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Weekly Update: Self-Employment Progress

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update-thumb.jpgI expect that with the Christmas holiday season upon us, our progress will be slow for the rest of the month. But we managed to get a few things done this week in spite of taking extra time to Christmas shop and related activities. We have more shopping, house decorating and visiting family and friends to finish off the month.

So here’s what we got done: I set up my business PayPal account account this week and Tammy has spent a lot of time pursuing a work-from-home opportunity which she already reported about (see her LionBridge post). Aside from that, most of our activity has revolved around designing our blogs. I’ve spent a lot of time selecting what kind of widgets and plug-ins we plan to use on our business blogs. We continue to play around with Headway to learn how to use it to get the effects we want. Another big part of blog design for us is choosing our categories and tags as well as determining how our blogs will function.

Site Functionality

When looking at things like site functionality, the goal is to make it as easy as possible for a visitor to navigate your site. If a site is overly complicated, you risk the user moving on quickly rather than hanging around and reading. Having a well-functioning site that’s easy to find your way around is important for building trust with your audience. That’s why we’re paying a lot of attention to this.

Pages, Categories and Tags

I’ve been kind going crazy over this topic. Properly defining your pages, categories and tags increases your site’s visibility in search engines. Things like page and category names as well as post tags, formatting text using heading presets are all ways to code each post and your entire site so that specific keywords are properly emphasized for search engines. Knowing these things, I’ve been taking a lot of time trying to think like a visitor to my site so I can choose the right keywords, pages, categories, and tags. Though it seems like it’s much ado about nothing, taking the time to consider these things can, as I understand it, make a huge difference in page and site rankings. So we really want to get this right.

Marketing Your Ebook

I purchased an ebook last week that’s all about how to market an ebook. So far, I’m very impressed with it. I’m not ready to write a review, but stay tuned. I’ll probably try to write something about it in January. I don’t have a lot of time to work with the book but my time will free up after the holidays. However, I will still be working through the material, so I’ll write when I have something more substantial to report about it.

Next Week:

  • More site design activities
  • Hiring someone to create the logos for our sites
  • Start setting up social networking accounts (time permitting)
  • Start writing blog content (as time permits)
  • A lot of holiday stuff totally unrelated to starting a business

 

Our Self-Employment Progress This Week

update1Every day is getting better and better because each day I get closer to the time when I can quit my day job. Every week, we set up our goals and knock ‘em down. And this week was no different. Not only did we nail down things on our list, we also got to some other things.

I can really feel them momentum building. It seems like it took so long to file papers and set up our LLCs. The process could have probably taken less time but I’m still working 40 hours per week at my day job. Plus, sometimes we had to wait for other people to process papers. These things take time, no matter how fast you want to go. Fast or slow, we’re making progress every week.

Here’s what we got done this week:

  • We met with a CPA
  • I registered my fictitious name (at the state level)
  • Continuing health insurance research
  • Selected a WordPress theme for our blogs
  • Studied at the Internet Business Mastery Academy
  • Research and development for our blogs
  • Set a launch date for our blogs

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Four WordPress Themes You Shouldn’t Miss

evaluation If you’ve been following along lately, you know that Scott and I are working on establishing our own internet businesses. We’ll both be starting new blogs as part of the business model, and this week we’ve been spending a lot of time looking for that perfect WordPress theme. In this post, we’ll show you our “short list” of themes we’re considering for our business blogs – and we’d love to hear opinions from any of you who have used any of these themes. We’re probably going to be making our final decision this week.

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Web Candy: How to Get Your Blog to 100,000 Visitors and Beyond

Web Candy I ran across the Free Money Finance blog a while back. It’s a great blog with super content about money and finance. But what really caught my attention was a specific series of posts that, at first, didn’t seem related to money or fiscal awareness. The title of the series is “How to Get Your Blog to 100,000 Visitors and Beyond”. If that title isn’t an attention-getter, I don’t know what is. The suggestions found in this post are essential to creating a blog and driving traffic to it. The series spans 22 blog posts that range from selecting a SEO-friendly domain name, to networking for greater exposure and many topics in between. There are a multitude of useful links across all the posts and each topic builds what is, to me, a one-stop resource for anyone who wants to build a traffic-friendly blog. Continue reading

Improve Your Blog in April

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I’ve written before about the ProBlogger blog and the massive pile of awesomeness you can find there. Have you checked it out yet? If not, now’s the time. Beginning April 1st, Darren Rowse (Mr. ProBlogger dude himself) will be starting a project called (Drumroll, please)…

31 Days to Build a Better Blog

What the hell is that all about? Well, Darren promises this isn’t an April Fool’s joke, because well, that just wouldn’t be funny. He’s done this twice before and from what I understand it’s been a pretty successful gig. Each day beginning April 1st, there will be a big fat juicy post for you at ProBlogger that will consist of a teaching component and something for you to do on/for/to your blog. The focus is on doing something to improve your blog. So, if you’ve been feeling like you need to do something, but you don’t have a clue what that something is, or how to do that something, then this 31-day thingy just might be the something you need to get your blogroove on. And best of all, it won’t cost you a penny. But wait…

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Three Good Reasons to Start a Blog

Out of the bazillion sites in the blogosphere, you’ve finally found your way to A Couple of Quitters. Welcome. Because you’re here, I’m guessing you’ve spent plenty of quality time daydreaming about how awesome it would be if you could quit your day job, stop working 40 hours (or more) every week, and find some other source of income that doesn’t require you to do 98% of the crap you’re currently doing to pay the bills. Well, you aren’t the only grape in that bunch.

For years now, Scott and I have been sharing that same daydream. We want to quit our jobs, work from home doing things we actually enjoy doing, and preferably make more money doing it. If we could pull that off, it would give us more time to enjoy life, family, and friends. We would have the freedom to set our own hours, and take time off when we want it. Sounds good, right? Well, theoretically that’s how it’ll work. Of course, there’s always the possibility that we’ll fail miserably and end up selling hot dogs from a cart in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Nevertheless, we’ve finally decided to take a chance and try to make our dream a reality. Hooray for us. But, why would we want to blog about it? Glad you asked. There are a few reasons why we started this blog: Continue reading

From Concept to Creation: The Birth of a Blog

This is the story of a couple of quitters; the story of two people who followed the dictates of society with miserable consequences until they decided to quit listening to a culture with mixed up priorities and misplaced dreams. This is the story of a married couple, both of whom chased other peoples’ ideas of success until they finally realized that nothing would ever satisfy them except to make their own neglected dreams a reality. This is the short history of A Couple of Quitters.

Dress for Success

Both Tammy and I have had similar experiences throughout our lives. We both listened to what everybody said about careers and money. We both had burning embers glowing deep inside us that, now and then, would roar into a flame that would light up our lives and the lives of those around us. While basking in the glow of our true selves following our inspirations, we were fully alive and wanted nothing more than to build our lives around what truly inspired us, around following the path of our true gifts and skills. Sadly, the glow from following our hearts quickly died down and almost burned out completely because we listened to society. We took the advice of our culture which stated the main agenda of adult life: to get an impressive and respectable job that paid a lot of money and to have fancy, expensive stuff to show for it. So we both dressed for success and grew more miserable every year. Continue reading