What do you NOT do?

Are you spending too much time responding to emails that aren't your idea client?? // XOSarah.com

We talk a lot about creating sales pages and promoting services and showing off all the awesome things you do, but in the name of time and sanity, it’s just as important to be clear about the things you don’t do too.

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When business starts picking up and emails are flying in, you’ll want to make sure that you’re not spending most of your time saying ‘Sorry, I don’t do that’ when you could be packing your schedule with amazing opportunities instead. Getting super specific about what you do and don’t do not only frees up time for you, but also helps people know right away whether you’re a good match and saves them time too.

And if you’re one of those people who feels bad turning someone down, defining the types of work you don’t provide can also keep you from getting sucked into projects you’re not entirely stoked about. I can design for Blogger and I can provide tech support for sites I didn’t develop, but I choose not to. If those types of services aren’t available from the start, you’ll never (or rarely) have to say no. Although I think it’s a good phrase to master anyway :)

Ways to nicely promote your don’ts

  • If you’re often asked for a certain type of work, you can head off emails with a quick note near your offerings that says something like: sorry, I’m not available to design for platforms outside of self-hosted WordPress.
  • Create a FAQ or a list of policies that’s linked on your services page (I even combined my FAQ page with my contact page to make sure it gets read)
  • Support other business by linking to their sites: For Blogger designs, I recommend  ______.

How to live a more badass life? Just do it.

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A few weeks ago, Badass Babe Anais was in town and sent me a message asking, "Feel like stand up paddle boarding? I've never done it and would love to..." To which I replied, "Oh man that sounds terrifying, but I could be conned into it!" A response which took a couple minutes of me trying to decide if I reaaaally wanted to put myself in an READ MORE >>>

Scholarship winner + 1 day left to join the Badass Babes!

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Thanks to everyone that entered! I loved reading about your goals and checking out all of your websites - hoping lots of you come hang out with me in the blog club + e-course even if you didn't win. Congratulations to...Jessica from fierceinthecity.com!! I'll be in touch soon with instructions :) Hangout on Air Tuesday night I did a LIVE READ MORE >>>

How & why you should create seasonal content for your blog

How seasonal content can boost blog traffic and bring in more readers // XOSarah.com

Halloween is coming up, then Thanksgiving, and Christmas. People will be all over the internet searching for costumes, recipes, decorations. Ways to survive their family, end of the year breakups, and that weird Jell-O thing grandma always makes. Do you have seasonal content ready? You should. Properly promoted seasonal content can skyrocket READ MORE >>>

Fab made The Escape

How Fab made The Escape from the 9 to 5 and created a passion-based business

Today Fab of beapassionjunkie.com is here to share how she a whole bunch of corporate jobs behind to strike out on her own! Tell us about yourself, what you did pre-escape, and what you do now. I am Fab, and I am a Passion Junkie. I have a background as a freelance journalist (music) and as a PR and marketing strategist. I worked for over three READ MORE >>>

Blog Love

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This week was for...lots and lots of Badass Babes (duh) and prepping everything in advance so I don't have to work when I head back to Michigan for a few days. I learned a new scary drop in aerial class, got my nails did, ate the most amazing hazelnut gelato, and soaked up a little more sunshine so all my MI buddies will be impressed with my READ MORE >>>

Fix-It Friday

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It's Friiiiiday!! The one day of the month to join a bunch of other bloggers for a whole lot of FREE design and blogging advice! Between 8AM and 5PM EST post your blog/website link in the comments and I’ll reply with one tip for improvement. I’ll do my best to give each person a different suggestion so you can come back and use all of my tips to READ MORE >>>

CLOSED: Win a Badass Babes scholarship!

Enter to win a scholarship to the Badass Babes Blog Club + E-Course!

If you’re dying to get into the Badass Babes Blog Club + E-Course but don’t have the cash flow right now, never fear! Complete the steps below and you may find yourself joining the Badass Babes free of charge! This is a two-parter and you must do both to qualify. 1. Post a tweet stating WHY you want to join the Badass Babes with a link READ MORE >>>

Should you separate business & personal pins?

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 Monday, while lots of people headed to the beach to enjoy a day off and soak up the last bit of summer, I stayed home to work on personal biz stuff. Emptied my inbox, scheduled a bunch of tweets, tweaked the Babes site. And I decided to spend a whole lot of time moving my non-business/blogging related Pinterest pins into private boards. Now, READ MORE >>>

Badass Babes Blog Club + E-Course registration open NOW!

Badass Babes Blog Club + Ecourse from XOSarah.com

Super excited to open registration again for the third session of the Badass Babes Blog Club + E-Course! If you're new to XOSarah - this is my 8-week group program designed to solve your coding issues, help you generate blog content ideas, grow your readership, and keep you motivated the entire time. It's a bit different from other e-courses READ MORE >>>