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Failing at Your Own Business–Online Summit Presenter

I know you are probably thinking “Give it a rest already” the Work Freedom summit is OVER. But, to be true to form, I must write and share my latest epic income-generating disaster. 

If you’ll remember, I participated in the Work Freedom Summit a few weeks back. I spoke about publishing eBooks, something I know a bit about. Of course, I could have also presented information on freelance content writing, teaching ESL online, affiliate marketing, creating online courses, blogging, overcoming insurmountable obstacles, and finding your passion. However, when the hosts got around to my application, apparently everything had been taken but the eBooks topic, so it was a take it or leave it situation.

So let’s talk about the interview first. I thought it went ok, until I went to share my slides. Just before the call, I had been practicing and forgotten to reset the slides, so I began with the end in mind or something. Being flustered, it took me a few minutes to even figure out why the slide I was looking at wasn’t the title slide. To make matters worse, instead of typing 1 and hitting enter to return to the title slide, I SCROLLED through them backwards looking in panic for the title slide. 

Then there was that oversight on my part about the link to the handy worksheet I had prepared. I was supposed to send the host a copy of that document erroneously believing that it would be included in the bonus section or at the very least, a pdf link after my bio. Nope. It appeared absolutely NOWHERE because I FORGOT to send it!

So today, feel free to download this document about the steps on How to Turn Your Blog into a Book (which is an upcoming eBook).

Another issue that I’m sure was all in my head was that I sort of felt like the kid sister in this whole experience. You know, the one mom said you HAD to let tag along but you really didn’t want to because somehow I was left off the initial contact list and missed the first few communicants from the presenters. Then I was supposed to get an email to check my profile page but didn’t so had to ask the host about it. But it all worked out.

I was able to attend a few of the sessions during the summit and listed those in a previous post. I just wanted to make a commentary on the communication styles of the presenters here.

With one notable exception, the women presenters participated in a dialogue with the host and the men expounded their thoughts at the host. I know that’s not really a new observation on the differences between male and female communication styles, but seeing it in these back to back sessions really brought it home to me. The communication styles also influenced how I, as a female observer, absorbed the information presented. I was more interested in, hence felt like I learned more from, the dialogue rather than the pontificating, naturally. 

I also noticed that not one of the presenters in the sessions I attended used slides! WHAT? I thought that conducting my session as a class would be the most natural way to provide the information to viewers and as a consequence, spent some time on slide creation. ALL of the presenters were just talking heads, no additional graphics, nothing in the background to spark creative interaction, NOTHING! They might as well have been podcasts (which I also recently did for that first time and you can find that here.)

Now for the nitty gritty. It would have been nice to have received some monetary compensation for my time and effort in promoting, but as no one signed up for the paid version of the Work Freedom Summit via my affiliate link, I earned a big fat goose egg. I’m not as disappointed as you might think, since I went into this as a learning experience rather than expecting to make the big bucks, but still….

Those are the negatives. There were some positives about this experience, however.

First, I learned that I could do this! Remember how I mentioned in a previous post that participating in a video summit was something way beyond my comfort zone? Well, it was, but I did it anyway. And it wasn’t so bad. Neither was sharing a graphic with MY picture on it all over social media. I mean, it wasn’t my favorite thing in the world to do, but I did it!

I also picked up a few useful tidbits from the presentations that I am planning on implementing beginning in the new year. So my time spent in viewing wasn’t wasted at all. (And neither will yours be if you choose to get the lifetime access pass now available. Wink Wink, Nudge nudge) 

Lastly, the summit deadline made me get on the stick and finish the publishing course I’ve been working on. It’s live. You can see it here: Book It: Everything You Need to Know to Publish Your Book on Amazon.

I’m looking for Beta Testers for the course before I make a big deal over it. If you, or anyone you know is brave enough to self-publish or has already self-published, I’d love for you to give me feedback on the material I’ve provided in this course. Please contact me with the form below.

All in all, my first summit presenter experience was a mixed bag of tricks. But I can say, I’ve been there, done that, and it’s time to move on to another venture. 

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Work Freedom Summit 2019. Did you miss it?

The thing with online summits is you only get free access for a limited period of time. Depending on your schedule, you may not get to listen to all the sessions you planned to. I know that happened to me with the Work Freedom Summit this week. 

On Thursday, I enjoyed Getting Started with Blogging, Creating Online Courses, Getting Started with Coaching. On Friday, I was able to listen to Turning Your Passions into Profit, Work at Home Possibilities, and How to Create Udemy Courses. Saturday brought me Proofreading and Editing, Website Design & Digital Services.

There were segments that I totally wanted to get the information from, but you know, laundry needed done, classes needed to be taught, and lunch needed prepared, so I didn’t get to them. If that happened to you, take heart. You can get LIFETIME access to all of the sessions plus bonus content for a fraction of what the material is worth. 

If you purchase today, you’ll get all this for just $67. If you wait until tomorrow, the price goes up. You have just until 9 PM EST for this pricepoint, so time is of the essence if you want in on this informative online Work Freedom summit for a reasonable price.

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Failing at your Own Business–Author

The end of January brought me my first 1099-MISC from Kindle Direct Publishing. Would you believe I made $12.91 in royalties from the sale of my books in 2018? Ok, well, that’s not a lot of moolah, but it’s a start, isn’t it? My goal is to double that income this year. Seems obtainable.

January itself was off to a rousing start. I had 107 downloads via Amazon. Unfortunately, they were all FREE downloads from my promotions. 117 pages were read via Kindle Unlimited. That netted me a total of $2.07 in royalties that I’ll get next month. Guess I can’t quit my day job just yet.

writing goingNo one ever said that being a writer was an easy road. Since I’ve decided not to be dismayed, I am continuing work on the 5 books I have planned for this year. I hope to have another ready for publication by the end of February, but with the internet being what it is, uploading the book to Amazon may be delayed a bit.

Additionally, I went ahead and set up a new web site as an official author just in time for National Entrepreneurship Week (February 16-23). Very apropos since I am “setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit” with this venture.

I’ll still be blogging my wild and wacky adventures in Mexico here at Surviving Mexico, so never fear. The new blog will be going in a completely different direction.

content creative heading.jpgContent Creative will be devoted to writing, blogging, and reading. You can expect interviews with authors, book reviews and inspirational articles and how-to guides for bloggers, writers, and reviewers.

So should any of those topics tickle your fancy, you can find me in my new position as a freelance writer/reviewer at:

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Failing at your own business–Tour descriptions

Facebook has been useful in finding several of the income generating opportunities I’ve taken advantage of in the past. (Textbook Video Star). And recently, it came through again.

I happened to see a message about a company looking for someone to write tour descriptions for a cruise line and thought “I bet I can do that.” So I contacted the poster. She said the person should be living in Mexico, have a Paypal account and be able to create interesting text.  And again I thought “I can do that.”

She sent me a sample via email and then asked me to write a description of a tour the company sponsored using links to similar write-ups and a bit of online internet research along with the itinerary. I did well enough that she sent my sample to the business owner and in a few days, I was officially hired.

Wow

The pay is nominal at $100 per article, but it sure beats grading essays. There has been a bit of a learning curve. I’ve had to rewrite two of the articles I submitted so far, but again, it sure beats writing essays. It’s variable, some days I have 4 articles, other days, nothing, but, yes again, it sure beats essays.

So far I’ve enjoyed doing research on the attractions each trip visits, although there are some trips I plan on NEVER going on. There was that one that stopped at an active volcano site in Italy where in 2017 an 11-year-old boy slid into a crevice and both his parents died trying to save him, leaving his 7-year-old brother as the only survivor. What a horrible vacation! Needless to say, that wasn’t included in the tour description.

Pay is transferred to my Paypal account twice a month. I completed 7 articles in the first pay period which ended up being about $670 pesos after Paypal deducted its fees.

So while I won’t become a millionaire doing these write-ups, it will pay the internet bill for the month with a little left over for some tacos de tripa.

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