Teleconference: The 5 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Teleconference: "The 5 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs - and Why You Must Use them if You Want to Recession-Proof Your Career"

Presented by: Deborah A Bailey for Downtown Women's Club
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
Investment: $49.00 (includes a Downtown Women's Club membership)/ FREE for DWC members
Deborah A Bailey, author of "Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life" will share the secrets of why entrepreneurial thinking isn't just for entrepreneurs! Learn how to apply the traits so that you can maximize your success in your professional and personal life.

  •   Five entrepreneurial success traits and how you can use them to advance your career, manage fear of failure and overcome self doubt if you're experiencing career frustration
  •   Strategies for staying motivated when you're facing challenges in the workplace and at home
  •   Ways to shift your thinking so that you can figure out what do next - change careers or make changes to your current one

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The Power of Commitment

by Jackie Lapin

Most of us are a paralyzed at the fear of making change, of letting go of what we know, of taking a risk. It is the nature of our ego to hang onto what's familiar...what we can be sure of. Why let go of a sure thing for something far less sure? And when we reach the precipice that requires us to jump, we fall back, afraid of that unknown future. Noted motivational coach and speaker David Neagle calls this The Terror Barrier.

Now you can waffle all you want. And just not decide. It's OK to assuage yourself with a life lived in fear, complacency or downright misery. Whether it's only one aspect of your life –relationship, career, addiction, personal development, etc.-- or all of it. And you can feel alone and stuck.

Or you can MAKE A COMMITMENT and watch the magic happen!

Here's where the ride gets fun! The Universe Rewards Commitment. Once you make a Commitment, all of the doors will open in your favor--in sequence! You may not know exactly how you're going to get where you've planned to go, but once you make The Commitment, you will be guided to the next step. And then the next. And the next one after that.

It's like that scene in just about every Indiana Jones or jungle adventure you've seen in the movies. The hero arrives at the chasm with no means across, and some wizened character says, "Trust—Just take the first step." And sure enough, a hanging bridge appears just as the hero's foot steps forward and with each step, more of the bridge appears.

That's the Power of Commitment. I'll bet that if you look back on your life, you can see this Universal Law in action. When you were passionate about something and you made the Commitment to move forward, all of a sudden the doors started to fly open, people you needed showed up, synchronicities appeared, everything just fell into place.

So what Commitment are you avoiding? Is it a big one or a little one? Does it involve habit change, career change, financial investment, home change, relationship change, releasing a co-dependent person from your life, addressing an addiction, or avoiding confronting a health challenge, for example.

So here's a good exercise to start getting you comfortable with the idea of Commitment. Write your Commitment at the top of a page of paper. Then make a list of pros and cons. Make sure to add on the "cons" such things as: "I'm unhappy. I'm afraid. I can live with what I'm making even though it's poorly paying and I hate my job. I don't feel well, but if I have the operation, I could be worse."

Then on the pros, write the upside: "I am so happy. I feel free. I have more money. My kids are benefiting because I feel radiant and can give them more of my time. I'm loving life. I have a great new home that I love. I'm living addiction-free. I don't have to worry any more now that I've had the operation.".... you get the picture.

Most of us focus on the risks, but hopefully this exercise reminds you of the extraordinary upside—and how could you miss when the whole Universe is lining up to help you once you Make The Commitment!

So stop waffling! Engage the Power of Commitment to create your dream and free yourself to move forward!

Just remember however, that once you reach the next level, you will likely again find yourself at a crossroads. You can fall back to fear, or Commitment and trust again because you know the exhilaration of succeeding through Commitment. Take that first step!

Jackie Lapin tours the world teaching Conscious Creation and Personal Frequency Management. She is the author of "The Art of Conscious Creation; How You Can Transform the World." Sign up to receive Jackie Lapin's life-changing fr*ee ebook: Beyond The Law Of Attraction: How Conscious Creation Can Help You Create The Blueprint For Your Future by going to To explore more books on Conscious Creation, go to Jackie's online bookstore for the Conscious Creator,, where you can also sign up to receive a Manifesting Tip a Day.

Dr. Donna Thomas-Rodgers on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Dr. Donna Thomas-Rodgers

Dr. Donna was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. As a child Dr. Donna did not talk very much in her early years. She used that time to take it all in. She knew that one day she would speak and she wanted to have something great to say.

Dr. Donna attended Detroit Public Schools and was awarded a ROTC scholarship to attend college. After Graduating from College, Dr. Donna served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer. It was during this time that Dr. Donna discovered her passion for leadership and changing the lives of those that she led. She realized then that she said had a great impact on those within her influence.

Dr. Donna served five and half years as a commissioned officer and then decided to change course and venture into Corporate America. She took a position with Frito-Lay in Orlando, Florida. During her time with Frito-Lay Dr. Donna has worked in every capacity of the Operations Function of the business. She has received several promotions during her career.

Dr. Donna has over 14 years of leadership experience. She is an expert in soldier, personal, leader, employee and team development. She has lead over 1,000 soldiers and 500 employees. Dr. Donna has conducted years of research and understands the components to achieving success in any industry.

Dr. Donna has the ability to transform people and organizations. She has a realistic approach to every situation. Her style is different than most. Her methods though unconventional are very effective.

Her vision is simple: Meet your potential!

Dr. Donna has a B.S. Public Law and Government, an M.S. Criminal Justice and a Ed.D Organizational Leadership. She's affiliated with Toastmasters International, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Women of Color Alliance.

Her certifications and training include Level III Inclusion and Diversity Training, Continuous Improvement Master Trainer, Region Performance Based Trainer and an Air Assault Badge.

How to Pick the Best Funding for Your Start Up

by Shannon Suetos

Companies need a few different things in order to grow. One of the most important things any company needs is money. Without money, there is no possibility to buy the things you need such as copier machines, office space and more. This is when you will want to turn to venture capital investors to get the money you need to grow.

There are a few things to consider before approaching a company for venture capital. By following a few simple rules, you will choose an investor who will understand what your company is trying to accomplish. You will also stand a better chance of getting the money that you need. You may even find along the way that you will get advice to help you to focus your business plan so that you will be able to find an investor. Following these ideals will help to make sure you not only get the digital copiers your business needs, you will get so much more.

Look for Investors Who Know You

Well, maybe the investors will not know your company personally, but they understand your industry and they know a good gamble when they see one. They will be able to see your business plan and know whether you have a winner or a loser of an idea. This will help to give them all of the information that they need in order to make a decision.

You can find these kinds of investors by looking at investors which have invested Venture Capital in other businesses in your industry in the past. They will not only be receptive to your request for a meeting. If you have made enough noise, they may actually know about your business and your potential.

Network Your Business

The different professional networks like LinkedIn and others will help you to discover those who are important investors in your market. The more you develop your own profile on these websites, the more you will be able to gain the attention of those you are looking to tap for an investment. You can even float questions which ask them to simply take a look at your plan and give you advice. Many will take the opportunity to help you focus your plan as well as point you in the direction of the investor who will be best for you.

Getting to Know the Investor

Venture Capitalist investors are looking for companies which will make them money. Their ability to make money is not based on a loan where they make back interest. Instead, they are tied in with your success. If they do not get what it is you are trying to do, they will not understand how it is that you will be successful. This is not only why you look for those who have invested in your kind of industry before.

If you have a business model which is slightly different or you are looking to turn the industry on its ear, you want an investor who enjoys a challenge. They will enjoy your gumption and will be willing to help you to succeed.

Shannon Suetos is a writer based in San Diego, California. She writes extensively for an online resource that provides expert advice on purchasing and outsourcing decisions for small business owners and entrepreneurs such as phone systems & voip service at Resource Nation.

7 Mistakes New Business Owners Make

by Deborah A Bailey

For many of us, starting and running a business isn’t something that comes naturally. In school we’re instructed in how to choose careers, not start businesses.

If this is new to you, you will not learn how to do it after just one class in marketing, sales or writing a business plan. You will have to adjust your entire way of thinking.

Here are some mistakes that new business owners should watch out for (some of them will be familiar to you even if you’ve been in business for a while).

1. Spending lots of money on things you don’t need.  If you aren’t selling a lot of products you may not need a shopping cart. Don’t plan on big product launches or obsess over having thousands of social media followers if you’re just starting out. You’ll be setting yourself up for failure if you try to follow the gurus (who have built their businesses over time) and believe that you can achieve the same success in 5, 8 or 10 easy steps.

2. Not wanting to spend any money on things you do need. There are a lot of free applications and online tools, and that’s great. But at some point you must start to invest in your business either by hiring experts to help you, buying tools, or by investing in training. You may be able to do lot of things on a shoestring, but if you want to grow your business you have to invest in it.

3. Wanting to stay in your comfort zone. If you are doing something you’ve never done (which is something business owners deal with everyday) then you will feel uncomfortable at times. If you let fear stop you from having new experiences, your business will suffer.

4. Letting other people define your success. At one time or another we’ve all been drawn into the group-think about what defines success. Is it making 6 figures? 7 figures? Going on exotic vacations? Having 20K followers on Twitter? There as many definitions as there are businesses. You can go broke following someone else’s idea of what success looks like. Yes, you can model successful people, but if you’re trying to recreate their experience it won’t work. Either you’re following your own path or you are not.

5. Not knowing how to sell. The good thing is that you don’t have to act like the stereotypical used car salesman in order to do so. If you believe in what you’re selling and you enjoy sharing it with others, that’s half the battle. However, don’t get caught in the trap of believing you can put your business on auto-pilot and it runs itself. It won’t. Even “passive income” products have to be marketed and sold. You’ll have to get out there and get the job done.

6. Believing that you can achieve huge results with very little effort. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are a lot of claims being made in order to cut through the noise and get our attention. Do yourself a favor and read the fine print. You’ll usually find something that says, “results are not typical.” Often the results that a few people achieve are represented as the average result of using a product or service. Don’t let desperation lead to you to make choices you’ll regret later on.

7. Not being clear on what you really want. What does your ideal business look like? Have you created goals for what you want to achieve? Do you have a vision for your life and your business? If not, it’s time to start creating one. If you don’t know where you’re going, how can you get there?

We can all learn from mistakes, so don’t beat yourself up for making them. Building a business is a journey, just be open to learning and growing as you go along.

Copyright © 2010 Deborah A. Bailey

Deborah A. Bailey is author of fiction and non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”Learn more at

How To Make "Meantime Money" to Support You As You Grow Your New Business!

by Mariana M. Cooper

Sometimes we have a passion that we love but don't have enough skill or enough clients to make a living yet.

When that is the case we need to identify 2 things:

1. Our ultimate Desire for our business and creating a training plan to getgood enough to sell it.

2. A secondary skill that we can use to make money NOW that is in the ARENA of where we ultimately want to be!!

This is key. The time that you spend when not working on cultivating your passion to make it business worthy, must be spent doing something you are qualified to do within the field of where you are going.

If you are terrific at accounting but want to be an interior designer start doing accounting for interior design firms.

That way you are getting paid to be learning the field as you go. Meeting people in the field and learning about what it really takes to operate the business end of your passion. In this case your "transferable skill" is accounting. It can be transferred to any industry.

I did this when I wanted to be a film producer but wasn't quite educated enough to make a living at it. I was working for a major telecomm company at the time as a marketing consultant in the sponsorship and promotions department doing entertainment marketing.

One day a film producer came in seeking sponsorship for a film festival on Martha's Vineyard. We sponsored the event and I got VIP treatment and met several big film contacts, one of which financed my first film!

So earning meantime money at something you are passionate about is very possible!

Your Marketing Step:

1. Take an inventory of your best skills that you know you can make money at.

2. Now list how you can transfer them into the industry that you are passionate about working in.

3. Contact firms/ businesses that make sense and offer your services.

4. Take note of contacts, procedures and policies that you would want to implement when you have your ultimate business up and running.

Your Manifesting Step:

1. As a special power booster take 60 seconds to close your eyes and breath. Make the statement: "Please bring me the best situation possible and make it known to me now!"

2. Take note of insights that you get throughout your day. Just 60 secs of focused attention will start the ideas flowing and great insight will begin to flow synchronistically for you.

Combine the Marketing and the Manifesting Steps and the AHA! Moments will not be far behind!

And Remember to Always Trust your Aha!

Author: Mariana M. Cooper, Aha! Moments, Inc. Intuition Expert and Mentor. For more information, products and services go to:

How to Edit a Book

By Sophfronia Scott

Editing is a very necessary, yet most maligned step in book publishing. But, as I shared with my students in a recent Business Book Bootcamp class, I believe this comes from both fear and a misunderstanding of the editing process. Editing is the step that makes your book shine, so don't skip it even if the prospect of someone else handling your work has you clutching your manuscript with numb fingers! If you don't hire someone else to do it, you should know how to completely review your book with a critical eye. Here are the 3 levels of editing you'll want to work your way through:

1.) Editing for Content
This is where you'll question whether or not the book "works". Is the material communicated well? Is it organized properly? Are there any missing parts or unintentional repetitions?

2.) Editing for Length
No one wants to carry around War and Peace, so make sure your book isn't any longer than it needs to be.

3.) Copyediting (also considered line editing or proofreading)
This level of editing involves checking punctuation, spelling, grammar and usage as well as cross-references and consistency in how you use key terms.

If you carefully progress through these levels you should end up with a publishable manuscript. Yes, it's a lot of work, but you'll find in the end it's worth it to achieve a book you can be proud of. One last bit of advice: be willing to let go of your work. I know it's hard to cut when you've worked so diligently to produce the words. But in the words of Cornish writer Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944), you must be willing to "murder your darlings" and, I say, be confident that more will come again.

© 2010 Sophfronia Scott


Maria Gamb on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Maria Gamb

As a former Fortune 500 trailblazer, Maria Gamb served for twenty-plus years as an executive in businesses valued at upwards of $100 million. What were her keys to corporate success? Blending creativity, divine inspiration, and straightforward communication. Now, as the founder, CEO, and "Chief Change Agent" of NMS Communications, she shares her vast business skills, life experience, and knowledge of universal laws to help executives and entrepreneurs alike claim their ability to lead profitable, effective businesses that are providing great value to those they serve.

Ms. Gamb believes that a new breed of leadership is emerging, which bridges the gap between the harsh practicalities of business and the intuitive nature of Spirit-and it's this gap that she bridges with her own lecturing and teaching.

Ms. Gamb's career has taken her across the globe. She has lived for significant periods in Australia and England and worked in countless others. Her understanding and appreciation of cultural differences and the inner workings of different kinds of industries and their leadership make her a force to be reckoned with in the global business landscape.

Ms. Gamb works from a loft in Brooklyn, New York, where she pursues her passion to help businesspeople transform the world through her one-on-one and group executive mentoring programs, sales of online products, and public speaking. For more information about her programs and services go to: She is also a journalist for the online powerhouse and a featured business expert in the new magazine Belle Petite. Her book "Healing of the Corporate World" is set for release on Oct 12th, 2010.

Email is Taking Over Mobile Web: What are You Doing About It?

by Shannon Suetos 

E-mail marketing isn’t anything new. Since the 90’s e-mail has evolved into our daily lives. There are RSS feeds we set up, and coupons from our favorite store and everything in between. With that said, a new study has shown that on average, more people are using their phones to check e-mail.

Nielsen is reporting that, “if all time spent on the mobile web was condensed into a single hour, US internet users would have spent 25 minutes in June checking email.” For online marketers that is hard to ignore. So what can you do to make sure your e-mail blasts are user friendly?

Smaller Screen Size

The space available on a computer versus a mobile phone is obviously much different. Mobile phones are smaller and that needs to be taken into consideration when sending out e-mail blasts. Large images and lots of text are not as user friendly when being viewed from a mobile phone. Instead of filling your e-mail blast with a bunch of fluff, make sure you are giving the facts you need only.

Constant Contact suggests, “include short blurbs, and link back to your website. That said, don’t substitute photos for text. If your readers have images turned off, you still want them to know what’s in your email. Be sure to include clear text descriptions for your photos.”

Test Different Platforms

View your analytics and see what devices your clients are opening their emails with. BlackBerry? iPhone? Android based? Knowing what the majority of your customers are using can again help you with formatting the perfect e-mail. Not everyone has a smartphone, so you also need to take that into consideration. Test your emails on different phones.

Call to Action

In most e-mail blasts there is a call to action for the reader. This could be going to a specific landing page on your site for a promotion, or a new blog post. Mobile should also have call to actions such as click to call and a mobile friendly website if a desired landing page is necessary. There is nothing worse than having your customer do the call to action and then getting frustrated because your website is taking too long to load.

Mobile is becoming more and more predominate for web browsing. Online marketing tactics are going to shift towards mobile friendly websites and e-mail blasts. If you haven’t thought about mobile, it may be time to start reading up on some useful tactics to help you get the exposure you need and rightfully deserve.

Shannon Suetos is an expert writer on payroll services based in San Diego, California. She writes extensively for an online resource that provides expert advice on purchasing and outsourcing decisions for small business owners and entrepreneurs such as small business payroll services at Resource Nation.

Ann Martin-Frey on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Ann Martin-Frey

I'm the Founder and Executive Director of an all volunteer 501© 3 non-profit called Homeless To Independence Inc. We have been an incorporation and non-profit since March 9th, 2006. We are based in the City of Trenton, NJ and are very active throughout the State of New Jersey. Our website is: and we service all 50-states plus the District of Columbia helping people with employment, housing – including emergency services, first time home purchases and affordable housing, and special announcements of needed services such as updates on food stamp, breakfast and lunch, weatherization and other various programs.

We help people in need – those that have lost their housing due to fires, floods, and natural disaster families from hurricanes that have been transplanted into New Jersey with finding suitable housing, furniture, clothing and other necessities, plus those coming off the streets.

In the past we have held a Homeless Walk in October 3rd of 2009 and recently held our 4th Annual State Wide Winter Coat Drive. At least two-weekends a month we pickup and deliver furniture to needy families throughout the State of New Jersey. We also service three transitional men’s homes in the City of Trenton with hygiene bags when men move off the streets and into a home full of soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving crème and shaver, deodorant, washcloth and many other items. As you can see we are a very active group.

I have received numerous awards from organizations such as the Ida B. Wells Award from the NAACP Edison/Metuchen Chapter, the Community Service Award from the Royal Priesthood Fellowship, honored by the NCADDNJ for my work with those in recovery, honored by the Garden State Bar Association for our work throughout the State of New Jersey and most recently the AAHPC Founder John A. Thomas Selfless Service Award.

WIMG radio has had me as a guest three (3) times and I have been featured most recently in the Trenton Times (Front Page), Trentonian and Star Ledger newspapers. The Volunteers of America featured Homeless To Independence Inc. in their August 2009 publication.

Ann Martin-Frey
Founder and Executive Director
Homeless To Independence Inc.
A Faith-Based Non-Profit
PO Box 22124, Trenton, NJ 08607

Three Steps to Your Quantum Leap

by David Neagle

I’ve been sharing with you some of the wisdom from Price Pritchett’s book, You2. Last time, I said that when you want to make a quantum leap, you have to quit trying harder.

More effort is not the answer.

If you want to completely change your outcome, you have to change your approach to the outcome. You have to shift gears, follow new patterns of thought and action.

Pritchett offers several strategies to help you make your own quantum leap. Here are three:

1. Ignore Conventional Approaches

Pritchett writes that we achieve conventional growth because we think along conventional lines. We make modest improvements because we’re not looking for anything more than that.

Quantum leaps require you to abandon the status quo, to ignore the usual.

I’ll be the first to admit that bucking convention is easier said than done. Unconventional approaches are going to bring to the surface any emotional issues or pain you may have around being unusual.

For example, you may fear being embarrassed or being considered “weird.” Perhaps, in addition, “big shots” were ridiculed in your family and neighborhood, so you fear losing love if you excel.

To counteract those fears, you have to recognize them when they come up for you, and then move through them. Take the action regardless of the fear. After you do that a couple of times, you’ll realize that your subconscious can scare you, but it doesn’t have to stop you.

You also have to become more solid in who you are. That way, your results won’t derail you either. If you fail, it’s okay. You’re not devastated by the failure because it doesn’t define you. And if you succeed, that’s okay too.

2. Get Ruthless About Doing Something Different

Pritchett writes that the you-squared approach requires an abrupt change in behavior. You have to get ruthless about trying something different. Look for a paradoxical move. Be illogical. Use finesse instead of effort.

For example, unlike the fly I told you about, if you’re banging your head against the glass, stop and look for an open door. If you’re pushing against the river, try going with the flow.

It’s crucial that you do something new. Faith in the familiar blinds you to better pathways. You may not know what that better pathway is yet, but as long as you rely upon what you’ve always done, you’re not going to find it.

However, if you break out of your rut, second-guess your routines, overcome the reliance upon your old methodologies, you will open yourself up to receive new, inspired ideas. And with those new ideas and actions can come the solution for your quantum leap.

3. Seek the Elegant Solution

While you’re experimenting, keep in mind that you’re seeking an elegant solution, an approach that is simple, precise, efficient and neat, less demanding of your energies and emotions. As Pritchett writes, it will be a deft move or a path of less resistance.

You really can accomplish more by doing less. But in order to do that, you have to think beyond what common sense would allow.

Do you recall my exercise from last time? I wanted you to ask yourself how you could accomplish ten times more in your business by doing less. What ideas did you come up with? Did you get discouraged because they seemed unrealistic? Or, did you trust, like I said, that if you have the idea, the way to do it will show up as well?

Go find your list and keep those ideas alive. Allow brilliance to strike. It may not come in the way that you expect, but it will come.

Solutions exist all around you. Open up your mind, experiment in your actions and let yourself leap.

© Copyright 2010 – David Neagle’s Life Is Now Inc., All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

David Neagle, Million Dollar Income Acceleration Coach, mentors entrepreneurs to quantum leap their current businesses past the 7-Figure income level in just 12 months. David invites you to download—as his GIFT to you—his legendary “Art of Success” 4-hour audio program. This audio series is a tremendously compelling and comprehensive program that demonstrates—once and for all—that Success has nothing to do with “getting” or “achieving”, and everything to do with WHO we must BE to manifest our hearts’ true desires. For an additional bonus, Join our Text for Success mobile messaging program! Simply Te xt: success to the number: 85800

Performing Artist gilli moon on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

gilly moon

gilli moon is a Hollywood based Australian artist, who delivers conscious music, art and a brave sense of self-expression in her energetic, sensual and expressive performances and recordings. gilli (pronounced as with a "J") is an illustrious poly-media artist, with multifaceted albums and dynamic live shows that have touched music lovers worldwide garnering high praise from the most jaded of critics.

She is the quintessential renaissance woman, with a ceaseless contribution to the creative and artist communities at large. She creates music that is fresh, rebellious, passionate and unique. ITunes has been unable to classify her. She stands alone. Her restless creativity and rebellious nature continually urge the artist to push the envelope when writing a song, recording in the studio, on stage, painting a canvas, or with whatever she touches.

Born in Milano Italy, and raised in Australia, gilli moon was brought up in a pioneering lifestyle on an isolated mountain property on the edge of wilderness. Now living in Los Angeles, CA for the last 10 years, Gilli has been one of Australia's most influential and iconic figures forging an independent path before anyone knew what "indie" was.

Through her own record label, Warrior Girl Music, gilli took on the music industry on her own terms and successfully produced and released 6 studio music albums, to critical acclaim, launched several artists' careers, placed an abundance of songs in film, TV and with other artists, and has performed around the world many times over. She has traversed the "wilderness" of the Indie world, where only the brave dare to go, and has conquered with unparalleled drive.

Her albums include "Girl In The Moon" (1998), "temperamental angel" (2001), "Woman" (2003), "extraOrdinary life" (2005) and "Skillz" (2009), the latter empowering at-risk youth (released with hip hop artist J.Walker). Just out of the studio with her brand new (6th) album, "the stillness", (2010), gilli plans to focus on performing, touring and marketing her new record.

Gilli has received numerous press for her courage, power and dynamic energy as an artist and inspiration for other artists, and has worked with other highly respected prominent artists including Simple Minds, Placido Domingo and Eric Idle (Monty Python). She was interviewed in Newsweek Magazine as a pioneer in the independent music business; and has been featured alongside Aimee Mann for her mutual success in the indie music scene in Music Connection Magazine. calls gilli moon a multi-dimensional artist who also designed and painted her album cover artwork, “a dynamic performance artist who paints as brilliantly as she sings." Billboard, who states she “beat the odds,” at making it in the music industry after moving from the Australian wilderness to Los Angeles, and who Artists for a Better World called “a female Elton John,” gilli moon is not only a unique, evocative and energetic chanteuse, but also has become a beacon for artists worldwide, inspired and motivated by gilli's story and her creativity.

She is the creator of Songsalive!®, the 16,000 international member-strong songwriter and composer non-profit organization, as well as the producer, through her label Warrior Girl Music of artist albums and compilations, which provide a platform for independent artists to be heard. Plus she has written two books about artistic entrepreneurial excellence, called "I AM A Professional Artist" and soon, "Just Get Out There" which are motivational handbooks for up and coming artists.

gilli moon's prolific output lead Newsweek Magazine, in an article about successful DIY singer/songwriters, to state, “For artists like gilli moon, penning pensive ballads in her living room using nothing more than high-tech tools and good business sense, they also represent a viable path to success.”

Gilli, whose music is called “smart, sensitive and perceptive in a style all her own,” and whose performances are called “elegant, sophisticated and revealing of the human heart,” by Music Connection Magazine, is also winner of numerous international awards, too many to list in this sheet, but all of which can be found at www.gillimoon.comm/discography, and her songs have also been featured internationally in independent films and television programs, including Nickelodeon, The WB, Disney, and CBS.

Gilli is never separated from her "art". She has dedicated her entire life to the pursuit of excellence as an artist, both in music, visual arts (she's also a painter and often paints onstage with her band) and multimedia. She explores every aspect of the arts, as creator, writer, performer, and making it all come to life, as producer. Her shows are highly energetic and powerful and she combines music, art, dance and little theatre into her show. gilli is truly a multi-dimensional experience. Her performance is full of action, her voice a tapestry of emotion and sensuality and her music an expression of pure raw emotion. gilli moon is unique, evocative and energetic and has a perpetual fire in her belly to purge her life stories and quest for truth through her music and art. Where 2010 takes her, can only be exciting and delicious, as she unravels her new album, the stillness. gilli leaps empty handed into the void and enjoys the journey along the way. Come take the ride with gilli moon.

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How Do You Survive the Pay Check Roller Coaster?

by Miata Edoga

Some of us like a good roller coaster ride. That feeling in your stomach as you look down the big hill.  The realization that you're voluntarily about to do something really, really stupid. It gives you a rush unlike many others.

I don't think anyone wants that exciting, seat of your pants rush with your pay check.

Sadly, roller coaster income seems to come with the territory for many of us. How do you control your income stream when it's difficult to predict what money is going to come in next week? How do you maintain a budget when you aren't sure what the next pay day will bring?

Much like quality acting demands discipline and preparation to create a performance that appears spontaneous, maintaining your sanity with gyrating income requires you to perform a few steps so that your money can work on autopilot. With your money system in place, you'll be better able to ride the ups and downs of pay days without having that pit in your stomach that the rent is due and you're not sure where the money is going to come from.

Here are the basics:

Step #1: Set up a business bank account that's difficult to reach.

You should be able to place money INTO the account easily, but our goal is to set up an account where withdrawals aren't easy. Cut up the ATM card for this account. All of your deposits should go into this account when you're paid. Don't hold back money from this account for "just in case" or "a little extra for me." You'll need the discipline to treat your career as a business for your financial system to work.

Step #2: If you haven't already, calculate how much you need to live each month.

We discussed briefly how to do this in our last two blog posts.

Step #3: Create an automatic transfer.

Now you want to set up a transfer of funds from your new business bank account every couple weeks to your personal account. The bank can help you set this up easily, and you may be able to do this with online banking. This is your "pay check" to yourself from your business. If you can't maintain your entire budget from this income stream--or if you empty the account too quickly--find ways to cut expenses and slow the stream so that funds consistently remain in the business account to sustain you during lean months.

Initially, it's important to make your transfers from the business account to your personal spending account small enough that the business account grows. Here's why:  you're going to have months when money isn't pouring in as quickly, and you're going to need this reserve to meet your basic expenses. This system works because you're able to calculate a minimum amount of money to transfer each month and stick to it. Regardless of this month's work schedule you'll be able to plan your groceries, rent, transportation, and other costs. Because you know how much you're going to be able to live on this month, that's one less roller coaster ride your stomach will endure this month. Now if we can do something about the casting call roller coaster....

That's the basic system. Easy, isn't it? Using a few steps you've successfully set up a program that allows you to:

    * Focus on your craft rather than on the next check. Although money is important, you have to be able to accept projects which are fulfilling or help you gain credibility for higher-paying jobs in the future.

    * Autopilot your financial picture. You'll want to review your automatic deposits and your expenses periodically, but by knowing how much you're depositing in your personal account each month, you'll avoid running to the bank to see how much you can afford for dinner.

In our next article we'll discuss how to look for a good bank account, but don't let that stop you from starting. Get moving now on your financial plan!

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The Origins of Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

US Dept of Labor website

Could Video Work for You?

by Shannon Suetos

A study conducted by ComScore is reporting that, “clips generated by Facebook users were watched by 41 million people in April, more than three times as many as a year earlier, when there were 13 million. YouTube grew 25 percent to 135 million unique viewers over the same period.” So what does this mean? If you aren’t using video as part of your marketing strategy, you could be missing out on a lot of potential customers.

Educational Purposes

Educating your audience on your product, service or even industry is a great way to pull them in. In a study conducted by King Fish Media, Hubspot, and Junta 42, they concluded that the number one reason marketers use video is for education. Video doesn’t have to be a costly production, and can actually be done for fairly cheap.

Just like writing, the video needs to have content that is useful. If you are producing an educational video—make sure it is just that educational. Have VALUE in your video, this will make the video more viral, and useful for your clients.

Great For SEO

Nate Elliot, a Forrester Research analyst points out that, “because of less competition, a video is about 50 times more likely to appear on the first page of results than a text page using the same keyword.” This is extremely important for businesses that may have a hard time competing with high volume keywords.

Before you load your video you need to have a home for it. YouTube is great for a number of reasons, and SEO wise it will get you indexed by Google right away. If you want to host video on your page, you need to make sure Google knows it is there. For now Google can’t read Flash files very well so, “the best way to appear in Google’s blended search results is to submit your video to Google using a Video Sitemap. This is similar to an XML sitemap, but is formatted specifically for video, and only contains information about your video content. It is submitted using Google’s Webmaster Tools,” recommends Fliqz CEO Benjamin Wayne to TechCrunch.

Inc. recommends to, “optimize the URLs of pages on your site [that are video] by including in them information about the page itself (In other words is a better URL than

The same logic should be applied to the page that contains your video: is a stronger URL than”


The best way to decide if a new marketing strategy is right for your company is to test it out. Instead of spending a lot of time making and producing multiple videos start with just one or two and see how it goes. Test the waters and see if video is a viable option for you. A quick search on Google can give you numerous ways to help optimize your video for SEO.

Shannon Suetos is an expert writer on POS systems based in San Diego, California. She writes extensively for an online resource that provides expert advice on purchasing and outsourcing decisions for small business owners and entrepreneurs such as point of sale systems at Resource Nation.

"PR Magic: How to Make You and Your Business Buzzworthy and Gain Coverage in TV, Radio, and Print"

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Ali's hosting a free one-time teleseminar on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 for everyone who wants to use strategic media and public relations to build their business and their brand. She will be talking with her mentor Anne McKevitt, a popular speaker and seasoned PR and media pro from both sides of the camera.

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Julie Barnes

Julie is a Freelance Writer, Internet Entrepreneur, and Artist.

She's passionate about entrepreneurship and enjoys writing about all aspects of the journey. Julie has interviewed some of the most inspiring entrepreneurs for her weekly column at Get Your Biz Savvy.

Her youngest entrepreneur was just six years old. Julie keeps her writing portfolio updated at her writing site

Julie is also passionate about health and wellness and enjoys sharing the Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge. For more information on taking the 90 Day Challenge go to

Julie loves mixed media art, crafting, and graphic design. She will begin working on an Associate in graphic design in Fall 2010. Julie is currently creating items for her Etsy store that will be opening soon at
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