A small biz challenge: step up your game

One of the ‘making the escape’ questions I’m asked most often is – when do I know it’s time to leave my job. And while I’m all for being brave and having confidence in yourself, I think some people do make the leap too quickly.

Being a freelancer and small business owner is different than working for someone else. You need to do all the things, and you need to do them well.

I’ve seen it throughout my own niche (blog designers) and I’m sure it’s rampant in other industries too – biz owners who jump in the game just because they want the job.

I’m aware of this because I’m asked basic coding and design questions on a regular basis by bloggers who make income from design.

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How to start a blogger meet-up in your city // XOSarah.com

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Blog Love


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Teresa made The Escape

Teresa shares how she left her corporate job to create a passion-based business // XOSarah.com

Today Teresa is here to share how she left her busy corporate job to slow down and create a business as a yoga teacher and empowerment coach. Tell us about yourself, what you did pre-escape, and what you do now Pre-escape, I worked for an advertising agency planning and buying media. I was young and the perks that it came with were fun...tickets READ MORE >>>

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6 things to double check when a blog post goes viral

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Every once in a while a post from deep in my archives suddenly brings in a ton of traffic. It happened last week when this post was shared by a popular pinner on Pinterest. So I took a few minutes to check it over and make sure it was lookin' good for all those brand new visitors. Anytime a post is linked by a popular source and goes viral, I READ MORE >>>

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This week has been a little crazy! At the very last minute I decided to join the aerial studio's teaching program and now I'm back to being a student for the first time in almost 8 years. There are binders and handouts and note taking and it is SO strange! Like a crazy person I'm now doubling the amount of time I'm spending in the studio and it READ MORE >>>