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Year one of going full-time with my own marketing company has come to an end. It’s been an incredible experience so far and it’s not slowing down anytime soon!

Creating a new company can be incredibly overwhelming to start. It used to keep me up at night wondering if I had what it took or not to be a business owner. I kept pushing through and it’s been going really well recently.

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How It Started

Last October I had just graduated from Lambda School and I had the option to join Font Awesome as a software developer. Unfortunately, something happened that delayed me from joining their team for another month. …


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Many folks are interested in doing freelance writing as a full-time job but they’re not sure how to start.

How much should you charge?

What’s a typical day look like?

Where can you even find clients who pay well?

We’re going to answer all those questions and more in this article. I’ve been writing professionally for a little over three years at this point. I wanted to share my experiences with freelance writing with you to help you get started in the space. While this may be the “ultimate guide” as I called it that doesn’t mean I know everything or that every other Medium writer is wrong. …


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When you stop learning you stop being as useful. This is especially true in any tech-related fields, marketing, writing, filmmaking, content creation, health, and pretty much anything else.

I read to learn most of the time but I also read to enjoy a story. I’m reading The Stand by Stephen King right now. I highly suggest checking it out if you’re a Stephen King fan.

It doesn’t matter if you want to increase the information you take in to learn more or read more interesting stories. I do it for both and it works well for both.

Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. …


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If you’re stuck at home in quarantine during this pandemic then it’s the perfect time to use some great apps to improve productivity, happiness, and health.

These are five apps that help me be productive and stay productive. It can be a battle right now to get or stay productive.

For me, business is down so I could play video games or binge watch Netflix all day every day and not lose any money. The issue with that is that I could be doing plenty of other things to help grow my business. …


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Social media marketing is more about starting and less about how you start. That doesn’t stop the “how” from being a crucial part of using social media to help drive organic traffic and growth for your business.

You are what you share — Charles Leadbeater

The easiest way to handle your social media marketing for your business is to create custom pages for it all. For example, I have a personal Instagram account and Facebook profile but I created a Facebook page for my business and recently made a business Instagram account too.

That’s just a lot of accounts. …


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You’re stuck inside for the next two weeks to two months depending on how things go with COVID-19. Some people and places are forced to be in quarantine while others are just highly suggested to be.

There’s been one case in my county so far and we heard of it two days ago. Far before that people were already practicing social distancing. In fact, two weeks ago, when the disease first came to the US, businesses in my city of Joplin, Missouri were already closing up shop in preparation.

Just because you can’t work doesn’t mean you can’t be productive while you’re at home during quarantine! Let’s talk about five productive things you can do while quarantined. …


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There are now over 2,000 cases of Coronavirus in the United States. If it continues to spread most people won’t want to leave their homes. Some places are already feeling the impact of the pandemic around the country. This is causing less and less business to be conducted in person. What will be the effects of the Coronavirus on business and how can you make the most of this decline of in-person business transactions.

The pandemic will affect different businesses in different ways. For example, food services have seen between a 40 to 70 percent decrease in business. …


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Content is fire. Social media is gasoline.

Jay Baer

It’s all about engagement and building a reputation with your customers. If your customers think of you as just a business then they’ll treat you like one. However, if you pull back the curtain and allow them to see the people of that business then they will begin to form relationships with those people. Using content for organic business growth is all about transparency and letting people get to know the people in the company. …


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It’s hard to fail but it’s worse never to have tried to succeed.

- Theodore Roosevelt

If you want something but never try to actually achieve it then you don’t actually want it. You can tell me you want it all day but until you show me the results, I won’t believe you.

Actions speak louder than words so take action instead of wasting your breath.

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As much as I want everyone I help to succeed, I know some of them will fail. It’s not because they can’t succeed or I can’t help them. It’s because they just don’t want to succeed. …


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I have goals. You have goals. We all have goals.

How do those of us who achieve our goals do it?

We write them down.

Don’t Lose Sight

In the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to lose track of our goals and what we really want. It’s sometimes tempting to forget about our goals to pursue something easier. This causes us to lose track of our goals that much more.

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You can sit on your ass playing Call of Duty all day to improve your K/D (Kill/Death (ratio)) or you can do something that matters. If you want to be a Twitch streamer or a gaming YouTuber then fair enough as long as you’re recording. Otherwise, you don’t have a great excuse. …

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Christian Helms ❤️

Knowledge is everything. Software Engineer, Coach, Writer. Helms Media Founder. Much love.

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