Sizzling Spring and Summer Reruns
A Publication of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist)
By Patty L. Fletcher, Fellow Authors, and Friends
One day, while enjoying visiting with neighbors and friends, I had a conversation which inspired me.
“Reruns have already begun. But I don’t mind because sometimes I have missed episodes of my favorite shows and now, I can catch up.” a friend of mine said as we stood in the warmth of the golden spring sunshine talking about whether we enjoyed books or TV best. Of course, I launched into telling her about my love for books and about all the totally Talented Authors I represent. Always working you know. Ah, but I digress…
As we talked, in my mind, I heard a CLICK! And just like that inspiration struck.
I have in a folder, over 100 files of things people contributed when we were sending posts to Ernest Dempsey. I have decided to share them onto my blog during the summer months.
Everyone is quite busy this time of year and producing content writing is sometimes hard to squeeze in. So, it’s my hope that people will enjoy these as much as I’m enjoying looking through them and putting them here for you.
The originals of all the posts which will be shared here can be found at: https://www.recoveringself.com/
I hope that you’ll not only enjoy catching up on posts you may have missed or reading an old favorite, but you’ll also visit Ernest’s blog as well. He and I worked together for many years and because of that working relationship a lot of authors created a great bunch of content which I’m now going to use to help promote them and their continued work. So, grab your favorite brew, find a comfy place to sit to read and enjoy.
If you do, please leave a like, comment or both to let us know you did and if you wish, please feel free to share.
Thanks in advance for reading.
May Harmony find us All. And Blessid shall we Be.
Today, we’ve Virtual Tech Advisor and Research Assistant Casey Mathews with a post which just might get your creative juices flowing.
Fighting the No Jobs Black Hole with Fire
By Casey Mathews
What do you do when you find yourself dangling from a job that no longer makes sense? How do you reconcile the difficulty of knowing that things could be done better, based on your years of experience, yet your hard won advice is discarded?
- Rage quit your job in a blaze of glory, taking anyone along who will rise up?
- Look for more meaningful work?
- Swim with the sharks and start your own business?
I must admit I fantasized about choice A for a while, but decided against it. My wife would get mad at me and I dare not walk where angels fear to tread.
So, at first, I went with the next choice. I fed the jobs black hole with resumes, cover letters, and follow up thank you emails. Sometimes I even got an interview!
Then … nothing. This went on for a couple of years. Then, when hope was hanging by the merest of threads, I got a crazy idea. Maybe I should start my own business…
At first this was just a dream, a fantasy, a playground where I could indulge myself with all kinds of what-if scenarios. After a while a curious thing started to happen. People that I’d worked for started to say things like, “Hey, you know… you should think about starting your own business.”
Usually, my responses were a combination of things I’d say out loud, and things I’d say in my head. “Say what? Really? You’ve got to be kidding, right?”
At first, I shrugged it all off. After all, these people likely knew nothing about starting a business. Talk is cheap and it’s so easy to tell people what they should do, or where they should go. After people continued to whisper sotto voce in my ear, I started to get the biz bug.
I feverishly started reading books about LLC formation, taxes, website design, blogging, marketing, payment processors, and so on. Got a headache yet?
Then one day a shiny new domain and website were typed into being. WebFriendlyHelp.com was out. If that wasn’t enough, a blog quickly followed.
Next, I put up three little Buy buttons on my new website. Then with the help of my wife’s editing skills, I crafted a few pages. One hot day in August, I got a paying customer. The realization hit me that just like I’d gotten one paying customer, I could get another, and another, and more, one step, one customer at a time.
I have created a customer-centric business. I love doing what I do, fixing computer problems, being a virtual assistant, and editing audio. One of the best parts is I’m not forced to endure those everlasting meetings now. I get to delight my customers instead. This is a much more valuable use of my time.
Oh yeah, one more thing. I’ll tell you a secret… I’m a blind business owner. If you happen to not have a disability, it can be easy to wonder what someone who is blind can do. Well… how about start a business?
Consider that when you see someone walking down the street with a cane. They just could be the founder of a company, not just a blind guy walking down the sidewalk.
Casey Mathews is the founder of WebFriendlyHelp.com, a company designed to help people get the most out of their technology. He has worked in the Access Technology field since the mid 1990’s. He holds an MCP certification (Microsoft Certified Professional) as well as a BS in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. He has introduced new software and training/support ideas from Serotek, the NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) screen reader, and of course apple iDevices to his customers world-wide. Casey enjoys testing new technology and software and is highly committed to remaining informed of developments in technology.
Robbie CheadleMay 11, 2022
This is a great post, Patty. Starting your own business requires effort and commitment as well as passion. All writers run their own businesses, don’t they?
Patty FletcherMay 11, 2022
Hi Robbie, first, as always thanks so much for reading my posts and for commenting.
Yes, writers do indeed run their own business although there are some who will never truly see it that way.