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Should I Post This? Millennial’s Guide to Social Sharing

Social media is old hat to most of us digital natives – arguably having evolved into the millennial’s second language. Most of us post regularly on a variety of social media platforms without even thinking twice, much less thinking about the “appropriateness” of the post.

Today’s popular social media apps are all about being “in the moment” – from Twitter’s literal “Moments” to Facebook LIVE to Instagram stories – and we tend to think of our social content strictly in the present tense, neglecting any future implications of one’s digital footprint.

But recent reports indicate that we should put some thought into our online branding, as it might come around to haunt us in the future. 79 percent of job recruiters check out candidate’s social media profiles, and 70 percent of recruiters have even rejected candidates based on inappropriate content they found online. For those of us that are self-employed, similar consequences may surface when it comes to securing investors or prospective clients. Continue Reading…

Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Freelancing/ Social Media

9 Tips for Writing Your First eBook

eBooks are all the rage.

Nifty little self-published jewels of personalized expertise – amazing!

Perhaps you’ve downloaded a few noteworthy eBooks; maybe you’re new to the whole eBook scene.

That’s cool. 

Regardless of your company’s stage of development, industry, or market, creating an eBook can be a great way to provide value to your customers and establish your expertise.

Here are 9 tips for writing your very first eBook: Continue Reading…

Social Media/ Wellness

OCD: How Social Media Can Bring Us Down

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I do it. 

You do it.

We all do it.

Obsessive Comparison Disorder, a non-scientific term coined by millennial author Paul Angone back in 2012, describes our compulsion to constantly compare ourselves with others, producing unwanted thoughts and feelings that drive us to depression, consumption, anxiety, and all-around joyous discontent.

Comparing oneself to others isn’t anything new, but it’s a helluva a lot easier to do now (thanks to social media) than ever before.

You know the drill:

Rolling along, having a pretty good day, when – BAM! – your old college pal’s recent home upgrade or trip to Jamaica or baby announcement shows up in your Facebook feed.

Darn it. 

You know you should be happy for them – and maybe you are – but you also feel pretty shitty because your life doesn’t feel as “awesome” as theirs (looks) right now. Continue Reading…

Social Media

4 Reasons You Should Start a Blog

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I love blogging. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. 

Wanna know a secret?

I didn’t always love blogging.

In total truth, I never really considered myself a “writer” and had a nice fat “C” on English Comp to back that up. Blogging? Yeah, I used to think that was just something for bored housewives and armchair historians to fill the endless hours. I had no idea it was freakin’ awesome. 

Fast-forward five years. 

I blog almost daily – from my personal blog to client’s blogs to national media blogs, blogging has become a major component of my daily life, and arguably, a total game changer for my career.

Today, I love blogging, and I think you will too, so here’s my stab at four reasons you should stop everything you’re doing right now and start your very own blog:

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Entrepreneurship/ Social Media

6 Graphic Design Resources for Entrepreneurs

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How do you feel about graphic design?

Does it make you cringe?

Do you consistently put off your “update graphics” to-do list?

Would you rather watch 24 hours of non-stop PBS streaming than tackle a new logo for your brand?

If you said “yes” to any of the above questions, it’s important to recognize that you’re not alone.

Graphic design is an essential part of business, but not all business people are graphic designers (and that’s okay!).

Good news: there are a TON of easy to use resources available for even the most non-artsy of us entrepreneurs. No more sad face – the graphic design fairy is here (in the form of super cool apps and software).

Here are six of my go-to graphic design resources that take the headache out of designing and leave my brand with swanky art:

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Social Media

Don’t Let Negative Comments Get You Down

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It’s’ Sunday AM – a sleep-in day for most professionals my age.

Not this week. 

It’s been yet another work weekend.

My company’s been busy adding new team members, new clients, and rolling out a few super cool new tech services. 

I’m jacked up on the 4th pot of coffee, desperately in need of more than four hours of sleep and a long Netflix binge, and silently pondering just how much makeup it’ll take to cover the ever growing dark circles under my eyes before tomorrow’s early morning board meeting.

So ready for a break. 

While waiting for the latest client video promo to finish uploading, I decided to skim through last week’s batch of Hannah Becker-authored articles and see what’s trending.

Wrong move. 

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