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

let-your-teen-help-ebook-coverThis 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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Why Taking A Break Never Fails

Sometimes I get too busy, and forget to take a break. This never has a good outcome. Click To Tweet

I might go all day, forgetting to eat and exercise. Forgetting to relax. Other times, I work so many days in a row, that, even though I’m breaking for meals and walks, I never feel rested. On these days, I’m generally working from the time I get up until late at night.

Why Taking a Break Never Fails by Shannon L. Buck  http://livethefreelancelife.comOur brains need a break from mental work, just as our bodies need a break from physical work. When we are exhausted from mental or physical work, our bodies let us know. We start making silly mistakes, getting cranky, and feeling overwhelmed.

No one wants those types of things to happen, so It’s best to give ourselves a break.

Go to your calendar. See what is open. Take the time now to schedule some downtime. And don’t let yourself feel guilty about it. Here are some ideas on how to begin scheduling much needed breaks:

  1. Set up easy mornings: Sleep in a little, wake up slowly. Do a few yoga moves, meditate, then shower and sip tea while eating a healthy breakfast.
  2. Spend at least 15 minutes after lunch journaling.
  3. Take a little time during your walk to sit by the river and think about something other than work.
  4. Schedule an entire afternoon off to hang with your bestest. Get your hair cut, go out to lunch. Enjoy some girl time.
  5. Schedule at least two days off each week. Three when you can swing it.
  6. Schedule holiday time off. If you have a career where taking the entire month of December off is a possibility, do it. Why not?
  7. Schedule three long weekends. One for yourself, one for a family vacation, and one for you and hubby.

Taking a break never fails because it rejuvenates you, helping with the flow of ideas and preventing silly mess-ups. Breaks will also give your mind and body a chance to relax, and are also keys to living a healthier lifestyle.

Only you know what will work best for you, and what you need. Take the time now to figure out what that is, and things will go more smoothly from here on out.

Shannon L. Buck

Top 10 Ways to Get Things Done

Top 10 Ways to Get Things Done by Shannon L. Buck http://livethefreelancelife.com

Photograph copyright Shannon L. Buck, September 2016.

I have a confession to make. I’m not always the most organized person, though I am trying to get better at all the organizational stuff. It takes time, through trial and error, for some of us to pull of organized, and I’m learning new things each year.

I’ve spent a lot of time simplifying, which has been a great help.

I've come across a few ways to be more organized, over the years, and I want to share them with… Click To Tweet

  1. I keep a journal of writing ideas, separated into sections with sticky tabs. One section for each writing platform.
  2. I keep a writing prompts journal for fiction, and recently went through them organizing certain prompts by story series I want to write. Each series has its own folder.
  3. I have meetings with myself. I keep a sturdy notebook for note-taking, and this helps me to stay on track. I usually have these meetings with myself at Aroma Joe’s, as a treat for all I have accomplished.
  4. I take unnecessary items, like papers, folders, and notepads, off my desk before starting work. Less clutter is better for concentration.
  5. I use todoist.com to organize different projects. I have an app on my phone that is easily accessible, for adding and deleting items.
  6. My back pack has an area for my laptop and folders, with a pocket for pens and other little necessities and another for notepads and post-its. I use it as my portable office.
  7. I bought a desk with the income tax refund for last year. It has shelves and drawers that keep most of what I need organized.
  8. Another sturdy notebook, sectioned off and labeled with sticky tabs, serves as my note center for information such as general marketing, product ideas, and self-publishing. This helps me to keep hundreds of little notes organized. I now have far less sticky notes and scraps of paper cluttering my desk now, stands, and other areas.
  9. I utilize folders in My Documents to organize digital files. This, for example, helps me to keep the files for an ebook, book cover, marketing plan, etc., all in one place.
  10. I have another journal for names. This journal is sectioned off with the labels Female, Male, and Surnames. These are the names I have come across and want to use in stories.

These tools help me greatly. Want to learn more about organizing, from someone who knows this task is not always an easy one? Get my eBook Organize Your Space and Stuff. It will help you with your organizing challenges.

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 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.

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It’s Time to Prep for NaNoWriMo…

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.… but I wont be joining in this year. I didn’t last year, either. Why?

  • Last year I was busy prepping a series of short stories for publication. These stories, part of the Tales from the Mountain book of short stories, were written way back in 2008 as part of my first NaNoWriMo experience. I enjoyed every second of that first challenge, and finished on time. I was ecstatic! The four stories I was prepping to publish are for sale now on amazon.com. That series, called the #CampSeries, consists of Rascal, A Trip to the Outhouse, Auntie’s Boyfriend, and Hidden Camp. Feel free to check them out! I am pretty proud of them.
  • This year I’m working on publishing things again. I’ll be publishing The Haunted Dinner Party this month, and prepping a few more stories for publishing after the new year. This prepping to publish process takes so much time, as do the marketing/self-promotional activities, there isn’t any time left over for writing an entire 50,000 words in 30 days.

However, I wanted to mention NaNoWriMo here on the blog, and share my experiences and tips from previous years.

I’ve successfully completed the NaNoWriMo challenge four times, and do plan to take the challenge again in coming years. I feel a great need to concentrate on getting my completed stories published right now. I have a bunch in last edit stage, and they’ll need covers and other graphics, front and back matter, and other finishing touches before being published.

Here’s some information on my successful finishes:

  1. Tales from the Mountain (Horror & Supernatural) 2008: A book of fictional short stories based on a mountain in Maine. Spooky tales not for the faint of heart. 50, 450 words. The word count grew and grew after the challenge, and the book got very lengthy. Last year I decided to split things up, and published the #CampSeries and a stand-alone story, with plenty of options for the remainder of the book.
  2. Tales from the Woods (Horror & Supernatural) 2012: Tales from the woods deals specifically with the horror that can happen within a heavily wooded area, where small communities exist but cannot really be counted as towns. Horrific and, sometimes, supernatural events take place in the woods. 50,068 words. Again, the word count on this manuscript kept growing and and still does, so I split up some of the stories last year. This year I published two of them as stand-alone stories, Bang! and Alone.
  3. Saving Us (Mainstream Fiction) 2013: What happens when government goes too far, infringing on more and more freedoms, making life impossible for citizens to live happily? 50,110 words. I haven’t had a chance to get back to this book because I’ve been working on writing more short stories. When done, this will be a collection of three or four stories, each being lengthier than short stories. Maybe novelette or novella length. I’m interested in seeing what happens with them!
  4. Willow Brook (Religious/Spiritual) 2014: Willow Brook is the first of a trilogy that is lovingly dubbed The Witch Town Series. The main character has an off-the-wall, magickal experience while on vacation with her best friend, that leads her thoughts back to the beautiful vacation community. 50, 076 words. This is an exciting one for me, and will be part of the Tales of Magick series. The first story is just about complete. Again, we are talking novelettes/novellas when finally done, if not full-blown novels.

These, with all the short stories, will be keeping me very busy in the coming year and beyond. I wont have time to start another book this year, because I want to work instead on getting more stories published. That is my main concern right now. I may join NaNoWriMo again next year, if I get enough accomplished this year and next. If not, I’m fine with waiting another year in order to get my works published.

All this isn’t to say I wont be writing new stories. I’m working on a couple right now, when I need a break from the publishing process. I suppose I’ll always be writing in some way.

Pre-NaNoWriMo: Each year, there is a list of stuff to do to prepare for a NaNoWriMo experience. These posts will help guide you through the process.

My NaNoWriMo Prep Week 2014: This was the year I couldn’t find a huge block of time to prepare for my NaNoWriMo experience, but I pulled it all off by plugging away here and there, as time allowed. I was actually worried I’d have a had time finding the time to write, but that was not the case. Thank goodness!

Getting Ahead, In Preparation for NaNoWriMo: I’m not an organized person by nature but, for some things, I know I have to prepare in advance if I want to get any work done. Getting ready for November first does take a little effort.

NaNoWriMo: Keepin’ It Real, Keepin’ It Healthy: With NaNoWriMo starting November 1st, it is a good idea to start thinking about how to get through that month as smoothly as possible. We want to come through the other end in relatively good health, physically and mentally. November, after all, is a darn stressful, darn busy, month. How will we each get through it?

NaNoWriMo Starts in a Month!: November is a hectic month, what with the visit up north to visit my daughter Skye, and work picking up at the inn. But I am planning to do the challenge again this year. I think the story I am going to work on is a part of what I am calling the Witch Town series, but I could change my mind before this month is over. It depends on what ideas I can come up with for the book.

What I did on My Pre-NaNoWriMo Day:  Well, last Wednesday I managed to make my plan of attack for NaNoWriMo. I am steadily working on the steps on this list in order to prepare myself for the November NaNoWriMo challenge.

NaNoWriMo 2012: I have previously took the NaNoWriMo challenge and completed it, and I am planning to take the challenge again this year for a work of fiction. November 2012 is NaNoWriMo! Will you join in? Today is Pre-NanoPrep Day, and I am here at the library finding out what I am allowed to do in preparation for a month of writing in November. I want to be sure that I have all my ducks in a row before the 1st.

Almost Time for NaNoWriMo!: Tomorrow is the first! I am so excited. Except… I have to work. Even though this is the case, I feel I should be able to at least write the introduction, as well as at least 2 of the 4 speeches that will be part of the book.

Planning for NaNoWriMo: There is a lot more to planning for NaNoWriMo than outlining and character sketches. A survival kit wont even finish off my planning. Why? Because there is more to my life than just writing. I have family, friends, neighbors, work, errands and chores. There is a lot to do before I can begin a month of writing.

My NaNoWriMo Prep Day 2013: Because I have today off from work at the inn, and because I am extremely excited over this year’s NaNoWriMo event, I am having a NaNo Prep Day.

The Survival Kit: In my opinion, mega important! What will you put in yours?

2014 NaNoWriMo Survival Kit: NaNoWriMo begins on the first! I am excited and nervous at the same time. I am going to be working on a new story, that I am not entirely prepared to write. I am doing what I can to prepare for November, hoping I get enough things done around my home that I wont feel distracted. As for preparations for writing, I have few notes and my survival kit has been mostly put together.

My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit: (2013) Last year I put together my first NaNoWriMo Survival Kit. This year I am expanding my kit to include other things I now know are important.

My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit: (2012) I am currently putting together my NaNoWriMo survival kit, to be ready for November 1st. It will include..

NaNoWriMo Updates: During the month of November, I’d give updates about what was happening during the challenge. How I was progressing and whatnot.

NaNoWriMo Update: (11/27/2012) The home stretch. A relief? Not so much, yet. No for me. I am behind, mainly because I missed a couple of extra days of writing during my vacation from, and the fact that I did not write on Thanksgiving. I am okay with this, however. I needed the break. I needed a little time to simply relax.

NaNoWriMo Week 1: (11/7/2013) Admittedly, I do not make much headway with my writing during the first week of NaNoWriMo.  This is due to the fact that i travel up north to visit my daughter for her birthday. This year she turned 24, and I went to her birthday party, as well as to a dinner with her boyfriends’ parents. It was an enjoyable stay, as always, that cuts 4 days from my NaNoWriMo experience.

NaNoWriMo Update: (11/20/2013) Busily writing away. I wasn’t sure about the genre, but I think it is going to work out fine. I am not completely liking using an outline, though. In some ways it is easier. In other ways not so much. Maybe I will get more used to it. Who knows.

NaNoWriMo 2014 has Begun: Yesterday I worked, NOT starting my book. But I knew I had today off and would have plenty of time to work on the manuscript. Anyone else a day behind? I am sure there must be others. Background noise (necessary) for my day of writing includes Baby Boom, Little Women, and the Grumpy Old Men Movies. Why? Because of the snow themes.

NaNoWriMo Update 11/11/2014: Well, my plans for writing on November 2nf did not pan out. See NaNoWriMo has Begun. I had the best of intentions, believe me, but the weather was so bad we lost the power for most of the day, after only a few hundred words typed. I was so disappointed. I won 2013, and am really hoping to win 2014 as well! Other things got done: What cleaning I could do without hot water, and project I had wanted to start was begun. But that was all I got accomplished all day. Then I was back to work, typing as I had the chance. But it was so busy, I did not get a lot done.

I won NaNoWriMo! Four times, though I only have three recorded here on the blog. And oh, what a feeling!

NaNoWriMo Winner!: (2012) I won! I won, I won, I won! How about you? Have you crossed the finish line yet? You still have time (at least in my part of the world), and I wish you much luck.

NaNoWriMo Update – I Won!: (2013) Now that I have had a break from all the writing, and was able to enjoy my holiday, I would like to announce that I finished the NaNoWriMo challenge on November 26, 2013 with 50,110 words.

I Won NaNoWriMo…: (2014) … with 50,076 words on November 25, 2014. The month of November, even though I start out so excited about the NaNoWriMo Challenge, is quite stressful, what with work and holiday stuff. But it is well worth my time and effort, and always exciting when I get to the 50,000th (or more!) word. I wish all my fellow NaNoers the best of luck, and congratulations to those who have already one. And, if you don’t win, congratulations for trying so hard. You will be further ahead than before, and you can always try again next November.

It’s true. The prep and actual writing takes much time, and can be stressful. But it is all worth it in the end.

Are you joining the NaNoWriMo challenge this year? If so, I hope my previous posts have helped you to prepare and that they gave you a good idea of what will happen for you over the next couple of months. I hope they portrayed well enough the excitement over winning this challenge.

Good luck along your journey, and email me if you have any questions or just need some encouragement. (shannonlbuck@gmail.com) You could also leave a comment here for the community.

Happy Writing!

Shannon L. Buck




Careers for Freelancers (eBook)

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.htmlInterested 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?

11 page eBook

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Batching Days

Shannon L. Buck livethefreelancelife.comToday I’m taking part in International Batching Day.

Because I have been so busy publishing eBooks as of late, I haven’t gotten to other things on my to-do list. Today is the day I’m catching up on these things, before I begin my tw0-double weekend at the Inn. I like to feel that I’m accomplishing enough in my writing before I go back to work, then I can do smaller writing-related tasks during my downtime at work. I’m lucky enough to have a front desk job, and a boss who lets me write while there – if there is time.

My goals are listed below, and I’m more than half done. This blog post is actually part of my goals list.

Today my goals are to:
~ Write and edit the last of this months blog posts for the fiction blog, and schedule it to post on the correct date. (Done! I published a new story, We Can See You, and this was the last of four posts to introduce it. You can read the first, Published! We Can See You, on my Author Blog.)
~ Plan the details for the photo shoot for the story I am publishing in October, making a list of props I need. (Done!)
~ 3 Blog posts for the freelance blog. (This post is the first one of these. I’ll finish all three, and schedule the last two, before the day is over.)
~ And two sales pages for the freelance blog, for two eBooks I recently published. (Done! The sales pages are scheduled to post here over the next few weeks. They will introduce my new eBooks, Careers for Freelancers and Let Your Teen Help As You Build a Home Business: While Learning Valuable Skills for the Future.)

As you can see, I’ve already finished most of what is on my list for today. Yay! Catch-up days help me to feel like I’m accomplishing important things and moving ahead in my writing life. I like that feeling.

I think everyone should schedule these days once-in-a-while, and I’m grateful Melissa Cassera implemented this day and I was able to follow along.

How did I prepare and go about my batching day?

  1. Last night, I wrote down the tasks I wanted to accomplish today.
  2. I set out candles on my desk. One scented candle (mulled cider), and 4 tea lights in candle holders. I love to work with candles lit, and with pleasant aromas surrounding my work space.
  3. I ordered extra Thai food, in the form of Fresh Spring Rolls and Siam Rolls, to have for lunch today. No cooking!
  4. I bought Chai tea and a fancy hot cocoa – treats for my day.
  5. This morning I packed my to-do list, laptop, charger, and favorite pen, and walked to Aroma Joe’s for breakfast. Apple-Cinnamon oatmeal, a health(ier) cookie, and two large mint Iced tea – nothing added. Yum.
  6. While there, I completed the first, second, and half of the fourth, items on my list.
  7. I walked home and lit my candles, and finished the fourth item.
  8. Leftovers for lunch were delicious and, after finishing this blog, I’ll be enjoying my hot cocoa while taking a short break.

Then I’ll write my last two blog posts, scheduling them to post here in October, and enjoy some Chai tea after dinner while relaxing with a horror movie.

Shannon L. Buck

Been Busy, Busy, Busy. How About You?

Do you ever get deep into a project and not even think about what other things need doing? Click To Tweet

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2016.That happened to me recently. I’ve been writing a new manuscript for this site, to share with you, and I’ve been working on a fiction book. I have also been building a new website for my works of fiction. Busy, busy, busy.

Sometimes I get a little carried away with things. How about you? It’s good to be busy, but we also need to remember that downtime is essential. It can bring you back to reality enough to realize that you may be neglecting other things, like posting to your blog.

It happens every so often, and I don’t worry about it too much. After all, I’m still creating things for you.

Does this happen to anyone else? It’s something I’m working on, for sure.

So, about those projects.

  • I’m creating a series of eGuides that should help you balance the important parts of life, from your career to things personal.
  • I’m working on a new book! Fiction this time around. I like to switch things up sometimes.
  • I made a new website I’m so excited about! It is for my works of fiction, and you can check it out here. Please do. You’ll learn more about me, and find some short stories to enjoy. This site is more professional in nature than the old blog.

What have you been up to lately?

Shannon L. Buck



Why I Wrote for Examiner.com

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright May 2016.While my main goal is to be earning a full living from my writing at some point, money is not the only reason I write. I also write to help others. By getting information out to people who may need it, I feel like I’m contributing to a greater good.

I had three channels with regular readers, but these channels did not really earn a lot of money. Not enough to live off, any way. It was only a revenue share site. The three channels weren’t meant to earn much, because they were meant to help. They were: Bangor Easy Meals, Bangor Frugal Living, and Bangor Single Mom. They aren’t only for readers in the Bangor area, people in different countries read them. You can too, but only for a limited time.

Examiner.com emailed their writers at the beginning of the month to let them know the site will be closing on or around July 10, 2016.

So I’m doing a few things:

  1. I’ve already went through my documents and the site to be sure I have a copy of each article.
  2. I’m deciding which articles, after some editing and adding to, I might be able to use on Frugal Recipes: Spending Less to Eat Healthy or Frugal Is Fabulous! These are my blogs.
  3. And I’m deciding how I might reuse other content, also after updating and editing. Maybe an eCookBook, an eBook for single moms, and some eBooklets or mini eGuides.
  4. I’m also considering starting a new blog for single moms. Or single parenting in general.

There’s plenty of material to do any and all of these things. I’ve had two of the channels since 2011, and the other since 2009. I’m going to miss writing them, but times are changing. It’s time to do some new things with all that information, after updating each.

This has added a little extra work on my part, but I think everything will work itself out in the end. While it was nice getting paid some here and there, I never counted on that money for anything important. It was not a reliable source of income each month. No set amount for payments.

Reclaiming my articles, and re-purposing their content, will allow me more freedom with any writing projects I use them for in the future. Freedom to do what I want, write what I want, is a huge plus.

While writing for those channels was fun, I’m looking forward to other things now.

If you wrote for Examiner.com, make sure you have copies of everything so you, too, might do something bigger and better with the content.

Happy writing!

Shannon L. Buck

Book Review: How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life

indexHow to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life – While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eyes Out With a Sharpie
Linda is one of my favorite authors on the topic of freelance writing and building a freelance business. It really wasn’t a stretch for me to buy this ebook, and I’m glad I did. I’ve read through the book, and am now working through the worksheets, and I can’t wait to get things in my life more organized and on track.

I love this book. It will be helpful no matter your career choice, and deals anything in life you want to accomplish. The ebook is well-written, and easy to follow along with while filling out the worksheets. On the days I feel like “poking my eyes out with a sharpie”, I can look back at this book and my worksheets, and know that everything will be okay and I’ll be able to get back on track in no time.

As a person who always seems to need to be busily working on something, How to Do It All is helping me to stay on track in each area of life. Thank goodness. I need all the help I can get.

This book, by the way, is a keeper. It gives advice on how to fill out each worksheet, as well as coming up with your own ideas when you want to do something else.

Write Now, Publish Later

Organize Your Space and StuffThis article was originally posted to the blog on January 13, 2013. It has been updated and was added to the content of my recent eBook, Organize Your Space and Stuff. All of the pre-2015 organizational articles, with the exception of What is Your Theme Word? Mine is Prepare were deleted from here, then updated and put into the eBook.

Here is the updated version:

My schedule is a hectic one. I don’t have the opportunity to write every day, but I want to start keeping somewhat of a schedule for my blogs and Examiner.com channels. Doing so will allow me to stay on track, and give my readers for each venue something to look forward to.

Each blog and channel allows me to write posts or articles and schedule them to publish on a specific date. By using these features I’m able to get as far ahead as I want with my writing, and have everything scheduled to post when I want. I’ll be utilizing this feature much more this year than in previous years.

During the busy season at the inn, I don’t have enough time to write regularly. In November (NaNoWriMo month!), I do not have time to blog much at all, and certainly no time to write articles.

By using this type of feature, I can keep everyone reading by doing all my work during the off season and scheduling it for later.

This means that, for the next two or three months, I’m working triple time: At the inn, writing current posts and articles, as well as doing marketing tasks, and writing for the on season.

Let’s see how it all works out for me.

How do you handle busy times?

July 2015:

It is possible to get all blog posts for a two week period written in just one day, scheduling each to publish on the desired days. If you write a few posts or articles each time you have a chance, you will be ahead of the game in no time. Simply write the post, edit, add a photo, and set the schedule.

If your blog is set up to do so, each post or article will also automatically post to specific social and professional networking sites. All you have to do is respond to comments.


  1. Write and edit a blog post, adding an image and whatever else you like.

  2. Schedule the post for a specific day, as well as a specific time if you have that option.

  3. If you have a day or two a week to set aside for writing blog posts, go ahead and do your best work creating a variety of posts and schedule them to publish every other day or so over the course of a couple of weeks.

Shannon L. Buck