In Memory of Gloria Cross – 4/10/63 to 9/14/92

In Memory of Gloria-Cross

Today, April 10th would have the 55th Birthday of my sister, Gloria Cross, Jr.

 

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If you have been following my blog for sometime then you’ll remember this poem in dedication to her.

 

NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DON’T THINK OF YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL SMILE….
NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DON’T MISS YOUR VOICE OR THAT TWINKLE IN YOUR EYE…
NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE ON JUST ON VACATION…
NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I KNOW ONE DAY WE WILL BE REUNITED…
WITH NO EARTHLY TIES TO BIND US…YET I FEEL YOUR PRESENCE NEAR…
NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DON’T THINK OF YOU AS I FIGHT BACK THE TEARS…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN LIL SIS….
IN MEMORY OF GLORIA CROSS, JR
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4/10/63 ~ 9/14/92
pencil sketch of Gloria Cross

3 E’s – When Working From Home

 

Okay, so it has officially been 1 week since I started working from home as the owner of ABlake Enterprises, Social Media Management and Consulting.  

Needless to say, there have been several lessons that I’ve learned in such a short period of time and today I am going to start with the 3 E’s – When Working From Home or in other words “Working From Home Tips from Toni, owner of ABlake Enterprises”.

 

 

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However, before I get started, let me tell you that this is not the first time that I actually worked from home. Back in 2004, when I was a Procurement Specialist for IBM I worked from home for about a year, and trust me, after that year ended I realized just how hard I had worked.  

 

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Successfully starting your own business entails hard work and long hours which I am willing to do because it’s a direct reward to me and my family and not for someone else, however, I will not make the same mistakes twice.

 

3 E’s – When Working From Home

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Rising at 6:30 am was something that I never did when I worked outside the home so this means that I have also changed my morning routine. After dressing and putting on makeup, yes, no bare face for me, at least not yet, instead of grabbing a mug of coffee and a breakfast bar running to the car for a 50-mile commute, I can now enjoy a sit-down meal. 

 

After dressing, reading scriptures and praying, I jump start my digestive system with a small glass of lemon water, take my vitamins and then brew a cup of coffee.

 

A few hours later, hubby and I prepare and enjoy a meal together, he has been retired for a few years so he rises when he wants, none of that waking up at 6:30 jazz, especially after getting up every morning at 5:00 am to pray.

 

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I do have to remind myself to stop mid day for a snack or shake and then shut down at 5:00 p.m. and “leave the office” before dinner, which is now eaten before 8:00 PM!

 

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Unlike being in an office where you can stop at someone’s cubicle to chat, working alone in a home office can be very isolating so it’s important to get up and walk away.  If you remember my Podcast with Dr. Dave, then you know that sitting can be the new smoking and the last thing I need is a bigger blogger’s butt!

 

I try to get up and walk outside or around the house a few times during the day, stopping sometimes to watch an episode of a “judge show” which I found to be one of hubby’s guilty pleasures.

 

 

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Entertain

 

No, I am not talking about taking in a mid-day movie or sitting on the sofa all afternoon watching television. I have found listening to smooth jazz helps me to concentrate as I work on client’s content and Alexa has my playlist down pat.  

 

I also take time to listen to informative Podcasts and videos, however, I never start my day without first listening to Les Brown or Tony Robbins on YouTube which is something that I did during my morning commute before I started working from home.

 

There are many other perks for working from home and I will continue to blog about them as time goes on, however, if you want to read more about how other entrepreneurs have started a successful business, check out Krystal Perkins as she has assisted many with successfully starting a business.

 

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Krystal Perkins is a marketing and Information Technology professional who is based in Sydney, Australia. She has over 15 years experience in digital marketing, strategic marketing, digital inclusion, technology, telecommunications, and IT and related services.    Krystal mentors and coaches local marketing teams to grow their brand and deliver strategic B2B Marketing.

With the assistance of Krystal, numerous entrepreneurs have started a successful business in Australia. She advises most of these business owners that they do not require a lot of capital, however, proper insurance is required, and small marketing purchases including a website, business cards and a design for a logo are necessary.   

To learn more about Krystal Perkins, please head over to her website.

Let’s Chat > Do you have any tips as I continue my journey and work from home?

How To Become a Business Consultant

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Wow, I can’t believe that it has been a full week since I starting working from home and really building my business, ABlake Enterprises, Social Media Management and Consulting.  Since I’ve announced this change I have been inundated with well wishes from family and friends as well as requests for meetings and conference calls.  The month of April is booked solid and I am loving it because it is all very beneficial to the growth of my business.

 

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Wednesday, I had a wonderful conference call with Laura Burford, owner of of LAD Enterprizes, whom I had met when I presented Social Media Marketing for BusinessNAWBO event.  She is a consultant who assists other consultants in growing their business and during our conversation she offered some great advice.  There were, however, three questions that really struck a chord with me.

 

  1. Who is your ideal client?
  2. What is your client’s focus?
  3. What results will your clients receive from you?

 

As an Ambassador of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce and member of the Fortune Referral Group, every other week, I am giving an elevator pitch about my business, however, these three questions made me think about that pitch in a different light.

 

Fortunately, I was able to quickly respond to each of Laura’s three questions, however, I realized that I needed to become a bit more focused and precise with my answers.

 

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How about you, have you ever met with a business consultant, or even perhaps thought about becoming one? I wasn’t sure what to expect as I had never met with one but felt Laura would be able to assist me in my journey.

 

Oftentimes, when people hear the word “consultant,” they think of a Harvard graduate with a MBA advising staff in large corporations and that can be intimidating,  However, that is not always the case, as a matter of fact, many people you probably know are consultants and they are doing quite well advising and assisting small business owners like myself.

 

Consulting simply means engaging in the business of giving expert advice to people working in a specific field and there are many who can provide this expert advice without having an MBA from Harvard.  

 

If you want to know more about becoming a consultant, check out Consulting.com to learn more on how you can enroll in their online training program to start your own profitable consulting business today.

 

 

Let’s Chat > Have you ever received advice from a business consultant and if so, what three questions were you asked?

 

Turn a Layoff Into an Opportunity By Turning Your Passion Into a Profession

Early Retirement…Resource Action…Downsized…Laid Off…or Fired, it doesn’t matter the term you use, when you leave a full time job on somebody elses’s terms after many years of hard work and dedication it’s always a time of anxiety and uncertainty. 

However, if you turn that OBSTACLE into your next OPPORTUNITY, make that STUMBLING BLOCK a BUILDING BLOCK and turn that TEST into your next TESTIMONY everything will be okay. 

Last week’s Podcast, Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger, my guest, Shamma Casson and I talked about the next phase after our layoffs from Corporate America.

 

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According to Monster.com there are also several things that you should do before you leave the office for the last time and I will list the first two below, however, I ask that you click this link to hear the entire Podcast and then leave a comment as to any suggestions you have for others facing a layoff or a resource action.

 

5 Steps to Take When Your Are Being Laid Off according to Monster.com

 

Then, follow these five steps to make sure you’re leaving the building with your dignity — and everything you need to land on your feet.

Don’t Leave Without Your Contacts

If you don’t have a backup of your contacts at home, the very first thing to do is to get your contacts, says Ryan. “If you’re in the conference room and being seen out the door, you obviously can’t,” she says. “But if they let you go back to your desk and sit down — and most companies will let you do that today — save your contacts. If there’s someone hovering, just say, ‘Look, I’m just downloading my Outlook contacts.'”

Your contacts are paramount to jump-starting your new job search. “You want to write to each of your contacts and let them know that you’ve been laid off and give them a paragraph about what you’re looking for,” Ryan says. Your network will immediately start looking for work for you — while you’re distracted dealing with other tasks.

 

Don’t Leave Without a Layoff Letter

“Get something in writing about this termination before you leave the premises,” says Ryan, a former human resources executive. Unemployment is not retroactive, so you should go to your local unemployment office within 48 hours, and having such a letter will help.

“If you walk in with something in writing from your former employer saying that you were laid off and you worked there from this date to that date, it will speed up the processing of your check,” she says. And because most unemployment checks aren’t as much as regular wages, it’s important to bring in as much money as possible as quickly as possible. 

 

 

Let’s Chat: Have you ever been laid off?

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