Business Ideas and Inspiration

Networking Tips for Introverts (and Everyone Else)

By Candace Schilling | July 16, 2018

Three years ago, I walked into a large, Atlanta-area networking event, turned and walked right back out again. Friends said I was brave, moving across the country a few months earlier to a city where I knew no one. (I do not recommend this.) I’d weathered too many winters in a cold Illinois town, and…

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Is self-publishing right for you?

By Candace Schilling | July 1, 2018

Some of the most powerful advice I’ve ever read about self-publishing came from a worm farmer who published her own book more than 30 years ago. While “celebrating the value that small presses contribute to society,” she highlighted several timeless benefits of self-publishing, including the opportunity to exercise creative control over her work. “My goal…was…

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Here Comes Grace

By Candace Schilling | June 10, 2018

I love watching people, especially kids who punctuate their unedited happiness with uncontainable energy. “Ohhh,” I heard a man say, as he reached out to a little girl running full-force in his direction. “Here comes Grace!” A different type of kid I spotted a goat standing in a small field next to a rural highway…

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Slow Love

By Candace Schilling | May 27, 2018

Note: It must be summer in Georgia. I performed my first turtle rescue of the season last week, lifting a large specimen off the road after two vehicles dodged him. In honor of adventurous turtles and acts of kindness, let’s revisit this post from July of 2017. The first Georgia turtle I rescued was downright…

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I’m on The Freelancer Head Start podcast this week.

By Candace Schilling | May 14, 2018

If you missed my Atlanta-area presentation, Minding Your Own Business, you can catch some highlights in this interview by Marion Owen of The Freelancer Head Start podcast. We talked about some of my favorite topics, including “joy points” and how treating yourself like a client can improve your business and your content. (Thanks, Marion, for…

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The Beauty in Discarded Drafts

By Candace Schilling | May 2, 2018

The files stacked in the photo have a story to tell you. This paper testament shows how I’ve spent a significant number of evening and weekend hours for more than two years. They’re not going into the next draft of my novel, but these discards also don’t belong in the recycling bin. Learning to write…

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Easy Content Upgrades for Your Website

By Candace Schilling | May 1, 2018

Update: I added a note about the use of HTML tags to open new windows in one of the “bonus tips” below. A solid website is never complete because businesses change and grow, and visitors love fresh content. After auditing a client’s digital properties, I offer specific feedback as well as general tips like these. 1.…

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Healing, Love and Peace

By Candace Schilling | April 29, 2018

The rosebush featured in this post, originally published in May of 2017, has struggled through the extremes of heat and sudden chills this month. But I have faith she will make a strong comeback. You can also find this essay on Positively Positive as “Healing Is a Journey, Not an Event.” This rose, a hybrid…

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Hiring a Website Design Team

By Candace Schilling | April 21, 2018

Your budget matters, but creating or redesigning your website is a lot like building a house. Since the ethics and experience of your contractors will vary, any estimates you collect are just one factor in your final decision, and you’re counting on the contractor you hire to deliver quality work as promised, often using a…

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Fake Quotes Revealed

By Candace Schilling | April 16, 2018

I was searching for a quote to add to the back of my business cards; I found a mistake. A journalism professor would have called my almost-selected quotation, incorrectly attributed to Mother Teresa, a “fact error.” “Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” It’s a beautiful sentiment, but…

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