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Calling all creatives

My podcast logo with the words Inspirational Journeys: Stories that Matter

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on thee internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys: Stories that Matter. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please email me, connect with me on social media or fill out my contact form with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your message.

If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with your interview.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

 

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Editing Q&A with Kelly Martin

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This week, My special guest and I talk about writing briefly, but I pick her brain about editing, which is one of the things I’m finding that I love to do. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and come hang out with us as we talk all things editing and a little about writing.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Kelly Martin!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Kelly Martin

WHEN?

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Kelly Martin…

Kelly Martin lives in a possibly haunted house in a small southern town. While she’d like to say paranormal things have only happened to her at her home, it would be a lie…

She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and an international #1 best selling author in horror, paranormal, contemporary, historical, young adult, and mysteries. All of Kelly’s books have one thing in common– imagine the real world is tilted slightly on its side. You don’t really know what’s going on, what’s missing, but there is a tilt, a hum you can barely hear, telling you that something is off.

Email Kelly Martin at kelly @kellymartinbooks.com (no spaces). Visit her website at http://www.kellymartinbooks.com

Kelly’s featured book is entitled THE BAD ONES (sequel to Fake Nora)

Description:

Shadows come from the mirror…

And then there are nightmares.

A month after Nora and her friend from the mirror, Jesse, defeated the doppelganger who haunts mirrors, life has returned to normal. For Nora. A relic from a past era, thirteen-year-old Jesse has a difficult time adjusting to the twenty-first century.

Jesse fears the ghosts of souls, the Bad Ones, lurking in the reflections, are planning on seeping through the mirror and dragging him back.

Only when the voice of a friend from the past begs for his help from inside the mirror, Jesse has to choose between living in fear or facing the Bad Ones in the mirror once and for all.

Lies.

Betrayal.

Hope…

Nothing is as it seems.

Purchase link:

https://books2read.com/u/mZQa2E

Excerpt:

FAKE NORA

The sign over the covered antique mirror said DO NOT TOUCH. Twelve-year-old Nora wished she had listened.

Mirrors reflect what is in front of them, but what happens behind the glass—to the reflections themselves? Nora finds out when her own reflection, aka Fake Nora, changes places with her one night. Nora is shoved in a place that looks exactly like her house with no echoes, dull lights, and muted sounds. It isn’t her home at all, simply a shell of a place she loves.

Fake Nora is living her best life in Nora’s house, feeding on the fear of her little brother while no one else at the house knows anything is wrong.

Inside “reflectionland,” Nora meets thirteen-year-old Jesse, who has been stuck in his mirror since the forties, and he warns her that they aren’t alone in the house. There are others sneaking around, known as the bad ones—spirits of people who gave up after vanishing in the mirror.

Refusing to stay a reflection forever, Nora conjures a plan to escape, but Fake Nora isn’t about to give up her life in Nora’s home. And Jesse? He could become a bad one forever.

connect with Kelly at the following links:

Website: www.kellymartinbooks.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/kellymartinbooks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kellymartinauthor

TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@kellymartinauthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ReadKellyMartin

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Show and Tell Writing with Mike Ulmer

Headshot of Mike Ulmer

This week, my special guest and I sat down and had a lovely conversation about one of my favorite things to talk about, writing. Sit back, relax, tune into our conversation and laugh along with us as we discuss his rules of writing and how he helps other people write their books.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Show and Tell Writing with Mike Ulmer

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Mike Ulmer

WHEN?

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Mike Ulmer…

With over 30 plus years of writing experience, Mike Ulmer has written 14 books, thousands of newspaper articles and conducted more than 10,000 interviews. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of the best selling alphabet in Canadian publishing history, M is for Maple.

Mike’s featured book is entitled, Show and Tell Writing: A great, short business book about how to write a great, short business book.

Description:

Mike traces his own story and evolution as a writer to create the ultimate handbook for people who want to rejuvenate their businesses. Show and Tell Writing explains how writers access our hardwired need to resolve patterns and reach conclusions to create know, like and trust, tells us why every book is a business book and details the three pillars of a great business book: The Proposition, The Backstory and The Recommendations.

Purchase link:

https://www.amazon.com/Show-Tell-Writing-Great-Business/dp/B09WSZP3ZM/ref=sr_1_5?crid=9P6IS9GZ26YT&keywords=show+and+tell+writing&qid=1650503283&sprefix=show+and+tell+writing%2Caps%2C151&sr=8-5

Check out this Book Excerpt on YouTube.

connect with Mike at the following links:

Home

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-ulmer-554814a3/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Making Sense of the Bible in Three Simple Steps with Chad M. Mansbridge

This week, my special guest gives a quick overview of the three essential questions to ask yourself, to help you make sense of the Bible. Sit back, relax, and tune in as we talk about his new book and his podcast.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Making Sense of the Bible in 3 Simple steps with Chad M. Mansbridge!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Chad M. Mansbridge

WHEN?

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR AND PASTOR Chad Mansbridge…

Chad M. Mansbridge is a pastor, author, conference speaker and one of Australia’s most dynamic Bible teachers—known for his ability to communicate

profound and complex truth with clarity, simplicity and a whole lot of fun!

At just 23yrs of age, Chad and his wife (Jaye) planted and pioneered Bayside Church International; a thriving local church located in Victor Harbor, on

the south coast of South Australia, where they are currently serving their twentieth year of pastoral ministry.

Chad’s latest book—You Can Handle the Truth—deals with the complex concern of how Christians should read, understand, and apply the Scriptures. Its conversational

tone, innovative layout and original artwork makes it a standout in the hermeneutics space, with the goal of making the intimidating task of

biblical interpretation as approachable as possible for the everyday believer. Endorsements for this project testify to its broad Christian appeal—with

praise from Pentecostals and Presbyterians, professors and pastors, teen bloggers and bestselling authors, college presidents, prominent publishers, and

even Bible translators—the book has recently been declared the GOLD Medallion winner in the Bible Study category for the 2022 Illumination Book Awards.

Details for You can Handle the Truth:

Description:

The Bible is for everyone … and you can handle it!

You Can Handle the Truth is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to biblical interpretation (or hermeneutics), equipping everyday believers to read and

heed God’s Word.

Struggle to read your Bible on a regular basis? Find some parts confusing, complicated or even contradictory? Wonder how to make sense of certain passages,

or question its relevance to your day-to-day life? Rest assured, you are not alone! While Christians are often encouraged to study and obey the Scriptures

… very few are taught how.

In this book, you’ll be mentored on how to: choose a translation, read your Bible effectively, discover a text’s meaning, consider context, see the Scriptures

as a unified story leading to Christ, discern between literal and non-literal passages, find personal significance, and share it with others.

Its purpose is to present long-established principles of biblical interpretation to a new generation of Bible students.

Purchase link:

Connect with Chad at the following links:

www.chadmansbridge.com

(8) Chad M. Mansbridge – YouTube

(20+) Chad M. Mansbridge | Facebook

Chad M. Mansbridge on Apple Podcasts

Chad M. Mansbridge | Podcast on Spotify

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

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https://www.youtube.com/user/annsmusic1

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5 ways to market your business on a shoestring budget by guest contributor Lucy Reed

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Whether you’re an author, professional writer, or a freelance editor, marketing your business is a necessary part of increasing brand awareness. Although this task can be challenging, if you have little or no budget, guest contributor Lucy Reed shows you how to market your business with little or no cost.

How to Market Your Business on a Shoestring Budget

Starting a business in Georgia is hard enough without having the added responsibility of being your own marketing department. The right marketing strategy can make a difference in whether you succeed or fail as an entrepreneur, even if you’re starting with no budget. With a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, it’s possible to get the word out about your business without spending a fortune. This article presented by Ann Harrison provides ideas on how to start marketing your business on a shoestring budget.

Why Your Business Needs Marketing

Marketing is no longer an option for businesses — it’s a necessity. In today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, companies need to engage in marketing to survive. Marketing is essential for your business because it helps create awareness, generate leads, and build your brand.

Start With a Plan

A marketing plan is a roadmap that helps you achieve your marketing objectives. It outlines your business goals, budget, and strategies for reaching your target market. A well-crafted marketing plan can help you save time and money by focusing on the right things.

Use Free or Low-Cost Marketing Channels

If you’re on a tight budget, plenty of free or low-cost marketing channels are available. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Social media. Platforms such as Facebook and Instagram are perfect for promoting your business on a budget. Create a profile and start sharing your content. Using Instagram, you may need to utilize an online picture resizer to adjust and download your photos to the app to follow the posting guidelines.
  • Search engine optimization. By optimizing your website for relevant keywords, you can attract organic traffic from search engines, such as Google. It’s a long-term strategy, but it can pay off if done right.
  • Content marketing. Content marketing is a great way to attract new customers and build relationships with existing ones. You can create blog posts, articles, e-books, and infographics.
  • Direct mail. Direct mail can be a great way to reach your target market in Rochelle, Georgia, especially if you’re targeting businesses. You can send out coupons, postcards, or catalogs.
  • Networking. Meeting people in person and  online, and  building relationships is still one of the best ways to market your business. Attend local networking events, online workshops and conferences, or start your own networking group.

Align Your Message with Your Target Customers

Tailor your marketing message to your target customers. If you try to appeal to everyone, you appeal to no one. Figure out your ideal customer, and craft your marketing messages around their needs and wants to speak directly to your customers.

Measure and Evaluate Your Marketing Efforts

It’s essential to track the results of your marketing efforts, so you can gauge their effectiveness. You can do this in several ways, such as monitoring website traffic, leads generated, and sales converted. By measuring your results, you can determine which marketing channels work best for you and focus your efforts there.

Achieve Your Goals

Marketing your business on a shoestring budget doesn’t have to be complicated. With creativity and planning, you can reach your target market and achieve your marketing goals. If you’re looking for a marketing writer in Rochelle, Georgia, contact Ann Harrison to take your business to the next level.

Share your tips and strategies for marketing your business and increasing brand awareness in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

Lucy Reed created Gig Mine to help others dig up sharing economy opportunities in a user’s area, all in a single location, so users don’t have to jump between multiple sites. It’s the new and improved way to get a gig job!

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: The Upsides and Downsides of a Life of Extraordinary Service with Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor

This is a picture of Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor

This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with a husband and wife team who cowrote the story of John and Clara Schmitt. Unfortunately I was unable to download the audible sample for Called, so I’ve put it in the podcast description and the show notes on my website.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor

WHEN?

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHORS Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor…

Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor are spiritual seekers whose writing explores the depths of who we are and what’s possible in our lives. They have devoted themselves to supporting others in identifying and removing the barriers to realizing their dreams. They consider every blog, essay, video, book or workshop an opportunity to share their insights with others, as well as learn more about their own transformational journey. Marlena is also author of the memoir, Nothing Bad Between Us: A Mennonite Missionary’s Daughter Finds Healing in Her Brokenness (Mango Publishing Group, 2020).

This week’s featured book is entitled, Called

Description:

Get swept away by the inspiring true story of John and Clara Schmidt, determined Mennonite medical pioneers, whose relentless devotion and sacrifice often verge on madness. Set against the backdrop of World War II, Nazi uprisings, revolutions in Argentina and Paraguay, and the scourge of leprosy left untreated, Dr. John and Clara Schmidt commit to living a life of service.

Purchase link:

Link to the audiobook sample for Called:

Excerpt:

“A beat-up diesel pickup truck sputtered as it came over the hill into view. Clara jumped to her feet, nearly tripping on the long canvas apron tied around her waist. With her left wrist, she pushed aside a strand of hair that had escaped her kerchief.

A half-dozen Paraguayan men in torn filthy shirts stood in the bed of the truck, passing a bottle around, their fists pumping the air. Who were they? She dropped the trowel still dripping with adobe sludge from the last brick she was setting, and stood, staring. As they grew nearer, she could make out their shouts.

Lepra de satán…que mueran todos…guerra contra satán.”

Could she run? Escape? Clara jerked her head around to take in the rubble of recently cleared land where she and John planned to build the clinic, the thatched-roofed lean-to stacked high with adobe bricks, the tarp on the ground behind her covered with plaster, and the partial wall to her left. There was nowhere to go.

The truck slowed as it approached Clara. The men thrust their fists at her, and their voices rose to a wild crescendo. “Lepra…que mueran…trabajo de satán…”

Following the driver’s lead, a few of them jumped to the ground, grabbed rocks from the truck bed and moved toward Clara. She backed up, grasping her apron as though it might shield her from the angry, wild-looking men. Why was John traveling around in Brazil when she needed him? Clara’s lips trembled. He wasn’t due back for another month.

Without taking her eyes off the men, Clara sensed by her side the presence of Johann Teichgraef. “Johann,” she said between clenched teeth, “who are these men and what do they want?”

 “They’re from Itacurubí, Frau Clara, just up the road from us, and they’re saying that you will not live and that they’ll destroy this hospital. They refuse to let you bring lepers into their neighborhood.”

The men pulled more rocks off the truck bed. Teichgraef continued to translate, his voice getting thinner and tighter. “They’re saying that they’ve brought these rocks to destroy you and your satanic work here at Km. 81.”

Clara’s chest muscles constricted. She wished she knew Spanish. Surely, she could explain the Lord’s work. Explain that they were here to help.

Clara took a deep breath and slowly turned to Teichgraef. “Please ask them if they would like to have some coffee and Zwieback.” She pointed to the angry men, who were still pulling rocks from the truck bed.

Teichgraef relayed the message. The men stopped shouting. They stared at Clara.

Slapping her hands against the sides of her apron to remove some of the mud, Clara walked toward the lean-to where she kept what little provisions she had. “Here, I have this thermos full of iced coffee and these are Zwieback that my maid baked yesterday. You probably don’t know what Zwieback are…” In her nervousness she forgot that they didn’t understand a word she was saying. “Um… Johann, please tell them I’d like to pray with them before we eat?”

The men didn’t move, their dark eyes darting back and forth between their driver and Clara.

Clara clasped her trembling hands together. “Lord, we thank you for your love and protection. Bless this food, we pray, in Christ’s name. Amen.” She held out the bag of Zwieback and motioned for the men to come.

The driver said something to the men and one by one they dropped their rocks. They ate Zwieback and drank iced coffee with Clara and then quietly climbed back onto the truck and left.”

Connect with Marlena and Ed at the following links:

https://calledasaga.com/

https://www.facebook.com/authormarlenafiol

https://www.linkedin.com/in/marlena-fiol-13385b94/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: How Rachel’s Song can change your life with Dave Combs

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The photo shows Dave Combs at the piano

This week I had the pleasure of speaking to a composer of soothing instrumental music, of whom I have become a fan. Sit back, relax, and eavesdrop on or conversation as my special guest shares the story of how “Rachel’s song” touches the lives of so many people, including me.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

How Rachel’s Song can change your life with Dave Combs!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Dave Combs

WHEN?

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR AND MUSICIAN Dave Combs…

Dave Combs is a songwriter, entrepreneur, successful business executive, and best-selling

author. Over the past four decades he has written over 120 songs and created fifteen albums of

soothing, relaxing instrumental piano music, including the popular standard, Rachel’s Song. His

music has been played millions of times on radio, satellite, and all internet streaming media. He

is the author of the bestselling book, Touched by the Music. The book is about an inspired (some

say anointed) song, the man who wrote it, the successful music business that grew from it, and

the millions of people whose lives continue to be touched by Dave’s peaceful music and his

uplifting stories. Best-selling author, Jack Canfield, says this about Dave: “Not only is he the

composer of some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard, but he is a man of faith and has

the heart of someone wanting to make a difference in this world. And he is a great storyteller and

writer.” In his book, Dave Combs brings to life his amazing journey through his own personal,

captivating, and inspiring stories. Dave grew up in Erwin, a small town in East Tennessee, and

now he and his wife Linda make their home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Dave’s Featured book is entitled Touched by the Music: How the Story and Music of “Rachel’s Song” Can Change Your Life

Description:

This book is about an inspired (some say anointed) song, the man who wrote it, the successful

music business that grew from it, and the millions of people whose lives continue to be

touched by the music. Musician and master storyteller Dave Combs brings to life his journey

through up close and personal stories of the many steps along the way. Elevate your joy and

peace through the power of his soft, soothing, relaxing music and inspirational stories.

Purchase link:

Connect with Dave at the following links:

Website: https://CombsMusic.com

About the author: https://combsmusic.com/about/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TouchedByTheMusic

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-combs-62998a6

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/combsmusic

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

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6 Essential Tips for Home-Based Business Meetings During the Pandemic, by Guest Contributor Brittany Fisher

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Today I bring you another business related post from my special guest contributor, Brittany Fisher!

Working from home has become the new normal for many people, with the end of COVID nowhere in sight. But especially for entrepreneurs, figuring out how to create a safe, professional environment for business meetings has been frustrating. Whether your home office is too small to accommodate social distancing or your living room needs some design changes, it’s important to think about how to make meaningful changes to your space and prepare for both in-person and virtual meetings so that you can run your business while staying as safe as possible.

When you’re ready to create a safe meeting area in your home, follow these tips brought to you below by Ann Writes Inspiration.

Double-check the basics

Before you start planning your next meeting, now is a great time to take a quick step back and make sure you’ve taken care of all of the basics for your business. For example, if you’ve just recently started your small business, make sure you’ve reserved your business’s name through the office of the Secretary of State, formed an LLC so that you can set up a business bank account and protect your personal assets, and applied for an Employer Identification Number. Taking these steps will ensure your business is legit and allow you to fully focus on setting up and prepping for important meetings for your business.

Spruce things up

It can be difficult to truly see your furniture because you live with it every day, but our couches and chairs take a lot of wear and tear in a given year. If your furnishings are worn out or damaged by pets, it’s time for a change. You don’t have to give up a favorite piece, however; simply look for an upholstery service that can help you revive the frame with new fabric. Search online for local upholstery shops to see your options, and read reviews to help with your decision. As for the cost, it will vary according to the size of the piece you want changed and whether or not you have a custom job. This is a fast, easy way to refresh your furniture and give the space an update.

Make it safe

Fresh furniture will make an impact for both in-person and virtual meetings, but there are some other considerations you’ll need to make if you’re going to have a client in your home. While safety guidelines vary by state, there are some universal suggestions to keep in mind, such as wearing masks and social distancing. Seniors, in particular, may want to require anyone who’s meeting in-person show their vaccination record or a recent negative COVID test.

If your home office doesn’t have the space to allow for six feet of distance between you and your client, move the meeting to the living room. Open windows to keep the air circulating, and consider investing in an air purifier. You might even think about adding UV light to your HVAC system, which has been shown in studies to kill certain types of bacteria and has other advantages when it comes to airflow.

Keep in mind that if you make any changes to your home, they could make the home more attractive to buyers should you decide to sell. Always make notes of the changes you’ve made, and keep receipts as well. Doing so could help increase your property’s appraisal value.

Stage the area

Whether you’re going to hold meetings in a home office or in the living room, online or in-person, it’s essential to think about how you’ll set up the area. In-person meetings will benefit from a clean, uncluttered space with access to hand sanitizer and snacks or beverages that are in sealed containers. For virtual meetings, set up a small work area with great lighting and make sure the space that’s visible on-screen is simple and tastefully decorated to avoid distractions. You’ll also want to ensure that your family members and pets won’t interrupt during this time. And especially if you’re meeting in-person, certain upgrades and improvements are sure to impress, such as a freshly painted front door and walls, polished hardwoods, and well-manicured landscaping. Even better, by making these improvements for your home-based meetings, you can actually also potentially increase your home’s appraisal value.

Keep contact to a minimum

The beauty of online meetings is that everyone can remain separated and contact-free, but in-person appointments sometimes require things like signatures and payment arrangements. Look for an accounting service that handles invoicing and payments to make the process touch-free, and set up an account with a service such as DocuSign, which allows for digital signatures on important documents.

Set up an online space for your business

If you don’t already have a business website, now is a great time to set one up. Doing so will not only allow you to market your business, but it also gives your clients and potential clients an easy point of contact for setting up meetings, asking questions about products/services, making payments to you, and so on.

Making business arrangements can be tricky these days, but the good news is, there are several simple things you can do to ensure safety. Be sure to consult with your client before any in-person meeting to find out whether they have special health considerations that might necessitate a virtual encounter instead.

Remember, you can find more incredible content just like this by exploring the many different blog posts available on Ann Writes Inspiration!

Brittany Fisher has spent more than 20 years as a CPA. She runs her own site, Financiallywell.info where she shares her knowledge about taxes, personal finance and general financial literacy hoping to help anyone who may benefit from it

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Leaders Press helps Entrepreneurs become bestselling authors with Alinka Rutkowska

Alinka Rutkowska headshot

This week, my special guest shares the story of how she started her publishing company, Leaders Press. She also talks about how Leaders press helps Entrepreneurs turn their book ideas into USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Leaders Press helps entrepreneurs become bestselling authors with Alinka Rutkowska!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Alinka Rutkowska

WHEN?

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST PUBLISHER Alinka Rutkowska…

Alinka Rutkowska is the CEO of Leaders Press (www.leaderspress.com), a USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling press, where she creates books for entrepreneurs from scratch and launches them to best-seller with a 100% success rate.

She runs a hybrid publishing house with traditional distribution (via Simon & Schuster) through which more than 500 entrepreneurs have been able to share their stories with the world. 172 of Leaders Press authors have become USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling authors. Alinka has been featured by Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Entrepreneurs on Fire and numerous other outlets. Her mission is to help 10,000 entrepreneurs share their wisdom with the world by 2030.
Connect with Alinka at the following links:

Home – Leaders Press

(99+) Leaders Press: Overview | LinkedIn

(99+) Alinka Rutkowska | LinkedIn

(5) Leaders Press | Facebook

HTTPS://leaders press.com/how-to-get-a-book-published/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Serenity and Health of Body Mind and Spirit Based on a foundation of Faith with Donna Chacko

This week, my special guest talks about her new book and how she helps others find healing of body, mind, and spirit and putting their trust in the Lord through the ministry she founded after retiring from her work as a healthcare professional.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Serenity and Health of Body Mind and Spirit Based on a foundation of Faith with Donna Chacko!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Donna Chacko

WHEN?

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Donna Chacko…

Dr. Chacko, author of Amazon best seller Pilgrimage: A Doctor’s Healing Journey, is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She practiced medicine for decades, first as a radiation oncologist and later as a family medicine doctor caring for the poor in Washington DC. Now Donna works in the ministry she founded, Serenity and Health, to promote health of body, mind, and spirit based on a foundation of faith. 

Book title:

Pilgrimage: A Doctor’s Healing Journey

Description:

Pilgrimage is a prescriptive memoir.

On the outside, it looked like Donna Chacko had it all—lucrative and rewarding career, beautiful family, comfortable home. But inside, Donna was in turmoil. Her marriage was on the brink, crises were brewing, and her home felt like her heart— about to break.

In Pilgrimage, Donna lays her life bare as she digs into her upbringing, relationships, life choices, and fears in a deeply personal journey toward healing and wholeness. Join her as she surrenders her control and discovers that serenity and health are most easily grasped when our hands and hearts are open to what God longs to give us.

Packed with hard-won insights, this inspiring memoir includes practical advice for beginning your own pilgrimage toward health in mind, body, and spirit.

Purchase link:

Excerpt:

Decades practicing medicine and years agonizing in my marriage taught me truths about health I never learned in medical school. I’m eager to share everything I learned because I’m convinced it can transform your life, as it transformed mine.

Connect with Dr. Chacko at the following links:

Donna Chacko, MD

https://www.serenityandhealth.com

email: dc@serenityandhealth.com

Social Media

Twitter:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/serenityandhealthdc

https://www.facebook.com/donna.chacko56

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/donnachacko

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

https://www.youtube.com/user/annsmusic1