The Made Thing

Back from Hiatus!

By November 11, 2014 Blogging, Travel
Illinois Moument at Vicksburg

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged here. Probably too long! But I’m back just in time for the holiday season. I took some much needed time off to get my business affairs in order, take a vacation, and breathe a little bit.

Things are shaking out with Bear & Beagle Creative quite nicely. I’ve hired my first employee. I’m releasing new services and products in the next few days for 2015. I’ve got big plans for a blogging course in the new year. I’m so excited that business is doing well. In fact, last month was my best ever in terms of revenue and profits!

Having an employee is certainly helping me from drowning in work like I was right before I brought her on. (And yes, I decided to bring someone on as an employee, not a contractor. I believe in doing right by my workers, not just my business’ bottom line.)

Life has been living and breathing Bear & Beagle for a little while now and I’m really excited to get back into life other than just sleep, eating, and dreaming about work!

It can seriously feel like you’re entombed inside of a growing business when you’re building one. It’s nice to be able to see the sky right now.

Tell me, what have you been up to lately?

Giveaway: Guide to the Trails of Petit Jean

By September 24, 2014 Arkansas, Books
Guide-to-trails-of-Petit-Jean-State-Park

Petit Jean State Park is one of the best parks for trail hiking in Central Arkansas, if not the best. It’s a huge system of almost 20 miles of trails—and that might mean you miss some of the best parts of the trails. But don’t worry, Dr. Matt Moran is here to help! He’s published a Guide to the Trails of Petit Jean to help you make the most of all Petit Jean offers.

And one lucky reader will win a copy of the Guide! 

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Ways to Support a Loved One’s Business Launch

By September 9, 2014 Arkansas, Life
How to Support your Loved One during a Business Launch - Tips from a entrepreneurial couple

Today, I’m more than six months into my business venture. I registered my business on March 25, 2014 and launched my website two months later on May 26, 2014 over Memorial Day weekend. It’s been an adventure but at this point in our lives, I’m proud to say I’m making enough money to support us. Why is that so important?

My boyfriend, Joseph, decided to launch his own law firm that helps entrepreneurs starting a business in Conway, Arkansas where we live. I couldn’t be prouder that he made this decision and wants to help other entrepreneurs make their dreams become realities.

(He hates if I blog about him but this is a special occasion. Also his face is now in my sidebar. So there’s that.)

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A Day in an Online Business Owner’s Life

By August 27, 2014 Life
A Day in the Life of an Online Business Owner

Every once in a while someone asks me how I manage my time. Frankly, I don’t think I’m in a position to laud my system—I’m such a perfectionist that I always think “Um, I mess up my time management constantly! Why do you want to know what I stink at?” This is especially true when it comes to doing the task I think I should for marketing my own blogs. But I guess that I look like I’m pretty well put together most of the time. At least that’s what I hope!

I run a successful online business with a large number of clients, a personal blog, and still find the time to participate in lots of volunteer and hobby groups.

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