ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES – Day 7

~Day 7 of the ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES!!  PLEASE make sure you READ, COMMENT, TAKE NOTES, and SHOW SOME LOVE to the fabulous folks doing awesome things! ~ 
Be Inspired!!!~
Petula Wright, Stockbridge, Georgia – “Express Editing & Writing Services”
TWITTER: @Petula1968
LINKEDIN: Petula Wright
FACEBOOK: Petula.Wright
GOOGLE+PetulaWright
Tell the readers a little bit about yourself.
I’m a writer, editor and journalist with about 18 years experience as well as the blogger behind “It’s a woman’s world,” which I’ve been writing for about five years. I’ve written for CampusTalkBlog.com as the first-time college mom for Parents’ Perspective as well as contributing to other sites. When I’m not writing (or reading, which I love!), I’m being mommy to 5-year-old Anna, 7-year-old Amareah and Andre, who’s 8 as well as mom to almost 21-year-old Amber. And, in a few months, I’ll be a grandmother to a baby girl.
Explain what type of business you operate?
My “official” business is Express Editing & Writing Services. I began my career as a newspaper journalist then began working as an editor and writer for magazines. That transitioned into freelance magazine article writing and I began freelancing while still working at a publication full time. Eventually, I became a full-time contractor and freelancer who wrote magazine articles, consulted with editorial teams and edit magazine articles, edit manuscripts, served as a ghostwriter for professionals and authors as well as a myriad of other editorial duties.
Everything I do falls under that business, but I consider my blog as my main venture now since most things are done as the blogger from “It’s a woman’s world!” J

How long have you been in business?
I’ve been in the industry 18 years, but the business was established 16 years ago.
How did you get the name for your business?
The only thing I remember about coming up with a name was trying to express exactly what I do. I guess it didn’t work to well because people still ask me if I write resumes, which actually don’t have to be done by a writer.
With my blog, I had one that was really narrow in focus and I wanted one that expressed who I am and what I like to talk about as well as include the laziness of covering topics I love without being so newsy and journalistic. You know, more creative.
What motivated you to start this type of business?
At the time, I didn’t make much money at the magazine I was working for and it was a very high-stress environment. I knew I could still do what I love without having the stress of that particular work environment. I love the written word and doing this as a business seems natural.
What are your top 5 must have business tools/aids?
As long as I have my laptop with Internet connection and my cell phone then all is right with the world. Seriously, some other things I find invaluable are the 4-in-1 printer (printer, scanner, copier, fax) and scale for postage.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
This is a great question and something I’ve considered a lot. Although I continue to offer editorial services and maintain my blog, I really want to evolve into an author. Blogger and author. I envision continuing editorial consultations, but my blog will go from mommy blog to author’s blog (or maybe the mommy author blog!). There are several book projects in the works and balancing life and work to complete them is a top goal.
What inspires you?
Things I love and enjoy inspire me. My children… nature: sun, clouds, stars, breeze…
Emotions often inspire my creative works…
Who is your business icon or who’s business ethic do you admire?
Business ethic? That’s a tough one. I actually don’t know anyone personally whose business ethic I admire, but I truly respect the empires, so to speak, that different celebrities have built. For instance, Oprah Winfrey (I remember watching her as a newscaster in the 80s), Mary Kate & Ashley (we all know how they started), Will and Jada, Raven Symone, … Those people who have worked in the entertainment industry, but have built businesses that are much bigger than what they started out as. (Regina: YES, I LOVE Raven Symone’s work ethic! Great business mind to be so young!)
If you were standing in front of a room full of hopeful, promising, entrepreneurs what would you say to them?
Think about this: What do you have a passion for? Something that moves you and that you’re skilled at… Something that you would do for free. If you don’t have that feeling about your current entrepreneurial idea then, if I were you, I would reconsider. We all have gifts that we’re meant to share with the world – the people around us – when we operate within those gifts and concentrate on our purpose everything we want will ultimately (and eventually!) result in success.
Is there anything you would like to add?
Keep in mind that even if you’re doing something you love it’s going to take hard work. Envision yourself rock climbing – using belays and everything – that’s how much strength you’ll need to make your thing a success.

ABSOLUTELY!!!!!
Thanks, Petula!


Smooches,
Regina

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https://reginathinks.wordpress.com/
http://reginasoldschoolfridayspot.blogspot.com/

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ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES – Day 4

~Day 4 of the ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES!!  PLEASE make sure you READ, COMMENT, TAKE NOTES, and SHOW SOME LOVE to the fabulous folks doing awesome things! ~ 
Be Inspired!!!~

Selena Cochran, Rochester, NY. 
Selena’s Write”

TWITTER:@AWonder
LINKEDIN: Selena Cochran
FACEBOOK: Selena Cochran and Selena’s Write
GOOGLE+: Selena Cochran


Tell the readers a little bit about yourself and Explain what type of business you operate?
A: I like to say I’m a communications’ jack-of-all-trades with extensive experience in numerous facets of  communication, administration, and creative expression.

I’m copy writer, editor, avid blogger, spoken word artist, and author whose core competencies include ghost writing, editorial consulting, copy editing, public speaking and small group presentations.
In a nutshell, I help people find their voice and pen their passion.

How long have you been in business?
A: I’ve been doing this part time for the past 7 years but just made it official in April 2012.

How did you get the name for your business?
A: I bought the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog and one of things it touched on was discovering your brand. Since I am my brand, a little play in words with Selena’s Write and Write Communications was born.

What motivated you to start this type of business?
A: No matter what line of business I’ve worked in, I’ve always come across people with the same problem: the inability to pen their thoughts in a way that others can understand or comprehend. After doing it as a hobby, as part of volunteer work and as a job, I decided to make the full jump since there is such a need.

What are your top 5 must have business tools/aids?
A: 1) my iPhone; I can’t live without it. 2) Great business books on blogging and business practices. Think Darren Rowse and Harvey Mackay. 3) Nook, laptop and/it computer 4) White board and 5) Writing Manuals like CMOS and AP Stylebook.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?
A. In five years, I see expansion with a keen focus on business consulting on an international level. I see growth to include graphic design consults and branding/logos. I see e-books written by myself and a how-to on how to get started with writing.

What inspires you?
A: Love inspires me. The love of a man I’ve never seen who died a death I’ll never comprehend just so I could know the depth of my importance in this world. It drives me to take on the Goliaths in life and render them useless–powerless. Love gives me the wings to soar and the heart to never surrender.

Who is your business icon or who’s business ethic do you admire?
A: I don’t have an icon per se but I most admire some pretty awesome Mommy bloggers who are changing the face of entrepreneur-ship. They are blazing trails and showing that a hobby, can become a passion which can become the start of something phenomenal.

If you were standing in front of a room full of hopeful, promising, entrepreneurs what would you say to them?
A: Never, ever stop dreaming, thinking, growing or learning. Never allow others to put you in a box, chain you to path or otherwise kill the dream that burns in your veins. Be you and enjoy who you are but leave room to become more than you ever thought possible!


Website: http://Selenaswrite.wordpress.com

Love it!!! You Inspired yet? I AM!!! 
(**She is going INTERNATIONAL Y’all!!! You heard it here first!!!**)


Smooches,
Regina

Please visit my other spots:
https://reginathinks.wordpress.com/
http://reginasoldschoolfridayspot.blogspot.com/

Words Of Wisdom About… Creative Writing!

I started a weekly post titled “Words Of Wisdom About…”. Each Tuesday I publish a post written by a guest blogger who will talk about a topic of my choosing. Today’s post is my sixth installment of these guest posts. Please enjoy as Ms Marvalus, a friend of mine and a sister by faith discusses what inspires her to write…

Writing Is My Passion!!!
I am a lover of words; I love watching them come together to form a story, or poem. I think that is probably why I love music so much; it not only is the beats that can affect my heart and soul, but it is always the words that tie me to an artist. I love a poet, someone who is able to display their emotions through the power of thought-provoking and meaningful lyrics.
I have always been a writer. It has taken me a long time to stand in that spot and claim it, but looking back, I now know that this is what has always been in my heart to do. I remember the stories that I used to create during my after school conversations with my best girlfriend. I had us in Paris and London, travelling with Duran Duran and New Edition (as their girlfriends and wives, not groupies), and the adventures we would go on. It was like tuning into a daily soap opera. Looking back on those times now brings a smile to my face, but also makes me realize the beginning of this journey that I’ve been on.
Since then, I have written many, many short stories, poems, and have even begun to write a novel that will one day be published (gotta keep positive!). It is fulfilling a need within me that I write; I can no longer contain it. I keep a notebook by my bed, because there are times when I wake in the middle of the night to the characters inside me speaking, wanting to be let out. Where does this come from? I believe that is the opening of the doors and once you allow your mind and spirit to flow freely, it welcomes the chance to create. It is about having an open mind, I think…being able to look at the world from all sides, not just one-dimensionally.
But it isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Writing is work, believe it or not. It requires unmitigated focus and commitment. It also requires organization and attention to detail. Thankfully, I have spent most of my life in Corporate America in a field that allowed me to enhance these skills. Using what I have learned has only enhanced what I consider a God given gift. I’ve read articles that say anyone can write a book; of course they can. But it goes beyond that…putting words on paper is all fine and good, but how about doing what your heart wants you to do?
True writers write because it is their passion. They write because they have to, not to get rich or famous. There are many writers who are never published, but some of their works are brilliant. Passion is what drives me; writing gives me a voice to share with the world. I am not looking for acclaim, or fame, or wealth. I write to satisfy a calling. And I would have it no other way.

Bio:
I am a trainer and instructional designer by trade, and writer by nature. I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri and am the mother of a 12-year-old son who is the light of my world. I have been a blogger since 2006, and am the owner of two blogs, The Marvalus View and Live Marvalously!

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Blessings,
Regina

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