Join the Financial Planning Challenge

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2016. https://www.amazon.com/Shannon-Buck/e/B01AIXHW0Y/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1I’ve already mentioned my freelance goals, but I have others as well. Personal finance goals. I, among other writers, am not yet to point where I’m making a great deal of money through my writing efforts. Finances are a bit wishy-washy, so it isn’t always easy to plan for things. My ‘day job’ can also be a bit wishy-washy, on the number of hours I get to work, but I’ve been told I get to stay at 40 hours during the slow season this year, so I get to look forward to that money.

I have two specific financial goals that I’ve posted on my blog, Frugal is Fabulous!:

  1. Finances – Researching Little Ways to Invest
  2. Finances: Separating Expenses

I’ve decided to also join the 30 Day Money Cleanse, put out by Personal Capital, and would love it if all of you would join me in the challenge. Read all about it on my blog Single Mom Family. Of course, the challenge is not only for single moms, it’s for anyone wanting to learn more about their situation. Let’s each get a better idea of what our financial situation is, and how to make our finances work for us for the future.

Where are you with your financial goals? Do you know exactly how much money you have coming in? Exactly how much you spend? Are you investing in your future?

Are you with me? Head on over to the 30 Day Money Cleanse post and read the article through, then let me know on that blog if you want to join us.

Happy New Year!

Shannon L. Buck

Want to Meet Your Goals This Year?

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29. 2017.Keep a constant reminder where it can be seen. There are a number of ways to do this:

  1. Print out a 5×7 copy of your goals lists. Frame it, and place on your desk.
  2. Attach poster board to the office door. Write out your goals list, providing a box or line for check marks. As you meet each goal, check it off!
  3. Tape the list to the wall above your desk.
  4. Keep the list taped to the top of your desk, right next to the laptop.
  5. Use your goals as the wallpaper or screensaver on the computer.

Can you think of any more? If so, please mention them in the comments or email me at shannonlbuck@livethefreelancelife.com.

Happy New Year!

Shannon

 

Green Your Freelance Business (eBook)

Kindle Cover Green Your Freelance BusinessGreen Your Freelance Business is a helpful book for the freelancer or anyone with an office. Discover many ways to green your business activities as well as your office. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, or if you’re looking for more greening tips, this is the eBook for you.

Green Your Freelance Business has been edited, updated with new information, and provides action steps to help you along the greening journey.

A bonus section at the back of the book offers three creative projects for freelancers. Have fun!

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Healthy Freelancer’s Recipe: Simple Smoothie

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright May 14, 2014.I don’t know about you, but I’m not feeling the greatest after the holidays. I need to get back to my healthy eating strategy, so I’ve been working on that this week.

Each day I’ve been making a smoothie to boost my nutrition intake. This is the simple starter recipe I’m using:

Ingredients

  • almond milk
  • 1 small banana
  • a handful of spinach
  • 1 egg
  1. Put ingredients in a blender.
  2. Cover and blend everything well, adding ice if desired.

To this, I might add some other goodies, such as a few slices of cucumber or carrot, frozen berries, or a peach and Romaine lettuce.

It’s all about keeping it clean and healthy.

Looking for other smoothie recipes?

Smoothies are quick and easy to make. When the blender has been emptied, put a squirt of dish detergent in it with some water, cover and give it a whirl, and then wash the container and the cover. Easy-peasy.

Join me in getting back on track nutrition-wise.

Shannon L. Buck

Fun Personal Projects for Writers: Easy Desk Decorations for Winter

I took my trees and Yule decorations down a few days after Christmas. I wanted my desk back, and that is where my trees were set up in front of the window. Each winter, after taking down holiday decorations, I decorate for the winter months.

Usually, the projects I post here are at least somewhat related to writing. But not today. These easy desk decorations for winter will spruce up your desk and leave it feeling a little more cozy.

And why not? We can be creative in more than one way. Why not let our creativity shine through by crafting and doing things other than writing.

As you can see, I did three projects for my desk. They were super-simple to achieve, and the overall effect is nice.

The Tea Light Candle Holders

I have three tea light candle holders of varying height. I always decorate these according to the season, and sometimes they end up on a corner of my desk. They are clear and each has an insert for a tea light.

I used light blue beaded garland from Yule, and let a strand nestle slowly at the bottom of each receptacle. Then I placed a pine cone in each. For the shortest one, I had to squish the pine cone down into the beads in order to fit the top in place. Once the tea light holders were in the receptacles, I simply placed a tea light in each.

Voila! A candle set-up for the corner of my desk.

The Filled Vase

Another super-easy project, this time using a clear vase. I let a strand of silver beads fall gently into the bottom of a vase, then added silver ribbon I had previously used for a wrapping project. Next I let another string of silver beads settle over the ribbon.

Such a quick project for the desk.

The Filled Snowflake Bucket

I have this bucket, brown with a snowflake design, that came to me as part of a gift a couple of years back. It isn’t very tall. The picture next to it is a 5×7. But I wanted to use it at one corner of my desk, opposite the tea light holders. I thought it would go well with the framed picture.

All I did was let a short strand of silver garland fall into the bucket. It came to the top. Then I placed a pine cone on top, at the center, and a little wooden snowman at the back. Before setting the bucket on my desk, I also added some beaded icicle ornaments (purple and clear) around the inside edges, being sure to push them down as far as they would go. This way you only see the tops of the ornaments.

Another easy-peasy desk project, to be sure.

Zero Cost Projects in No Time

These projects cost me nothing, because I used materials I already have on hand from the holidays. And it took less than 5 minutes to create them all.

I think the grouping of the vase, the bucket and picture looks lovely, and I like the grouping of tea light holders at the opposite end of the desk.

How are you decorating your desk for winter? Please share in the comments, or by emailing me at shannonlbuck@livethefreelancelife.com. And please send pictures!

Shannon L. Buck

What Are You Excited About This Year?

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright February 28, 2016.A new year brings excitement to my life. How about yours? Just the thought of accomplishing new things, or finishing up projects worked on for so long, has a way of getting me excited and revving me up. I can’t wait for new challenges, and to check things off my to-do list. (Yes, I am a to-do list kind of gal.) There is a real happiness factor in a new year for me.

Is it the same for you? I hope you are just as excited as I am.

This year I’m excited for a few things, as far as my writing goes:

  • Editing and republishing a few nonfiction eBooks.
  • Editing and publishing more stories.
  • Writing new stories.
  • Getting organized.
  • Planning a few projects I want to work on in coming years.
  • And getting the first eGuide out to you here on Live the Freelance Life.

I just can’t wait to get started!

What are you excited for this year? A new book project? Building a new website? Whatever it is, I’d like to here about it. Comment below, or email me at shannonlbuck@livethefreelancelife.com.

Happy New Year!

Shannon L. Buck

 

My 2017 Theme Word: Organize

Photograph copyright Shannon L. Buck, December 31, 2016.I’ve done theme words or phrases the past four years: Prepare, Be Creative, Simplify, and Courage. I was pretty darn successful at each of these, and have decided I like theme words and goals better than resolutions. They work for me.

My 2017 theme word is:

Organize

And boy do I need it! I’m not just talking about my writing life, either. I need to find ways to organize the room I rent to make it feel more cozy and tidy; more homey. I’m planning on a year of organizing everything I possibly can, from home to personal stuff to business.

It should all keep me pretty busy.

As for organizing my writing life, I want to:

  • Set up a system for tracking stats.
  • Post about my checklist for manuscript to-do’s, after updating the existing one.
  • Order more folders for filing.
  • Revamp physical file system.
  • Go through all manuscript folder checklists to be sure I have done everything I wanted to do for each published manuscript. If not, do it!
  • Set up the file folders.
  • Attack my email in-box and rethink folders.
  • Get everything in the cloud, as well as on flash drives. Let’s just say I want multiple ways to save things. Just in case. Excessive? Maybe. But I’m okay with that.
  • Keep track of all the places each manuscript is published.
  • Create my own to-do list for necessary things to do monthly and yearly.
  • Posted about how I use todoist?
  • I need an administrative day each week.
  • Does my subscription tracker on the site need updating?
  • Posted about Evernote yet? Story outlining, note-taking, character development, research.
  • Set up a simple record-keeping system, to go along with my yearly tax file.
  • Take pictures and unnecessary stuff that will go elsewhere off Google Drive & Dropbox. Make sure each items gets to the right place, or is deleted if no longer needed. Make a list of what type of information I put where.
  • Create a physical folder for each site: List all articles, date published/republished, etc.
  • Tweak my marketing plan.
  • Edit manuscript.
  • First eGuide for the site. (Started this last year, but didn’t get as far as I wanted.)
  • 1 card just for freelance income and expenses. (New Year Goal: Separating Expenses)
  • Make plans for a couple of columns I’d like to write. Organize my ideas in a cohesive manner.)
  • Plan future projects in an organized way.
  • Practice using voice recognition software.
  • Learn how to make good use of Buffer.
  • Type up processes for easy access when I need to remember how to do things.

As you can see, I have a fair amount I want to accomplish this year that will make my space and processes more efficient. Will I get to everything? Not sure, but I know I can put a good dent in things. That is what’s important. Anything left over can be done next year, but I intend to get most done before then.

There is much I want to do for all of you, and getting myself organized will help me to do it all.

What is your theme word for 2017?

If organization is in the works for you, then read my Organize Your Space and Stuff by Shannon L. Buck Organize Your Space and Stuff provides take-aways such as ideas for organizing projects and record keeping, as well as keeping track of successes. https://www.amazon.com/Organize-Your-Space-Stuff-Freelance-ebook/dp/B01BIEZYHK/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8book Organize Your Space and Stuff.

Organize Your Space and Stuff is a compilation of many articles from How to Live the Freelance Life. Each article has been expanded on for this book, with updates on how things have changed, and action steps to guide you in setting up and keeping up with your office or office space.

A bonus section at the back of this eBook gives the reader creative projects that will aid in furthering their career and brightening their day. These projects are not to be missed. They are fun!

Organize Your Space and Stuff provides take-aways such as ideas for organizing projects and record keeping, as well as keeping track of successes. Organizing the way you do business does not have to be difficult. The eBook offers advice from someone who has tried many things, before beginning to get it right. It also offers recommendations for having a ‘greener’ office environment, and advice for keeping what you need on-hand, so it is available when needed.

I’d love to hear about your theme word, goals, and/or resolutions, as well as your plans to make this a successful year. Comment below, or email me at shannonlbuck@livethefreelancelife.com.

Happy New Year!

Shannon L. Buck

Give Your Business a New Year Gift

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Are you thinking about ways to expand on your business this year? Or maybe you want your family to be involved in your business efforts? Consider getting your business a gift this year. After all, who knows what your business really needs better than you.

I’ve given my business a number of things over the years, including a tablet and eBooks related to writing.  One year I ordered a copy of The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman, I love gifting my business each year, and doing so helps to keep me motivated in the new year.

What might you give your business this year? Here are some ideas to get you started: Click To Tweet

  • Have you been wanting to create a website you can move your free WordPress or another blog to? I like using HostGator for this purpose. The transfer is easy, and the price is reasonable.
  • Are you going to bet setting up and office this year? Looking to do so in a green way. Read Green Your Freelance Business by yours truly, and feel good about your space.
  • Pick up decorative notebooks or journals for note-taking and project planning. And don’t forget pretty pens!
  • Check out the offerings over at Freelance Writers Den, and look at their boot camp options.
  • Pick up a new laptop if you need to upgrade.
  • Are you planning to organize your office space in the new year? Read Organize Your Space and Stuff. I wrote it for this site, to help the freelancer, and it will be a huge help!
  • If you’re trying to figure out how to expand on an existing business, or what type of business is right for you, read Careers for Freelancers.
  • And if you want ideas on how to get your family involved in helping you to be successful, read Let Your Teen Help As You Build a Home Business – While Learning Valuable Skills for the Future.

There are plenty of things you can do to help your business along in the new year, and it is exciting to do nice things to aid you in building success.

(NOTE: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links for products and services I use or have used in the past. The money earned helps me to keep this blog running. Those funds are put to good use here. Thank you!)

Love, Peace & Joy,

Shannon L. Buck

New Year Goal: Stop Multitasking

Photograph copyright 2016 by Shannon L. Buck.Sadly, I’ve done this far too much. Been in the middle of so many things that I’ve lost track of where I was, or completely forgotten some of the things I was supposed to be doing. Only to look at my multiple lists later on and realize I hadn’t accomplished some of the things I was supposed to do that day.

Not fun, especially when you have to then turn around and finish those things, even though you thought you were done.

Often times I’d start a project, then get off track because another idea would pop into my head that sounds so good I’d have to work on that for a bit. This might happen multiple times a day.

When I multitask, I don’t accomplish much. This craziness is why I’m trying to stop multitasking.

What I’m training myself to do is keep a notebook next to me while I work. When an idea pops into my head – and this will happen multiple times throughout the day – I’m just going to write it on the notepad with a quick note explaining what I want to do, then get back to work.

This way, I’ll be staying on track without losing the ideas. I’ll do the new tasks at another time, and I wont be moving back and forth between projects.

Not multitasking will go hand-in-hand with my theme word for the new year: Organize. (More on this theme word in a later post.) How? I’ll be organizing my time better to make sure I’m working on important projects throughout the year.

What are your goals for the coming year?

Happy New Year!

Shannon

Give Your Business a Gift

Photography by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2016 http://www.lulu.com/shop/shannon-l-buck/let-your-teen-help-as-you-build-a-home-business-while-learning-valuable-skills-for-the-future/ebook/product-22872069.htmlHi all! So far this year I’ve given my business a couple of gifts. A new tablet because the old one no longer has sound. Not sure why, but my brother-in-law is benefiting from this tragedy with a tablet he can use as a back up or to take apart and tinker with to see how they work. Personally, I’m hoping for the latter. He’s always fixed our computers, and it would be great if he could figure out how to do the same with the newer technology.

I also bought The Renegade Writer OMNIBUS: Best of the Renegade Writer Blog 2006 to 2016 by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell.

Buying gifts for my business makes me feel good because I know I’m buying things that will help my writing career in the coming year.

I’d like to offer up information on my eBooks, that would help you along your writing career. I know you’ll take many good ideas from them and that you will be able to put those ideas to good use in furthering your own writing career.

Organize Your Space and Stuff by Shannon L. Buck Organize Your Space and Stuff provides take-aways such as ideas for organizing projects and record keeping, as well as keeping track of successes. https://www.amazon.com/Organize-Your-Space-Stuff-Freelance-ebook/dp/B01BIEZYHK/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8Organize Your Space and Stuff

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Organize Your Space and Stuff is a compilation of many articles from How to Live the Freelance Life. Each article has been expanded on for this book, with updates on how things have changed, and action steps to guide you in setting up and keeping up with your office or office space.

A bonus section at the back of this eBook gives the reader creative projects that will aid in furthering their career and brightening their day. These projects are not to be missed. They are fun!

Organize Your Space and Stuff provides take-aways such as ideas for organizing projects and record keeping, as well as keeping track of successes. Organizing the way you do business does not have to be difficult. The eBook offers advice from someone who has tried many things, before beginning to get it right. It also offers recommendations for having a ‘greener’ office environment, and advice for keeping what you need on-hand, so it is available when needed.

Green Your Freelance Business by Shannon L. Buck Discover many ways to green your business activities as well as your office. http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/shannon-l-buck/green-your-freelance-business/ebook/product-22600904.htmlGreen Your Freelance Business

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Green Your Freelance Business is a helpful book for the freelancer or anyone with an office. Discover many ways to green your business activities as well as your office. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, or if you’re looking for more greening tips, this is the eBook for you. Green Your Freelance Business has been edited, updated with new information, and provides action steps to help you along the greening journey. A bonus section at the back of the book offers three creative projects for freelancers. Have fun!

A Freelancer’s Helper

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In this special report, A Freelancer’s Helper, I will show you the value of having people to help you with every day tasks while you work. Each person will have different needs, and this report will help you to decide what help would be best for your circumstances.

* A Mother’s (or Father’s) Helper

* A Part-Time Housekeeper

* A Yard Worker

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Careers for Freelancers by Shannon L. Buck – Interested in building a career from the comfort of your own home? Or expanding on the career you’ve already created? http://www.lulu.com/shop/shannon-l-buck/careers-for-freelancers/ebook/product-22871912.html

Careers for Freelancers

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Interested in building a career from the comfort of your own home? Or expanding on the career you’ve already created? Written with you in mind, this edited and updated 2nd edition of Careers for Freelancers has more ideas for you, updated explanations, and estimations on how much can be made within each career choice. Learn about new career options and side hustles. Then decide what interests you. Buckle up and enjoy the ride. There are many opportunities out there. Which one(s) will you choose to further your career and earn a bigger income?

Let Your Teen Help As You Build a Home Business: While Learning Valuable Skills for the Future

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This 2nd edition of Let Your Teen Help As You Build a Home Business: While Learning Valuable Skills for the Future, has been edited and updated, with more information on the important ways that your teenager can help out during this transitional period and beyond.

By coming together as a family, it’s possible to successfully create a career you can have from home. With your teen as part of your team, you will go far.

Teens can be a big help with:

* Helping with some of your business tasks.

* Teaching you about technology.

* Helping you to plan different aspects of the business.

* Helping with their siblings sometimes.

* Helping out around the house.

By having your teen help out they’ll learn valuable skills to take into adulthood, to use at home and in their career. This will put them ahead of other young people who were not given these opportunities.

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Enjoy these eBooks in the coming year, and let me know what you found helpful and what you’d like to see here on the blog.

Shannon