"Joleene Moody is a writer and speaker encouraging creative entrepreneurship."

Joleene Moody is a writer and speaker encouraging creative entrepreneurship.

The Day I Bombed A Speaking Gig (And 5 Things I Did To Redeem Myself)

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Make Money Speaking | 0 comments

The Day I Bombed A Speaking Gig (And 5 Things I Did To Redeem Myself)


I bombed a talk. I mean…bombed it. 

It’s true. It’s tough to put this out there because like most speakers, I want the entire world to think I’m the most amazing speaker in all of the land. But alas, things aren’t always amazing. Right? And as much as I don’t want to show up as a less-than-perfect speaker, the truth is no one is perfect and we make mistakes.

I just happened to make a big one.

Not that long ago, I delivered what I thought was a comedic, inspirational talk. I worked so hard in the days leading up to that talk. And when the moment came to stand on the stage and deliver, I was so excited. I had them engaged. They were laughing. They were nodding.

But somewhere around the 15-minute mark, I started to lose them.

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5 Things That Happen When You Stay in a Job You Don’t Love

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Creative Inspiration | 28 comments

5 Things That Happen When You Stay in a Job You Don’t Love

Do you love going to work?

I’m going to guess no, because you’re reading this post. You want out, but you don’t know how to do it. You have bills to pay, right? Mouths to feed. It’s not like you can just give two weeks notice and walk out of hell and into your dream job. Pfft. I mean, who does that?

THOUSANDS of people do that. Every day.

Droves of unhappy workers trade in their desk and stapler for a shiny new career all the time. We just don’t see it because we’re too busy suffering 8 to 10 hours a day at a job we don’t love, compromising ourselves spiritually, financially, and emotionally.

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One-Sided Social Media Relationships (5 Things to Look for When Sharing and Liking)

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Creative Entrepreneur Tips | 20 comments

One-Sided Social Media Relationships (5 Things to Look for When Sharing and Liking)

You’ve seen ’em. You know who they are and what their
motives are. They dominate Pinterest Groups and spam Facebook Groups. They don’t play nice and they don’t share. They just don’t reciprocate.

You don’t want (or need) these kinds of relationships. If there is one thing I’ve learned running an online business and blog, it’s that if you want love, you’ve got to give love.

Business is about relationships, not about what you can get for nothing.

You don’t want one-sided social media relationships. If these kinds of predators are floating in your feeds, kick them gently to the curb. In the meantime, here are 5 Things To Look For When Sharing and Liking:

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25 Incredible Responses To People Who Want a Discount

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Make Money in Your Creative Business | 25 comments

25 Incredible Responses To People Who Want a Discount

Yep, they’re everywhere. The people that want your services, but will do anything to get a discount for them. Sometimes they break us down until we agree to do it for mere pennies. Afterwards, we feel violated. Even cheated.

It’s time to break this cycle once and for all. Thus the reasons for this post.

 

 

Two things before we get to our responses:

1) If they want your services for less and are pesky about it, there’s a 99.9% chance they’re going to be pesky the entire time you work with them. RUN.

2) If you continue to discount your services, you’ll never know what it’s like when someone finally says yes to your price. You’ll never know you’re worth.

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9 Ways to Make Extra Money in Your Creative Business

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Make Money in Your Creative Business, Make Money Speaking, Make Money Writing | 29 comments

9 Ways to Make Extra Money in Your Creative Business

If you’re an artist or creative entrepreneur, you may have periods in your career where cash doesn’t flow as much as you would like it to. I’ve been there. I’m a ghostwriter / ghost blogger and there are times when I don’t have a book to write. I look at those periods in my creative business as exploration periods and have learned to embrace them. 

I’m variety driven as it is, so having various ways to make money keeps me busy and happy. If you find you’re struggling in your creative business, don’t get a part-time job that will make you miserable. Create opportunities around your talents, instead. Having said that, here are 9 Ways to Make Extra Money in Your Creative Business:

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