Last Minute Gift Ideas: Subscriptions for Business Owners


I recently received an early gift: a one-year subscription to Reader's Digest. I have always adored this magazine. Short reads, quips and quotes, laughter and tears, often crowd-sourced. I will enjoy every issue. Subscriptions are one of my favorite types of gift because they just keep giving throughout the year. If you're hunting for last minute gift ideas for the … [Read more...]

6 Tips for Success Working From a Home Office

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Every year, more and more people are working from a home office. Whether as a distance worker, a freelancer, or starting a side hustle - free agent nation continues to rise rapidly. Statistics show 40% of the American workforce will be freelancers by 2020.  The forecast might seem unlikely until you compare it with these 2014 numbers on independent workers in the US and … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Posts and LIFT Shares, Dec 14 – Dec 20, 2014

Week in Review 12-20-14

Week in Review December 14 – December 20: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks (Almost) Daily Podcasts, and LIFT resources shared on Twitter (@smallbiztracks) This Week on ConverStations Design Your Days Writing Articles and Guest Posts for Your Business nRelate 'Related Posts' Plugin Shutting Down Guest Post Guidelines for 2015 NEW in 2015: … [Read more...]

Pages Turning Near a Toasty Fire

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"Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself." - author Angela Carter This time of year is a season for celebrations and gathering. It's also a time for recreation and re-creating. A good time for a book and a toasty flame (and a favorite beverage). May the pages turning at this time, whether book or calendar, bring you joy and re-creation. Photo on … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays in LIFT Clips

White Christmas movie promo

There are lessons to be learned from many movies and shows. The holiday season has an abundance of lessons, too.  Here are some favorites: LEARN - Something New - White Christmas [tentblogger-youtube s-cXP1uDFpA] IMPROVE - Working Together Makes Us Stronger - It's a Wonderful Life [tentblogger-youtube lbwjS9iJ2Sw] FIND FLOW - Take Things One Step at a Time - Santa Claus is … [Read more...]

LIFT Clips: Skillshare Classes for Learning and Teaching

Skillshare Learning

I'm a big fan of Skillshare for several reasons. Skillshare offers a great way to continue learning. It also presents business owners and freelancers a great way to teach others what you know and build a presence. Below are a few of the best classes and you can take them during a free month of membership from Skillshare (Use this link and we each get a free month). If … [Read more...]

NEW: The LIFT Weekly Podcast for Small Business Owners

Lift Podcast - Pilot Episode

Sometimes you hit on something in the course of work and it resonates. You build upon it and the more you work with it, the more you realize it's a winner. The LIFT model has become an such a piece in working with small business owners and operators. In 2014, the LIFT model became a big part of our weekend content, our Whistle Stops weekly newsletter, and the coaching calls … [Read more...]

Guest Post Guidelines (Updated for 2015)

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UPDATE: We are no longer accepting submissions or inquiries for guest posts. The practice of publishing guest posts in 2014 on ConverStations had an interesting run. Solid relationships were built and several outstanding articles were published. Unfortunately, there were many guest post queries that either didn't read the guidelines from last year or didn't believe them. … [Read more...]

nRelate ‘Related Posts’ Closing, Recommended: Zemanta Plugin


As you may have heard, the nRelate 'Related Plugins' for WordPress is closing up shop. In their Farewell FAQs, they list 5 PM ET on New Year's Eve as the latest they will serve recommendations. It is highly recommended that you deactivate and remove the nRelate plugin from your site by December 31, 2014. Should you simply deactivate, delete and forget about it or replace … [Read more...]

Small Business Owners: Writing Articles and Guest Posts

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Would you like to extend the reach of your business, creating a touch point to new customers? Consider submitting an article or guest post to other sites. Every industry and every niche market has at least one site positioned as its leader in content and community. There is one for your business and marketplace. A quick search on will show you tops sites for … [Read more...]