Author: Erika Madden

7 Pithy Quotes From The Middle Ages That Will Help You Run A Soaring Business Today

  |   Business Tips, Classy Marketing, Customer Service, Reputation   |   11 Comments

These 7 quotes out of the Middle Ages will boost your business savvy, woo your customers, + make you a happier business owner.

You're probably wondering how I came up with such a loopy topic.

Middle Ages? Business quotes? Wha?

All I can say is that I have a slight obsession with both subjects and decided the only fitting thing to do was to mash the two together and see what kind of mess I could create.

Forgive me.
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Olyvia Works: An Interview with Christina Channell of PreCussion for Kids

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Olyvia Works: Christina Channell of PreCussion for Kids, Inc. shares how she's built a thriving business while raising and homeschooling her 3 young children. | Olyvia.co

As a woman here in the United States I keep bumping up against this awful, ugly myth that says we can't be a "good" mother and wife while doing something of our own.

Whether we want to do something as big as a holding a demanding job outside the home or as small as nudging along a blog in the evenings, there are people out there who love to tell us we just can't have it all.

Well, I'm here to tell you something, ladies: that's ridiculous.

Today's Olyvia Works interview is with a woman who can prove it.

Christina Channell is the owner of PreCussion for Kids, Inc. A percussion instructor for children, Christina is also a happily married mother of three (utterly adorable) children -- that she homeschools no less.

(Basically, she's a rockstar. But a totally relatable one, which is why I loveLOVE that's here.)

She inspires me to no end, and I know you're going to find her smart, no-nonsense approach to life a kick in the buns for whatever it is you want to do (but have been told that, as a woman with a hubby and/or kids, you can't.)

Here she is!
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How To Monitor Your Online Reputation With Google Alerts

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How to monitor your online reputation with Google Alerts. A step-by-step guide to setting up alerts so you can protect your business, blog, or personal brand. | Olyvia.co

Tell me truthfully: do you ever think about monitoring your online reputation?

I know a lot of you probably hear me say that and think that sort of thing is for Fortune 500 companies, Angelina Jolie, and Presidential hopefuls.

And yes, you would be right.

But I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't tell you that you're also dead wrong.

That's because monitoring your reputation on the interwebs is not just for the already powerful, rich, and famous.

Please believe me when I tell you that if A) you exist in this world and B) hope to have any sort of successful public presence that brings in an income or other opportunities (I'm talking to you entrepreneurs, business owners, freelancers, bloggers, actors, artists, authors, models, executives, and those who have a career of any kind), you need to know what's being said about you on the internet.

What I'm going to share with you today is an easy, free way to start doing that using Google's alerts capability.

It's not a full-fledged, comprehensive option for catching everything that's said online, but it will get you started. I think you'll find it helpful, and (good news!) it's not going to require any real maintenance from you once you set it up.

(Though I would go back and tweak them every so often as you or your brand develops.)

Here's my step-by-step beginner's guide to monitoring your online reputation with Google Alerts:
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