Does your job make you THIS happy?

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What are some of the reasons why people aren’t working in their dream industry in their dream position?

Nursing was only one of my dreams which occasionally floats off into the background. Writing is my passion because it really consumes me.

When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing!

What’s stopping you from living your dream?

My Biggest Start-Up Mistake

If there’s one thing I wish I was told before I announced my small business dream to the world, it would’ve been “take your time”.

I in no way rushed into my business planning and development, in fact I spent countless days and weeks wondering how, what, when, where and most importantly why I needed to follow this dream.

But still, in the first few weeks, I got caught up in taking so much advice on board, that I basically stopped listening to my instincts.

These few words sum up the “struggle” I faced in my first few weeks. I forgot I needed a decent amount of sleep. As soon as my kids went to bed, I went hammer and tong into research, business development, networking and didn’t get much actual writing done. And writing is what I do. I forgot that.

My health began to suffer {thanks to the lack of sufficiently deep sleep} and all I could think of when I was at my paid job was “what should I be researching now” or “who should I contact next” or “which seminar would be more beneficial to attend”.

I was trying to do too much at once. It’s always been one of my downfalls and it was my biggest start-up mistake. My writing process was messy and needed refining. There was too many ideas to put into practice, floating around in my head. My head was like a blender grinding with the lid off.

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Slowly, my belief in my abilities as a writer and as a fledgling businesswoman grew. I’ll always be developing my service and my skills to enhance my business and my relationships but taking a breather, taking a step back and slowing down really, REALLY helped.

I complete one task before I start another. I take time out. Stress is kept to a minimum. It feels good because I’ve really learned a lot from my clients, prospective clients and colleagues, my family and my friends. Most importantly, I’ve come to expect only my best from myself, nothing more. That’s all anyone can give.

If I could give new business owners one piece of advice, it would be take your time and ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER.

 

 

Little Red’s 2014 Info- Jot This Down

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My opening hours {January 11th onwards} for 2014 are as follows:

 

Monday-Wednesday 5-9pm

Thursday-Friday 8-4pm

Sat-Sun 9-1pm

 

Have to jiggle a bit to fit round my children’s committments for the week and my “real life” job!

 

My contact details

Email: lauren@littleredwritingsolutions.com.au

WWW: soon! {real soon}

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LRWSolutions

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LRWSolutions

 

Ten Reasons Why Being a Writer is the Best

  1. I can’t lose my job because I work for myself!
  2. I can learn new words every day, it’s like I’m an excited little girl in primary school again. In fact, I’m ALWAYS learning new things
  3. My writing time is flexible
  4. My work doesn’t feel like work. Instead my work should read my “work”. That’s how little like work-work it actually feels
  5. I’m a big talker so I never really feel lost for words. If people don’t want to listen to me, I can always write it all down!
  6. I meet new people every day and learn about different trades and industries
  7. Nothing else feels so right as a career choice
  8. I make ideas come to life
  9. I encourage people to think before they act
  10. It’s something I could do (and will do) every day for the rest of my life

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Do you really love your job? Have you found your dream job?

Little Red’s Top Ten Text Tips for Small Business

  1. Make your point quickly and move on
  2. Know your grammatical rules- know the difference between nouns and verbs
  3. Become friends with spell check
  4. For every sentence you write, write it only once. then proof read it twice.
  5. Switch it up between formal, semi-formal and informal language
  6. Make sure your words have a purpose and encourage the reader to act
  7. Use logic- simplicity, structure
  8. Your text should be easy to read, thanks to bullet points, headings and paragraphs
  9. Did I mention proof reading? Proof read for a third and final time
  10. If you can’t get it right, hire someone who can.

Check out Little Red Writing Solutions on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/LRWSolutions

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A {little} Reminder

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Who?

Lauren Jeffery is the director and writer, Australian Small Business Owners are her market

What?

Little Red Writing Solutions is a Copy Writing Service

Stay tuned for an updated Service Brochure!

How?

Small Business Owner {A} contacts Lauren

via email: lauren@littleredwritingsolutions.com.au;

via phone: 0432 394 391;

via Faceboook: http://www.facebook.com/LRWSolutions;

via Twitter: http://twitter.com/LRWSolutions with a brief outline of their content {and context} requirements, Lauren provides an obligation-free quote with appropriate contractual details and the partnership grows from there

When?

Little Red Writing Solutions is open for busy-ness Thursday-Friday 0800hrs- 1700hrs and Saturday-Sunday 1000hrs-1600hrs {please contact Lauren via email with enquiries outside of these hours}

Where?

Based in Melbourne, Little Red aims to assist small business owners Australia-wide with a variety of business writing and social media content needs

 

Follow me on:

Twitter {LRWSolutions}

Google+ {Lauren Jeffery}

Facebook {LRWSolutions}

LinkedIn {Lauren Jeffery}

 

Lauren @ Little Red 

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Little Red & Her Research- I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours

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This weekend in particular, I am focusing on learning more about content marketing specific to small business and copy writing, copy writing with SEO in mind ( can never know enough about this, there are new scholarly articles out daily!), the chances of creating a viral post and B2B versus B2C. My short-term research goals are to:

  • learn at least 5 new words a day (which I’m achieving 5 times over each day)
  • spend 2 hours or more researching anything small business, copy writing and marketing EACH DAY (and yes, I am keeping copious notes to prove I am also achieving this goal)
    • I love a good researching session!
  • to get some responses from my readers about what they are keen to research and learn more about and where their best resources (that they are willing to make public knowledge) are hiding in the digi-sphere
  • to create a list of resources for small business on this blog, which we can all share and update as needed- what do you say to that?

 

Where are your great sources of rich, abundant streams of useful information?

I’d love to know where you go to find what you are looking for in terms of new information for your small business, your blog or your latest project at home. I use social media, scholarly articles and print media. As well as word from industry professionals and friends/family in business.

Comment on this post if you have anything research-related that you’d like to share. Let’s collaborate and elaborate!

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LEJ