Archive for December 2014

I Choose to Be Grateful

December 24, 2014

SnowScenefile000711750735For most of us the end of the year and the Christmas Holidays are a time for reflecting and reviewing fond memories. In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s winter and the nights are at their longest and often coldest, giving us time to sit in the warm cocoons construct for ourselves. The conditions are just perfect for reflection.

I’m putting aside my usual blog about growing your business to take a moment to express my gratitude. Realize that being grateful is sometimes a difficult choice. I could take a very different view of my life right now, but it would not change the circumstances. My daughter would still have gotten cancer, would still need radical treatment in a city far from home and would still need surgery that turned out to be far more extensive and debilitating than we imagined.

Still, I am grateful for the time I have been able to spend with my daughter, who by the way, turned out to be a woman who is courageous, beautiful, talented and so very smart. She is just short of my miracle and I have now spent time with her that would never have happened if she had not gotten sick.

I am so grateful that we found the best treatment for her so that we could save her leg and her life. The treatment and the cost of staying in a different city has taken a toll on our finances, but I am grateful for family and friends, even strangers, who have been so generous in helping to defray some of the cost.

I am grateful for a husband who has “held down the home front,” all the while supporting and encouraging both me and our daughter. I cannot imagine not being able to turn to him during the most trying days. I may have been in tears, but he had my back. He and my son are amazing.

I will not say that I would have asked for this experience – the rounds of chemotherapy, the radiation, or the surgery and they surely would not have been Apryl’s choice. However, that is the journey that has been put in front of us. The long train rides to and from Manhattan were as draining as the treatments, but I’m grateful we had that options and that we were able to take advantage of them.

With surgery behind her, Apryl has other challenges to meet and conquer on her road to recovery, but I am grateful there is a road to recovery.

When I reflect on it all, I am grateful for so many things. I am grateful for the sacrifice our Lord made for us all. I am grateful that I could make sacrifices for someone I love, too. Most of all I am grateful that I know someone as special as Apryl and that she is my daughter. So you see, my only choice is to express my gratitude.

Be Exceptional,

Audrey, CEO/Founder Exceptional Transcription and Business Solutions


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Start a Business While in College

December 9, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile you’re a college student, you are often looking for a few extra dollars to tide you over or make up a short fall. At the same time, college is an excellent time to try new things, including new business ventures. Many of the most successful businesses today have been started while the founder was in college. If you are stymied for what you could possibly do while you are in college here are a few ideas of businesses that can be quite lucrative and cost very little to start.

A few ideas that you may be able to capitalize on now include:

  • Virtual Assistant,
  • Affiliate Marketing,
  • Provide a service, i.e. dog walking, childcare,
  • Organizer,
  • Resume Writing,
  • App Development,
  • Direct Marketing, i. e. Avon, Mary Kay,
  • Blogger or,
  • Your Own Idea.

With the average student acquiring $26,000.00 in debt by the time they graduate from college, having additional income can provide just the boost you need as you try to enter the labor market. The advantages that college students trying to start their own business have now that were not available to students 15 or 20 years ago include social media for marketing and networking. Entrepreneurial education proliferates. There are 5,000 entrepreneur courses available nationwide.

The biggest plus is that most entrepreneurial ventures have little to no startup costs associated with them.

There are also many benefits to starting your own business before leaving college. In this competitive job market, you are demonstrating initiative and also building skills you can use for your resume or it could actually be the beginning of your gold mine.

Starting your own business may be a viable alternative to the traditional job many students take on, part-time or for the summer. You don’t need much money and in fact some of what you do need include:

  • a good idea,
  • drive,
  • a mentor,
  • vision, and
  •  tenacity.

So, instead of catching a few more snoozes before going to class or in place of hanging out, put a little time into developing a business of your own. It could pay off big time and you could be the next entrepreneur everyone wants to emulate. It has happened before, it can certainly happen again.

Be Exceptional…

Audrey, CEO/Founder Exceptional Transcription and Business Solutions