FWB – The Beast That Is Marketing

(This post is from another Jessie blog, Fourth Wave Business, and is republished here for your enjoyment!)

Ahh. . . marketing. . . I have such a love-hate relationship with marketing.  I love the aspect of creatively reaching out to your target market but dread the actual implementation of said marketing.

I truly struggle with marketing – for one I have too many ideas to narrow it down.  The most intimidating this is just how many possibilities there are when you start to think of how to market your business.  Facebook, twitter, wordpress, tumblr, blah, blah, and more blah. . .  TOO MUCH!  And did you know that you’re supposed to make an actual marketing plan to follow?  A real PLAN.  Like written down.

I found this lovely article to help you with your marketing goals – it’s pretty neat so you should check it out!  Let’s see if I can’t stick to my own guns and follow their suggestions. . . Here’s to hoping!

FWB – National Mentoring Month – What SCORE Can Do for You

(This post is from another Jessie blog, Fourth Wave Business, and is republished here for your enjoyment!)

Hello, friends!  Did you know that it’s National Mentoring Month in January?  I sure didn’t!

Check out this article on just what a mentor is and what they can do for you and your budding small business.  Even if you just have an idea and need some input, a mentor is a great way to see if entrepreneurship is something for you.

If you haven’t heard of SCORE yet I would highly recommend scooting over to their site to check it out.  You can join a local chapter or get in contact with a retired entrepreneur to help mentor you through the business-starting process – how cool is that??

The SBDC is a really great resource too – face to face counseling for FREE??  Yes please!

Go, go and be one with these resources.  Use them for all their worth and gain more knowledge on your own quest for entrepreneurial domination!

FWB – Grad School: The Final Frontier

(This post is from another Jessie blog, Fourth Wave Business, and is republished here for your enjoyment!)

I think I’ve done it – officially become a graduate student. . .  I’m super intimidated just thinking it let alone typing it and putting it out there for all to see.  What if I fail?  What if it’s a huge waste of money?  What if I HATE it???

Panic!

I applied and was accepted into the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies at the University of South Florida.

This is huge for me.  At the age of 29 I will be going back to college and trying my hand at something I think I’ll find interesting enough to finish.  I loved undergrad but this is a whole ‘nother level of pressure.

Pending my student loan coming through (yup, one more loan for me to pay back. . .) I’ll be starting classes in a FEW DAYS.  Did I say PANIC! already?  Yeah?  Oh, ok. . .  Well I’m nervous as all holy hell.

So here I go – one more step toward entrepreneurial domination!!

Wish me luck!!!

FWB – 2014: The Year of Creativity

(This post is from another Jessie blog, Fourth Wave Business, and is republished here for your enjoyment!)

That’s it!  I’m calling it!  2014 will be the year of creativity!  Get out your thinking caps and rain jackets as you prepare for brain storms galore this year.

I found this great article that should help you jump start your creative juices and keep them going all year long.  Go ahead, read, take notes and conquer 2014 by thinking outside of the box!

Happy New Year!