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The Advantages of Solo Masterminds

January 25, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Working From Home No Comments →

Have you been searching for a mastermind group that has a great support network of other like-minded solopreneurs, resources for your business learning, helpful and supportive admins who aren’t out solely for their gain, with a website that’s easy to use and navigate? If yes, I want to invite you to come join my mastermind group, Solo Masterminds.

There are so many ways to learn at Solo Masterminds!  The learning resources there are fantastic and often come in written video and/or audio format which is great.  I also learn from the camaraderie among all of the great members there. Its is a wonderful place to be to get resources, help and coaching from people you can trust!

During my time at Solo Masterminds (almost 7 years now) I’ve managed to increase (triple) my Google Adsense Affiliate income.  I’ve also seen the traffic on all of my websites grow tremendously within 1 month of joining. 
 Solo Masterminds has given me the confidence to successfully launch a product based website and also start my own affiliate program! One of the other perks of SoloSmarts is the great ‘Member to Member’ discounts on services and products.  I met & hired my VA there and was able to get her awesome services at a discounted price. I am so happy that I’m a member at Solo Masterminds and I continue to learn something new each time I visit the site. 

The Solo Masterminds Learning Center is chock full of resources and materials you can use to help your business grow and succeed.   Here are just some of the titles…

Everything About eBooks

Think ebooks are dead? Think again! Nowadays with Kindle, iPads, smart phones and other tablet-style devices, ebooks are a smart way to promote and market your business. Everything About eBooks covers everything from reasons to create an ebook, where to get content from, brainstorming topics, creating the outline, proper formatting, eCovers, opening page and what information it needs to contain, branding opportunities, your bio page, closing call to action, resource list of recommendations, etc.

Creating Better Videos for your Blog with Jendi Pagano

Solo Mastermind’s member, Jendi Pagano, shows us how NOT to vlog (video blog) in a very humorous fashion and then gives some great tips to make your vlogs look and sound professional.

Start Your First Mailing List Webinar & List Building Tips

Kelly McCausey, owner and founder of Solo Masterminds, hosts a webinar which teaches you how to start your first mailing list. She covers everything from why using an email management program is important to what the definition of spam is to who to add to your list and how to get people to subscribe to your list.

Affiliate Marketing

The Affiliate Marketing section includes recordings from Mom’s Affiliate Expo, Using PLR for Niche Affiliate Marketing, ebooks from a wildly successful affiliate marketer, Super Affiliate Strategies, and tons more!

Blogging and Content Management

This section of The Learning Center covers everything you need for your blog as well as some very useful content management resources.

These are just a few of the resources and materials you can have complete access to as part of your membership to Solo Masterminds. As you can see, The Learning Center alone is well worth the cost of membership, not to mention all the other advantages membership to Solo Mastermind’s has to offer.

Click here To Join Solo Masterminds 

PS:  Solo Masterminds understands how difficult it is to make a long-term commitment. If you’re undecided, you can test-drive Solo Masterminds for seven days, for free. During that time, you’ll have full access to the learning center and exclusive online forum. It’s the best way to find out if Solo Masterminds is right for you.

Work At Home Mom Stress

February 15, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Working From Home No Comments →

The trend of moms working from home to be near their children has grown in the last couple of years. Now that they have found jobs or businesses to run, they’re starting to realize that working from home is not as easy as they thought it would be. The work they do is hard to separate form their personal lives, which makes it hard to schedule time for work responsibilities and home duties.

The workspace these moms use to do their jobs at ends up being a part of their household, so that makes dividing work and home life even more difficult to do – and one of the motivating reasons for creating my Balancing Work and Family guide. Imagine that your office is a part of the dining room, which also happens to be the room where you eat your meals as a family. How easy is it going to be for you to leave your work life to be with your family when the office is 5 feet away from the dinner table?

The realities of dividing work and personal life can get smudged for work at home moms. When that happens, one’s stress level is sure to rise, which could jeopardize one’s sanity. To prevent your sanity from leaving, you should find ways to ensure that separation takes place between your job/business and your family life.

Assess the current situation. Try to find an area, within your home, to have your office so that it won’t interfere with your family life. The home office needs a room with a door where you can be apart from the rest of the house. A den or a garage can be converted into office space that is exclusive to your business. Some people have resorted to placing their office in the laundry room, just because it has a door! When that is not an option, set up shop in your bedroom to keep it away from the family areas.

Organization is the next step. A messy desk can be a huge distraction when trying to work. Everything needs to have its place. If you worked in an office, your boss would not stand for a messy work space. There’s no difference when you’re office is at home and not at the worksite.

Use inexpensive organizing items, such as baskets with separate compartments to help organize the odds and ends on your desk. You can keep rubber stamps, letters, invoices, pens, pencils, and the like in here. Organization makes finding things much easier, which results in a more relaxed work day.

Keep your business phone separate from the family phone line. When using the same line, you run the risk of your children answering business calls or picking up the phone during a conference call. This causes your professionalism to fly right out the window and takes your customers or employers along with it.

The same goes for the computer. It’s best to keep your business computer separate from what the other family members use, but budgets don’t always allow for this. In that case, make sure that the business/job files and documents can’t be easily accessed by anyone but you. This will help prevent some of the stress that could be brought on by family members stumbling on a client’s important document and accidentally deleting them.

Be sure to use calendars or planners as they are very helpful when trying to keep track of business appointments or deadlines and family appointments. This will lessen the stress of setting up family appointments when you’ve forgotten about business deadlines you have.

Consider hiring a sitter on days you have a lot of work to do. Being a work at home mom gives you the benefit of controlling your own schedule. Having a sitter keeps the kids away from your office and gives you quiet time to focus on your work and gives your kids a chance to have fun without you feeling too guilty.

Mixing business with family in the home setting can be a major source of stress. Keeping the business side of your life organized and separate is crucial to success in keeping your stress levels down and your sanity intact.

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Working at home can be extremely rewarding, but it’s challenging. Get the help you need with Real Life Guidance to Balancing Work and Family. It’s your practical guide to tracking your time, setting priorities, learning to say no and achieving that balance you strive for.

Top 10 Ways to Stay Sane as a Work at Home Mom

February 09, 2010 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Working From Home No Comments →

The other day, someone asked me what it’s like to be a work at home mom. I just blinked back at him, my mind blank. How could I possibly describe life as a work at home mom? Only someone who’s lived it can understand the juggling act it requires.

Work at home moms have the usual responsibilities of being a mom – folding laundry, scheduling doctor’s appointments, helping with homework, reading bedtime stories, and basically being on call 24-hours a day. In addition, there is the conundrum of how to find time to work and answer emails, do networking, update bookkeeping, make phone calls, and more. And, it must fit into a 24 hour day. So, how do we do it? How do we stay sane in the chaos?

It’s disclaimer time. I am not the person to give advice on sanity. I’m pretty sure I filed away my sanity last year when I did taxes. I have my days where I say “That’s it! I’m getting a regular job!” But, then I talk to my wonderful friend who reminds me of the reality of the real world – the traffic, the boss who won’t let me go to my son’s field trip, and the fact that I’d probably have to buy pantyhose again. She manages to slap some sense back into me every time. I hate pantyhose.

Working from home the last few years, I’ve picked up a few handy tips. They aren’t magic beans, that, when planted, will grow you a nanny and a housekeeper, but they can help you to enjoy being a work at home mom just a little bit more.

10. Freezer Cooking! This is my personal life-saver. Spend one day during the week or one day each month assembling meals and your reward is a freezer filled with food. Then, when it’s time to make dinner, just grab a healthful, inexpensive meal from your freezer, heat it up and serve. Think about it. Next time you cook dinner, quadruple the recipe and put what you don’t eat into the freezer for later. Presto! Magic food will appear in your freezer the next time you need it.

9. Pay it Forward- By helping others, it reminds us that many of our own problems are much smaller than they appear. Whether you donate money, give blood, or volunteer your time, you are setting a beautiful example for your children. Involve your older kids and make volunteering a family activity.

8. Stay Healthy – Dust off your rollerblades, strap a pillow across your bottom and hit the pavement. Or surprise your children and the dog with a nice long walk.

7. Organize, organize, organize! If you’re spending hours each week sorting through piles of paper, looking for receipts or “to do” lists, that is wasted time and unnecessary frustration. Sweep the Magic 8 ball, the empty jar of peanuts, the Slinky, and the Snickers wrapper off your desk right now. You can do it!

6. Save Money – As Benjamin Franklin wrote in Poor Richard’s Almanac “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Work at home moms know how hard it can be to earn a penny. So, do everything you can to save those hard-earned cents.

5. Time Management – Don’t let Time Stealers make you work any longer than you need to. When you’re sitting in front of your computer or talking on the phone, that is time away from your children. Always remember your “why”. WHY are you working from home? If the reason is to spend more time with your kids, then figure out how to make that happen!

4. Learn and Learn some More! – Find a mentor or someone who you like the way they handle their business. Network with other moms who are successful, take online classes, or hire a coach. Invest in yourself and you’ll invest in your business.

3. Play with your Kids – Whether you sit down to play a board game, or drive Hot Wheels around the carpet, there’s always fun to be had. If you need some ideas, check out

2. Keep your sense of humor. Laugh every day! Turn off your computer, put in your copy of The Village People “YMCA” (I know you have one) and Dance! Dance! Dance!

And the number one way to stay sane as a Work at Home Mom …..

1. Always remember “The days are long, but the years are short.” Although it oftentimes feels like the days drag by as a work at home mom, remember that the years are flying by. It’s that reminder that keeps me grounded on days when the projects are heavy and the beach is calling.

If you’re looking for me, you can find me at the beach!

Nicole Dean is the mostly-sane Mom behind Are you a Work at Home Mom looking for ways to get more traffic? Take her Web Traffic School tutorial – Free!

The ‘Real Life Guidance Report to Balancing Work and Family’ shows you how you can balance your work and family time without losing yourself in the process.

Become A Ghostwriter

August 17, 2009 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Working From Home No Comments →

As you know, the internet is filled with websites and blogs. Many of these sites and blogs also offer regular newsletters. What do all of these things have in common? They’re filled with written content! And that creates a great home business opportunity for you!

The owners of websites, blogs, and newsletters often hire ghostwriters to create their content. Not many people are naturally gifted writers. Many people would rather hire someone to do this task for them.

As a ghostwriter, you could be asked to write blog posts, articles, small reports and even ebooks. The pay rate will vary depending on the client you are working for and the amount of experience you have.

Generally speaking, a ghostwriter who is just starting out could expect to earn between $8 – $12 for a 450 word article. Once they have a little experience, a ghostwriter could charge between $15 – $20 for the same article.

Ghostwriters can find clients in a variety of ways. Online job boards such as Don’t limit yourself to searching only your particular city or area. Instead, search various cities all over the country. Since this type of work is done via the computer, the person posting the ad probably won’t care where you live.

Websites such as and offer many of these job listings. You can view the postings for free and you are allowed to apply for a small number of jobs. There is a small membership fee to apply for a higher number of jobs.

As a ghostwriter, you will not receive credit for your work. The person paying for the article will want to put their own name on it. If you want to receive bylines, you’ll want to look into freelancing.

Again, many websites and blogs will hire freelance writers. You can also find freelance work offline in newspapers and magazines. Freelance writing can be a hard field to break into, so be patient – and prepared to handle rejection!

Smart website owners and bloggers know that words are what makes the internet go ‘round. They are also willing to pay for them! A good writer can make a decent living by creating content for others!

Time Management Tips for WAHMs

August 05, 2009 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Teenagers, Working From Home No Comments →

When it comes to starting a home business, one of the most important skills you can develop is time management. It can be difficult to juggle your family life with the demands of a business. Learning a few tips and tricks now will help you avoid problems in the future.

Investing in a planner is a very smart decision. It can be paper or digital – just make sure it is something you like and are comfortable using.

To help keep you on track and working towards your goals, create weekly and daily to do lists and keep track of them in your new planner. Make sure you list all of the things that need to be completed for your own business, as well as any projects you may be taking on for clients or joint venture partners.

People who work from home face a lot of time zappers. Avoid distraction by turning the television off, letting non-important phone calls go to voice mail, and resisting the urge to check your email and surf the net until your work is completed. This can be hard – unplug your modem and disable your wifi if necessary!

Procrastination is a big enemy of people with home based businesses. Fight off this monster by setting small goals and rewarding yourself when you achieve them. Tell other people your goals and ask them to hold you accountable. Find out what motivates you and use it to keep you going, even when you feel like quitting.

To free up parts of your schedule, outsource some tasks to others. The work will still be getting done and you’ll have more time and energy to focus on the parts of your business that you enjoy the most.

If possible, try to group your tasks together. For example, instead of writing one blog post every day, create several of them once per week. Instead of checking your email and answering it throughout the day, set aside an hour in the morning and an hour at night to answer all of your email at once.

This will save you a lot of time in the long run. If you are constantly switching between tasks, your mind can get frustrated and you’ll actually end up wasting time.

By implementing a few time management tricks, you’ll be able to finish more tasks and enjoy more of your day.

Top Internet Business Ideas

June 15, 2009 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Working From Home No Comments →

The Internet offers many business opportunities. You can become a part of someone else’s enterprise or create a business of your own. There are many advantages to starting an Internet business. Here are the top Internet business ideas to help you find that appropriate niche you are looking for.

Every day people search the Internet for all sorts of opportunities. With this economy, the number one search is for ways to make money with low startup costs. Many of the basic equipment needed to begin Internet businesses are in your home right now. If you have a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, a telephone, a desk, and a printer, you can get going right away.

1. Blogging. This is the way to create an online presence without the technical issues of owning your own website (that comes later). Most blogs are offered with free hosting and come with already installed features so set up is easy. Blog about anything that you find interesting and will be interesting to other readers. A blog with a niche will perform better a personal one. Blogs can also make money with programs like Google Adwords and AdSense. Pay per Click advertising also works for generating revenue.

2. Internet research. Anyone who can navigate the Internet and find out almost anything, can market themselves as an Internet researcher. Large and small companies will pay you to find out information for them, create reports from the research.

3. Selling products. If you have a hobby like making and selling crafts you can expand your business online with a website. Set up a website that caters to your product offerings. Market these products online to drive traffic to your website.

4. Selling on eBay. With this idea, you set up shop on the Internet. You can sell products you created or items you own that you want to sell. Many now make a living selling on eBay. As your business grows, you can expand to involve other product markets.

5. Freelancing. Many online and offline businesses are looking for help. Freelancers lower the overhead of the company thus becoming more profitable for many jobs than hiring someone to work in the office. Depending on your talent, hire yourself out at a freelance writer, graphic artist, website designer or programmer.

6. Virtual assistant. Virtual assistants are the going trend for many businesses. In the beginning, virtual assistants performed the administrative duties of a company from their home. Now, VA’s can be found in all career specialties like medical, real estate, marketing and publishing. They perform tasks above administrative such as website administrator, report creation and Internet research.

7. Membership sites. You see more of these around these days. With a membership site, you choose a niche, such as online marketing. Customers pay to join at a certain level (gold, silver, bronze) and are rewarded with certain perks for their membership that include newsletters, videos or articles on marketing and services to help expand their own business. You create the website and supply the materials yourself or through outsourcing each month to your members.

Do you have an idea of what your Internet business idea might be? This list should get you started.

Mother’s Day 10 Day May Madness Sale!

May 10, 2009 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Working From Home No Comments →

The ladies at Mom Masterminds have gone totally mad!

Why do I say that?  Well, this Sunday is Mother’s Day, right? These Moms decided they were going to have a mad sale of their products starting on Mother’s Day. It’s aptly called “10 Day May Madness“.

Here’s the crazy part: each of the products are on sale for just $5 each. These products normally sell for 4 times that amount or more!

Here’s a sampling of what you can get for $5 each:

- a custom blog header
- an Ebook about a specific aspect of Internet marketing
- 6 months of advertising
- private label rights content
- an Ecourse about blogging
- an Ebook about once a week cooking
- eBay coaching advice
- digital scrapbooking services

and much, much more……

I don’t know about you, but I’ve already made a list of all the stuff I’m getting from this page.

Go here –> “10 Day May Madness“.

I told you these Moms have gone mad.

Take Care & enjoy the rest of your Mother’s Day!

P.S. Mom Masterminds offers a free 9-day course that gets right to the nitty-gritty of creating a thriving online business. On top of that, when you sign up for our 9-day course, you’ll also receive an exclusive invitation to a free 7-day trial at Mom Masterminds

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Free Download to Make Your Blogging a Whole Lot Easier

January 16, 2009 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Working From Home No Comments →

As many of you know, I love to blog.  The Real Life Solutions blog has been up and running for over 3 years.  Blogs can be used in marketing, to share information, and can even be a used as an online business opportunity.  If you’re a blogger (or want to be one) and are looking for ways to create more content, traffic and income opportunities for your blog – this free report is going to come in handy. 

It’s called: “Fire Up Your Blog with PLR Content”

It explains 6 attractive benefits to using PLR (private label rights) content with your blogging, 12 creative ideas for using PLR and more. It’s a quick, powerful and easy to follow 3 page report with plenty of ideas you can use right away.

Click here to download yours

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Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired?

December 03, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Blogroll, Children, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Organization, Parenting, Self Esteem, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Working From Home No Comments →

Are you tired of hearing all the grumbling and complaining around your house?  Do you ever find yourself just feeling down for no reason?  Maybe it’s time the family has a positive attitude adjustment.  It may take some time to get everyone in the swing of things, but before you know it everyone will be enjoying life more.

Growing up, many of us heard “Can’t died in the poor house”; meaning that saying you can’t do something will get you no where.  How can you bring that phrase to life? Simple –put it into practice. Set up a money jug, and every time someone says something negative, they have to contribute a set amount of money, like a nickel, every time.  You could make it a contest, maybe even between the kids and the adults. Whoever wins by being the most positive, having the least amount of money in their jar after a set period of time, gets both jugs of money.

If you don’t want to deal with using change, you could keep a chart.  Figure out what the reward will be for having a better attitude. Instead of penalizing people when they are negative, you could give a point every time someone is “caught being good” or being especially positive. You could even award bonus points if they are positive despite something disappointing happening, like failing a test at school. 

Another idea is having a time set aside to just share what we’re thankful for. Even though most people do this at Thanksgiving, it is a good thing to do year round.  We tend to take the good things for granted. By being thankful more often, it’s hard to be negative.  Just shifting your focus that little bit can make a huge difference.

A praise board is another way to help the family be more positive.  Set up a bulletin board somewhere everyone will see it.  Give each family member a section of it, or maybe even use small, separate ones for each of the kids on their bedroom doors.  Then everyone gets index cards and they have to write something nice about the person and put it on their board.  Tell each other the things you appreciate about them. Give them compliments.  Encourage them if they are down about something.  When the board is full, take the cards down and put them in a file box. Then if they have a bad day, they can either look at their board, or back through the box of cards with encouraging words just for them.

By just making a few changes, it is amazing how quickly the household’s mood can change.  The little things can really mean a lot.  Once your family starts being more positive with each other, take it a step further and share your good mood with your family and friends.

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Ways to Relieve Holiday Stress for Work-At-Home Moms

November 17, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Working From Home No Comments →

Now is the time to make a plan of action and get organized with all that needs to happen before the holidays are upon us. Here are some practical tips for easing into the holidays from one WAHM to another:

Take control of your finances early, before your holiday shopping begins, and develop a realistic budget to follow. If you can avoid using credit cards and only pay cash for gifts, you will breathe easier in January when the credit card bill arrives. Paying cash helps you stay on budget and will prevent you from making any rash decisions or buying outlandish gifts.

Prior to driving to the mall, make a list of your gift ideas for each person so you won’t be left wandering aimlessly from store to store, hoping for some divine inspiration. With the outrageous cost of gasoline, bundle your shopping trips to stores that are near each other. Your time is worth money to your clients and should be viewed as valuable by you, too.

Take advantage of your lunch break to shop online. Ordering online is a godsend when you need to ship items out of state. Paying for the online company to ship a gift is far less costly and time consuming than packing it up yourself and waiting with half the town in line at the post office.

Be focused and use any breaks in your work schedule to your advantage. Write out a few holiday cards or wrap a few presents in between client calls. Both tasks become more manageable when broken down into smaller time frames.

When you sit down to write your gift list with a nice cup of tea, decide if you will buy gifts just for family members or if you will also include your children’s teachers, bus drivers, garbage haulers, postal workers, religious education teachers, sports coaches…you get the drift. The list could get very long and break your budget if you don’t plan well.

A great gift idea for these “extra” people in your life is something homemade. If you are a big holiday baker, simply buy a few pretty tins and bake a few extra batches of your favorite cookies or breads. For those of you who do not bake, look for some recipes for making “Gifts in a Jar”. You can buy large or small mason jars at craft stores and you simply layer the dry ingredients of your favorite cookie recipe, close the lid, tie with pretty ribbon, and you have a lovely gift. Don’t forget to attach a copy of the recipe to the jar!

Organizing your holiday card list early will eliminate many headaches and hand cramps later on. Pare down your list, order your cards early, order your stamps online or with your postal carrier, and put all the addresses on computer labels. You can easily find labels with holiday designs and you can add a fun font for a customized look. Many card companies also offer to have your cards stamped with your family or business name, thus saving even more time.

Can you delegate any of the holiday prep to your older children or spouse? Your computer wizard teenager might be willing to input your holiday card list so you can print out address labels. Maybe an older child would be willing to babysit for the day so you can shop for gifts in peace. If you are preparing a holiday dinner, ask other relatives or friends to bring a dish. Older elementary school kids can help read recipes and layer the items in your gift jars.

Rather than build up your holiday as a Martha Stewart-recreation, complete with handmade gift wrap, make your holiday plans realistic to suit the needs of your family and your schedule. Focus instead on the peace, love and joy in your life and take time to count your many blessings.

Visit Real Life Solutions for free resources to help you during the Holidays