Jessie Spielvogel

Work smarter, not harder: advice?

Wouldn’t life be grand if we could help everyone all the time? I wish it were that simple! Sometimes, I get asked a question that I would love to be able to solve, and I don’t know the best answer to give. It’s either something I haven’t experienced myself, something I had never thought about before, or something I just don’t feel like I have the ability to analyze all angles fairly.

So today, dear Split Aces reader, I’m asking YOU to help me give advice to this ambitious woman on a mission to create a life of freedom in business doing what she loves online. After reading the article, “When What You’re Doing Isn’t Working,” I received an email from a woman asking for advice. I asked her if it would be okay for me to anonymously publish her email on the blog to see if others could help her out, and she welcomed the idea.

Help a girl out, and please share your thoughts!

She would definitely appreciate anything you’ve got to offer, and to be honest, so would I. I would love to know what others think about this, as I’m sure that there are so many people out there struggling with the mentality that there are too few hours in the day and too little money in the bank. Read more

When what you’re doing isn’t working

A lot of times when you start diving into a new project, business venture, strategy, or idea, you’ll quickly realize that what you’re doing simply is not working. You’re not seeing the results you expected, and you’re disappointed.

You’re not growing your subscriber list, even though you’re doing everything right according to every blogger giving you advice out there.

You’re not seeing an increase in sales, no matter how many promotions and sales tactics you put into place.

You’re not seeing a surge in traffic to your beautiful website even though you’ve been guest blogging on some of the best sites with your exact target audience.

So what are you doing wrong? Why aren’t you seeing results, and what the heck does it take for you to get it right? Read more

Start a business you love – interview with JC Deen from JCD Fitness [Video]

Starting a business can be tricky! Where do you even begin? What if no one wants what you’re selling? What if you can’t make rent next month? What if…what if…what if?

All of these are some serious doubts that many people come across, and if you don’t realize that every single successful entrepreneur has had these doubts at some point or another, and that they’re completely normal, it could end up being the death of your idea.

The truth of the matter is, there is never a good time to toss your life into the air, quit your stable desk job, and work toward creating something amazing of your own. It’s never a “safe” decision – but that’s what makes it great. It’s a lot of stress, worry, anxiety, and freakin’ excitement. Read more

Don’t be the Texan who knows nothing about football

I have a confession.

What I am about to tell you will put my entire upbringing, as a Texan, to shame. Seriously – by publicly announcing what I’m about to tell you, I may be forced to leave this great state.

I… (gulp)… know nothing about football.

I know.

What kind of Texan knows nothing about football? Think about Varsity Blues, Friday Night Lights and every other football show/movie that takes place here. Texans know and love their football, and I never hopped on that bandwagon until recently. Read more

Touch your nose and make a decision

I used to be a believer in the idea that if you didn’t know what to do, then you should do nothing. This mentality stemmed from the fact that you shouldn’t make brash decisions when you don’t have the right answer. And in some ways, this still holds true – making hasty decisions doesn’t generally serve anyone well. However, doing nothing doesn’t really help you either.

If you’re faced with a tough decision, if you’re overwhelmed with an assignment, if you’re going through relationship woes, or whatever your troubles may be, you will have to make decisions…and they won’t be easy ones to make.

I’m now a firm believer in the fact that taking your mind off the subject at hand will in turn help you resolve the issue more quickly than spending hours and hours dwelling over the problem until you come up with some solution. Read more

How to earn extra income while working your real job

Hola from Mexico City!

This morning I was talking with my mother about some of the small struggles I am experiencing with my business right now – she’s an entrepreneur running a successful law practice in The Woodlands, so I generally trust anything and everything she’s ever got to say when it comes to business-related topics. She asked me if I would ever be interested in going back to a corporate job while running my business on the side, and I said, without hesitation, “absolutely not.”

I told her that I knew it would certainly be easier for me to do so sometimes, but if I did, then I wouldn’t be able to sit with her in a Mexico City café on a Friday morning while eating breakfast at 9:15 AM.

And that’s really what this is all about – doing what I love while enjoying the freedoms that come with it. Entrepreneurship is hard work – I knew this when I started. But I’ve come to realize quickly that the good times are definitely worth the hard times!

This Split Aces Media adventure all started by freelancing.

There are a couple of ways that you can bring in extra income while you’re working a full-time job, and all of these will help you take the leap toward reaching a financial goal. Read more

The importance of community in business, and how to find yours

It’s human nature to feel the desire to belong to something bigger – something that makes us feel important, useful, and purposeful. As we grow up, that desire never disappears, but it changes and moves in between phases.

When we are kids, we dream to be picked first in gym class. For some reason, we all dread the thought of being picked last in an intense game of Dodgeball (how humiliating, right)?

When we’re teenagers, we desperately hope to be invited to the cool kids’ house parties when their parents go out of town (yes, I’m looking at you – don’t act innocent).

When we’re in college, we hope to be accepted as part of Greek life or any type of academic, charitable, or young professional organizations.

When we begin our careers, all bright-eyed and filled with ambition, we hope to become part of professional communities that will help carry us to the top of the ladders and help shape us into the professionals we always knew we would become.

We are always longing to belong to something, which we know and endlessly hope will lead us toward bettering ourselves and being accepted by our peers, mentors, friends, and family.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur on your way to becoming the next feature story in Forbes Magazine, or if you’re an intern starting from the bottom of the totem pole at a big fancy-pants corporate empire, the importance of community in business is still everywhere. Rich people, poor people, young people, old people, introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between…we all desire to be part of a community. Read more

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