Business Ideas and Inspiration

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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It’s not about you.

By Candace Schilling | April 1, 2018

If you like comedy, go to the movie theater. If you prefer drama, visit your local DMV office. They were both beautiful people, strangers to each other. One had long, dark wavy hair and olive skin, with her body in constant motion as if she couldn’t wait to be out of the long line and…

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Dream big. Start small.

By Candace Schilling | March 25, 2018

I had a message for Atlanta-area entrepreneurs this month. “Life will not give you a dream, a desire… (Not, ‘I want this car or that house,’ but a deep desire)… Life will not give you a dream, without the opportunity to FULFILL it. Life will not install in you a talent, without offering you the…

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Treasures Worth Using

By Candace Schilling | March 11, 2018

I’ve been enchanted by seeing my name “in the paper” since I was 13 years old. (That’s when my first letter to the editor was published in the Birmingham News.) I never dreamed I’d spend more than a decade living in the Midwest, or that I could become a freelance restaurant columnist for a Central…

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A Bracelet’s Message: Just Let Go

By Candace Schilling | February 21, 2018

Creativity is a language everyone can speak; we just have different dialects. Tell a crowd you’re a writer and editor, and you might hear a spontaneous confession of what people believe about their own creative voices. “I wish I could do that, but I’m not…” Or, “I used to paint on the weekends, but then…”…

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