(Freestyle Friday from January 4)
Welcome to your first Freestyle Friday email of 2019. This is your week-at-a-glance summary of everything that’s been going on throughout the week.
Let’s Rock 2019 Together!
As I’ve been mentioning for the last few weeks, my holiday chaos extended past just the regular holiday dates. Yesterday I had to take my Mom to a doctor appointment (I pretty much have to always go with her anymore, because she needs help remembering what’s discussed.) Today, I have an appointment of my own, so I’m out of the office for most of the day.
On Monday, my darling hubby John will FINALLY go back to work. LOL Not that I haven’t enjoyed the extra time with him through the holidays, but I’m ready to get BUSY!
I have some big plans for growing and some changes on the horizon, and I’m excited to start sharing some of that with you.
It will be a gradual reveal, because I’m still working some of that out for myself. Growing always means that something has to be let go, and as I mentioned before, letting go of things can be the hardest thing for me to do. I get attached to the way I do things, so when change is going to happen for me, I often take a long time to think things over and plan, and then once I’m ready it’s like I jump off the cliff.
So yeah, it’s scary. But also very exciting.
I WANT to continue coaching. In fact I want to maybe even do more of it this year, because helping someone find their way is SO satisfying.
I will more than likely be letting go of the services part of my business. That one’s hard. It’s one of those things that I had already scaled back on quite a bit, but I wouldn’t let go of completely.
Partly because it’s always been a source of income that I could use as a “back-up” and partly because I wanted to keep my skills sharp.
But I can keep my skills sharp by working on my own stuff, AND move my business further along at the same time. Holding on to the services part is holding me back. I know that, so it’s time to let it go.
I have considered taking on a few people to teach them how to do what I do, and then referring clients to them, since I do still get requests for that kind of work (mostly through referral, since I haven’t advertised that in a very long time.)
That’s something that I’ve got my planning pad out about, to see what that would look like. If you think that doing book formatting/design is something you’d be interested in doing for clients, let me know. I’ll keep you in mind when I decide what I’m doing about it.
I also plan to do some streamlining of my “regular” courses/workshops, and turn them into Evergreen Self-Study Courses, with optional coaching add-ons. And of course, I want to put out some quality lead magnets that funnel subscribers to those courses. My affiliates will be able to send people to those gifts and then earn commissions when someone buys something after they sign up. (You can get on my affiliate email list below.)
And finally, I am playing around with another idea that I think will be pretty great, but I’m still working out some details there, so stay tuned. That one will have to remain a surprise, at least for now. 🙂
I still currently have a lot of my old product delivery pages on my regular Freestyle Author website, but I plan to get everything moved out of there and into Kartra in the next couple of months or so. I’ve decided that the only thing I’m going to keep on WordPress is my blog.
Again, I DO tend to move slowly when it comes to big changes – until I don’t. Then I will take a big, seemingly sudden plunge. That’s just how I roll. LOL
True story: when I was 24 years old, living in the town I grew up in, divorced and working as an optometric assistant, there were some things going on in my life that just weren’t…satisfactory.
Things were percolating in the back of my brain for quite some time, and then one day, when I was trying to talk a friend’s high-school-aged daughter into joining the military, something just clicked.
I made 4 phone calls to 4 service branch recruiters asking for information to be sent to me in the mail. I heard back from 2. (Air Force and Marines.) I chose the Air Force strictly because their basic training was shorter.
The thing is, that decision LOOKED very sudden to most people. But my mind was seeking change for quite some time before I made that move.
I’ve spent the last year looking for change for my business.
This is the year it’s happening.
Now, let’s get to this week’s highlights and deals.
Here’s what’s on the agenda this week:
- Going, Going… – A ONE-DAY sale on a way to make money with super-short fiction.
- Business Topics – I have a fun gift for you in the Business Section this week, showing you THREE great ways to plan your products for 2019 using done-for-you content.
- Writing/Publishing Topics – Content Hacking is a GOOD thing! I love this one.
- *Moneymakers – For those “side hustle” items. If you’re interested in adding other streams of income, you’ll want to check here.
- Recommended Affiliate Programs – This is where I will tell you about affiliate programs you can sign up to promote and make money!
- Gift Corner – Check This Week’s Freebies.
Thanks for being a subscriber and ENJOY!
Flash Publishing Profits – Mike Nielsen has put this one on sale until tonight at midnight (no coupon needed.) It will show you how to write flash fiction stories and publish them as individual books. It covers how to structure and write stories as short as 800-1,000 words, and 4 different methods of structuring your stories into a series that makes sense.
Price goes back up after Midnight Tonight.
NOTE: Flash fiction is a great way to make some royalties AND hone your craft at the same time. And as further incentive to get this one right now, you can consider entering your best flash fiction in the Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Competition (for stories of 1500 words or less.) You can win magazine publication and some pretty great prizes, including up to $3000 in cash. The deadline to enter is January 14, so better get writing!
Coach Glue’s Planner Sale – I’m putting these planners in the business section this week, because I’m going to give you a little bit of a lesson with it on 3 ways you can use these planners for all year product creation and income. You can download your free tutorial below, but remember when you order your planners, use coupon code: 2019 to get your discount.
By the way, there’s a bonus mentioned in the free download too, so check it out and see three ways you can plan a year of products with Coach Glue Planners.
Content Profit Hacks from Amy Harrop is a 90+ page PDF training guide with step-by-step instructions for creating content FAST. It also includes over-the-shoulder videos AND a cheatsheet.
I love this one, because it shows how to produce a ton of great content, using mostly free online tools. Some of these I didn’t know about, but am sure happy to learn about. I wrote up a longer email with my review, and since Kartra doesn’t provide an email archive page, I’ve decided to start archiving emails on the blog.
Be sure to use coupon code: JANUARY10
You can read this one here:
This section is for those things that you may not want to be the full focus of your business, but that can earn you more money by adding them to your income streams. (Some side hustles can eventually BECOME the main focus, so if you find one you love – BONUS!)
Speed Profit System– Amanda’s content creation training will show you how to execute and create content for your blogs, books, products, etc. AND how to profit from it with both long-term and quick cash strategies.
Recommended Affiliate Programs
If you want to make money by recommending your favorite products and services to your list, this is where I’ll share some of the programs I personally recommend.
Cindy Bidar – Cindy’s products are an easy sell, and fans of her work buy again and again. She also has a 6-Figure Systems membership, which would mean recurring income! All of that adds up to easy money. If you get her Perpetual Profit Machine training above, you can use that information to set up funnels and put strategic recommendations to Cindy’s products and membership inside. (That’s what I’m doing myself!)
The Laptop Lifestyle Business Club – Once you join the club, you will want to sing the praises, because it really is a great community. And once people join the club, that means recurring commissions for you. Get signed up today and be ready to promote the big launch coming next month.
Join MY Program – With the new year just around the corner, you can look for me to start sending out new affiliate opportunities soon. My affiliate email list is ONLY for affiliate information and links. I don’t email other offers to that list.
NOTE: Do YOU have an affiliate program? If you do, and if you think your products might be a good fit for my audience, be sure to tell me about it. Send me the link to check out your products/services and to join your program. 🙂
In addition to all of the great products, books, and training that are available for purchase each week, there are also some fabulous freebies out there!
Freestyle Planner Brainstorming – In case you missed it above, this is a free tutorial on how to use Coach Glue planners to schedule your product releases for an entire year. (Details a bonus for buying through my link.)
A Year of Business Plans – If you haven’t checked it out yet, go get Angela’s Digital Marketer’s Business Planner, and while you’re there be sure to watch the video that she just added showing how she created a content plan for a full year.
5 Simple But Powerful List-Building Improvements – This on-demand training from Cindy will show you how to make improvements to your list-building that won’t take a lot of time, but WILL add a lot of money to your bottom line.
Karmic Mastery – Free Training: What it takes to truly change your karma and attract the positive circumstance you want into your life.
Free Soul Realignment Online Training Event – This is the one that will show you the powerful new training that I am currently going through myself. It reveals how to unlock our Divine gifts in order to manifest the human experience we CHOOSE.
Wrap Up & Submission Info
Hope you enjoyed this issue of Freestyle Friday Week-At-A-Glance.
Please always let me know what you like, what you don’t like, and what you want more of. And if you just want to share your thoughts or say hi, please do that as well.
I love to hear from you.
Much Happiness and Success!