Goals

One of the things I like about inventing is always seeing possibility on the horizon. A failed experiment gleans new insights into how things work and allows me to create a new experiment to try. For my experiments I collect all kinds of odds and ends to help me out—just recently I got some shower […]

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64. Gotta have the breaks

As I sit here and type it has been raining outside. It is so relaxing to listen to the rain fall and kiss the ground. I do most of my blog writing on the weekends. I make little notes on my phone notepad throughout the week of ideas to write about, and when I have […]

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