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Sunrise at the Farm
September 14, 2011 at 10:04 am 0
Recently we've been on a bit of a landscaping spree at the farm. We wake up at 530am or so, have a quick coffee and breakfast and then head out to do yard work before the smoking hot sun gets too hot to handle. One of the best parts about waking up so early is to welcome the day properly. Seeing the sky transform from a dark hue, to a misty white, to bright pinks, oranges, and reds. It's one of the hidden joys of waking up so early - and definitely worth it!
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Self Promotion For The Shy Entrepreneur: 3 Tips
August 18, 2010 at 10:00 am 0
Most people assume that if you are an entreprenuer you must have loads of confidence...but that's often quite far from reality. You know how most of the time you feel pretty good about yourself, but then something little, maybe a comment in a meeting, noticing your clothes look ragged, or something huge like a big project falls through, just throws you way off. When you are an entrepreneur you have to face these challenges every day! You are always putting yourself out there, trying to get as much attention as possible, and not being shy to tell people what you do, your company name and your 10 second elevator speech. Confidence in your abilities or your business often intersect with your confidence as a person, and that's where sometimes you may falter. And it will happen to everyone. “The first time I did a show out in the field, it took 20 times to get my intro down pat,” says Amber MacArthur, 34, founder of Web agency MGI Media, technology specialist, TV personality and author of Power Friending: Demystifying Social Media to Grow Your Business. If someone so accomplished can feel so uncomfortable, it's easy to imagine that it happens to absolutely everyone, and it will happen to you too. The best remedy is to "fake it till you make it", but in a very real way, don't pretend to be a German Sheppard when you're really a Golden Retriever puppy. Just be yourself, with a great ability to pick yourself, dust yourself off, and go forth and self promote again! Because, after all, you are your brand! You need to self promote to build your business, no matter what you are selling. To make your brand building online Amber has these 3 simple suggestions: No. 1: Make sure you have a website. Tools such as SquareSpace and Wordpress make it really easy to build your own site. No. 2: Use a lot of social media tools to get out there and network. Integrate tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook into your website, so essentially your website is a home base for all of your branding efforts. No. 3: E-mail really is a social network. The number of people who e-mail you on a regular basis is enormous. So within your e-mail network, turn your signature into something where you link to your personal website, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and really use that to promote yourself As an example, preview the email signature below -- Ingrid Menninga Founder www.cashmereclutch.com Help Us Get to 150 Friends on this Facebook Page; Click and Like us Please Twitter Cashmere Clutch is a women's lifestyle site focusing on living a balanced, fulfilling and fabulous life. Visit us at www.cashmereclutch.com -- There's lots of contact information above, and you can clearly figure out what the business is, how it helps people, and how you can stay connected online. Also, the "Help Us Get 150 Facebook Fans" Tactic is a new one, but seems to help increase the number of fans on the page. Try it out for your business and let us know how it goes.
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Help Us Reach Our Goal Of 150 Fans On Facebook
August 7, 2010 at 9:09 am 0
child-laughing We're trying to reach our goal of 150 fans on our facebook page and would be tickled pink if you would "like" our page. Please join us here and show us some love by clicking "like" Awww, thanks for helping out a friend!
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How Cashmere Clutch Got Started
November 23, 2009 at 12:50 pm 0
The story behind how Cashmere Clutch got started is probably not the typical story on why blogs are started. In March of 2007 I had some major changes in my life. I ended a 5 year relationship that really didn't seem fit into my dream life, and there was a lot of drama and bad stuff surrounding how it ended. For me, I was ready to move on to bigger and better things and to find out what I really wanted out of my life. So, I went into a big self discovery phase. I really wanted to know what I liked and didn't like and figure out how I could get my dream life. I needed to try everything! I went on dates, with pretty much every type of guy there is. I played pretty much every sport there is too. I traveled a lot, I spent time with a wide variety of people, I exposed myself to different arts, music and influences. I was really hungry to take everything in. I drank, danced, dated and dined my way from March 07 - January 08, and I was ready for a change. But change was slow to come, and the weather wasn't helping my discoveries. The winter of 2008 was terrible! It snowed so much and many of my weekend plans kept on getting cancelled and I was home bound. At the time I didn't have a tv...it was just me and my laptop. I think I viewed all 7 billion web pages...I may have even found my way to the end of the internet! I was also in a bit of a tight spot financially - I'd bought my first apartment and spent a bit more money than I should have on things that helped me settle into my new place. That meant I didn't have extra cash floating around to spend on entertainment. I think I may have budgeted $100 for food and entertainment per week. Even going to the movies was a stretch for me! So, with minimal entertainment, no money, and the weather working against me I decided to start writing stories on what I discovered in the past year. And wrote I did. I had about 200 entries logged into my computer. But I had nowhere to put them. And when I found out how much it would cost to customize a blog template it just wasn't possible. I was quoted $5,000. And for a hobby it was way too much money! So, I just kept on writing my stories without thinking much of it. And then I started dating someone who had web experience. After dating a few months he offered to help make my blog dreams come true - he offered to code it all up for me, as long as I gave him all the design files to implement. So I worked with my designer friend, Angela - whose blog is here, who did up all the photoshop design files for me (thanks darling!). Once we had something we liked I handed it over to my boyfriend. After a few months my blog was ready to go! It was an exercise in patience that's for sure. Since my boyfriend (now fiancé) was doing it for free, and my requirements had changed a few times I realized that I couldn't be demanding or really even ask "When is it going to be done" more than two times a month. But it got done in a reasonable amount of time...and I've changed the look a few times too, so I couldn't really complain! Once it was up and running I started putting stories in. It was a very interesting experience. I'm not that open of a person, and writing details about my less than happy childhood was definitely a first! It pushed me a bit out of my comfort zone, but on a positive note I feel more comfortable speaking openly with people, and it's really helped me come out of my shell. Especially for things that are tough to talk about. So once I got more comfortable sharing stories online I wanted to update Cashmere Clutch more and more often. It became not only a way to update friends and family, but also a creative outlet. Instead of it being a once in while thing, it became something I wanted to do every day. And that's how Cashmere Clutch got started!
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Are We Friends Yet?
August 8, 2009 at 11:02 am 0
I've just set up my cashmereclutch facebook account so let's be friends! You can find me at www.facebook.com/cashmereclutch I'm also on twitter so you can follow me at www.twitter.com/cashmereclutch I try to friend/follow back everyone so don't be shy! Hugs!
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