2018 Blog

One of my favorite resources to get information on starting my own business is the Entrepreneur website and magazine. I subscribed to the online content but if you sign up for their newsletter you still get a lot of free tips as well.
I thought that I would share this list of the "12 Steps to Start a Business" written by Matthew McCreary on Entrepreneur.com. It is very detailed and offers links to other resources. I also love the fact that you can print it out and use it as a check off list as you complete each task toward starting your business. Some of the topics include: evaluating yourself to see what type of business you should start, how to come up with business ideas, the legal structuring and financing of a business and much more.
I read a devotional from, The Word For You Today Devotional called, "What Season are you In"? The devotional talked about being in a season of small beginnings. My favorite passage from it says,
"Are you in a season of small beginnings? If you are, God says, "Do not despise these small beginnings (Zec. 4:10 NLT)." The richness and stability that comes from small beginnings and gradual success are more lasting than the temperamental theatrics of those who have never learned their vulnerabilities or developed a true sense of dependence on God."
There are several certification programs that offer great pay. Most people think of certifications that offer careers in the healthcare and IT field but there are certifications that pay well in almost every industry. Today we are going to highlight Human Resource Certifications.
Lauren Daigle is a Christian singer and songwriter from Lafayette, Louisiana. She is signed to the Centricity Music Label (Wikipedia.org). I recently came across her new album, Look Up Child. This album is at the top of the music charts, beating Ariana Grande, Drake and Nicki Minaj (CBN.com). The entire album is a musical connection to God for me.
Obtaining a college degree can be one of life's greatest achievements. It can also be an expensive one with the rise of college tuition from year to year. On our last blog post on alternative education titled, Free College Tuition, we talked about an online university that offers free tuition to it's students.
You are who you are for a reason.
You're part of an intricate plan.
You're a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God's special woman or man.

You look like you look for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb,
You're just what he wanted to make.
I read a devotional recently that really spoke to me about where I am or where I have been with my career/entrepreneurship dreams. See, I am one that is blessed with many good ideas, but I have sometimes let them slip away because I have become overwhelmed with the question, "what if it doesn't work?" I would think of all the reasons why it could fail, why I am not the one that should be doing it, what I lack to get it done or I would just stay in the planning phase until finally I was convinced that too much time had passed.
I found later that I was really procrastinating out of fear of failure.
The devotional, titled: Trust God and Step Out in Faith, reminded me that I must be careful. When I have a dream that I believe God has given me I cannot give into my own fears of past or future failure. In order to bear fruit that will bless others I have to put my trust in my creator to help it come to pass by doing my part.
Are you thinking about going to college? It can be a tough decision whether you are fresh out of high school or trying to go back to school after many years of putting your degree on the back burner. One of the reasons that some people can struggle with going to college is because of the rising cost of tuition. Then after graduation a nice chunk of your salary can go to paying off student loans.
Am I saying that people should not go to college because it's too expensive? No. But what I am saying is that because of the internet giving us the blessing of online learning there are alternatives to high college tuition like free college tuition.
Are you starting the process for a big dream? Are you starting a new business or going back to school? Truth is being a dreamer can be tough. Just thinking about a process that you must go through to get to your dream can make you want to give up before you even start. Believe me I truly understand the feeling. I too am starting businesses, working on school and working full time along with being a wife and mother. It can be a lot.
But you know what I am going to say. No, we can't give up. It does take perseverance to win.

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