Doing Nothing Won’t Change Your Life

Though I realize that this statement probably isn’t a news flash to anyone who reads here, sometimes it helps to be reminded of what inspired you to want to change your life. If my hunch is correct, you found A Couple of Quitters because you were searching for something. Maybe you don’t even know exactly what it is that you’re searching for. But I’m pretty certain that the impulse that started you out on your journey to find or create more meaning in your life began because you hate your job. Even if it’s not that, there’s something missing in your life and it probably relates to your present work or unemployment status.

A Clean Slate
There are a whole lot of people who are reflecting on their lives and wondering what they’ve accomplished. But I’m here to tell you that spending your time thinking about the past is worse than making the choices which created it in the first place. Let’s do something right here and now. Let’s wipe the slate clean. The past is in the past and there’s nothing you can do about it. But this moment, my friend, is special. What you do in the next moment is totally up to you. What you do in ten seconds is completely your choice. Where you spend your precious time next week is something in which you have a vote. Give yourself permission to stop thinking about how your sucky choices have created less than what you expected of yourself in life. And start doing the very thing you’ve been considering…DO SOMETHING!

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Video: Sneak Peek Inside Internet Business Mastery Academy

Internet Business Mastery AcademyAbout a year ago, Scott and I decided we were finally going to start internet businesses. Making that decision was the easy part! We then spent way too much time reading about internet business, scouring the internet, and blog-hopping from one “expert” to another in an effort to figure out exactly what we needed to do and how to do it. The payoff for all that time and effort was that we quickly got ourselves completely overwhelmed and were trying to move forward in about 14 different directions. Information is good. Knowing stuff is good. Sometimes trying to know too much stuff is just counter-productive. We desperately needed a step-by-step “roadmap” from one reliable source that would take us from start to finish without us having to figure it all out ourselves. When our heads stopped spinning, we re-grouped and decided to join Internet Business Mastery Academy. This post is somewhat of a review, but we really want to help you make your own decision about whether or not IBMA is the roadmap you need to get yourself  started (or unstuck) and to start making money online. The best way I know of to do that is to give you a peek behind the scenes. I’ll do that with the video below.

The other reason we wanted to give you this “behind the scenes” look is that the pricing structure for IBMA membership will be changing soon. If you’ve been “on the fence” about joining, now is the time to decide. We want to give you all the details you need to make an informed decision and get in on the current price before it goes up. If you get in now, your membership fee will remain at the current price even after the price goes up. Continue reading

4 Free Tools for Cross-Browser Testing. What Does Your Site REALLY Look Like to Your Visitors?

Cross-Browser TestingIf you’re kind of a newb at web or blog design (like we are), this may be a revelation to you: That awesome-looking website that you just spent the last month of your life creating may very well look like crap to half of your visitors. I know, life does occasionally suck. Undoubtedly your mama mentioned that life ain’t always fair, right? Well, this is one of those occasions. They say “variety is the spice of life,” but in this case variety can be a big ol’ pain in the…umm…elbow. In this case, variety means that there are a bunch of variables that  can drastically affect the way your website looks to your visitors. A lot of these variables are completely out of your control because these days it’s all about user preference and usability. If your rebel visitors really want to view your website  in a postage-stamp sized browser window using a browser you’ve never even heard of, there’s not much you can do about it. Ok, don’t panic. Good news is, there are some easy and free tools you can use to do some cross-browser testing so you can at least know what your users are seeing when they visit your site. Armed with that insight, you can make your best attempt at designing your site to appeal to the vast majority of your users.  Continue reading

13 Social Media Plugins for Your Wordpess Blog

Social Media IconsI recently took a long trip into the world of WordPress plugins. I was specifically looking for plugins related to social media bookmarking and networking. Social networks like Twitter and Facebook can help you build a community of like-minded people, which is particularly important if you’re trying to monetize your blog. As I learned, there’s a ridiculous number of plugins, widgets, gadgets, sidebar whatchamacallits, and bright, shiny thingamajiggers for WordPress. Hopefully this list will save you some time if you’re looking for a way to make your WordPress blog more social. This post lists 13 WordPress plugins that make it easy for your readers to share and distribute your content

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Self-Employment Progress Update Video

We got a new toy (a groovy HD camcorder…with a remote!) so I decided to do a video update this week.  I really think the remote option should come with every flip-type camcorder. With more and more people doing videos on their blogs and websites, It makes sense to be able to sit in your chair and be able to start and stop recording without getting up or fiddling with your keyboard. I’ll do a review for our video camera after I’ve had some time to get more familiar with it. So far, I’m impressed with it, especially for doing blog videos. But you’ll have to let me know what you think. Does it work here or not?

Progress Overview

Overall, our frustrations with blog design and time management continue to be a thorn in our sides. However, we’re still making progress and we’re pretty excited about what we’re doing. You’ve gotta be stoked about your passion, otherwise, the first brick of frustration would knock you right out of the game. But we’re not going anywhere, except straight ahead, steady and strong.

My Challenges of Starting a Business While Working Full-Time

Hey, everybody! I just wanted to post an update on things. Also, I want to share some of my observations on the challenges of starting a business while working a full-time job. When we started this blog, our goal was to share our journey with others who might also be starting an online business or thinking about starting one. This process doesn’t have to take years, but if you’ve been following us for a while, you’re probably aware that we launched this blog over a year ago and we still haven’t officially launched our businesses. However, we have set up our LLCs, got our state business licenses, bought our domain names and hosting and we’re presently working on designing our blogs (which has turned out to be more challenging than expected – more about this in a minute). So this update is going to focus on where we are presently and what difficulties we’re facing along the way.

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Weekly Update: Self-Employment Progress

update-thumb.jpgThis week we continued to hammer out the design details for our new blogs. We are quickly learning that sometimes designing a new blog can be fairly mind-numbing. There are so many options, add-ons, plugins, widgets, and whatchamacallits to consider. Ok, so we’re easily distracted by bright shiny objects. The process is fun at times, but I think we’ve both gotten a little off-track at times and had to really struggle to move forward. We are still making progress, in between the brief periods of time that we are  reduced to bumbling, babbling heaps of confusion. This week we’ve spent a lot of time looking at other successful blogs to see what elements they have in common. We are also trying to determine the best placement for the elements we want on our blogs. It’s probably somewhat of a disadvantage that we both tend to be perfectionists most of the time. There’s always one more possibility, one other “what if” and – I’m pretty certain – just one last thing we haven’t considered. We did manage to start installing some critical plugins on our blogs this week. We’ve spent some time learning more about Headway so that we can use all the features it offers to the best of our ability. We also began working on the color schemes for our blogs.

For next week: We will continue to work on the designs for our blogs. We both need to decide exactly how we want our blog to look and act so that we can start finalizing the design aspects and start focusing on content.

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