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Considering Divorce? Things to Know Before You Go

~by Sarah J. Hink~

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The New Year is upon us, and many people, myself included, start reflecting on all the wonderful and maybe not-so-wonderful things that happened in the past year, and begin to make resolutions to make next year happier and healthier. Sometimes resolutions include focusing on our individual wellbeing and the events or people that caused the turbulent times during the past year. Unless there was a traumatic triggering event, such as discovering infidelity or domestic abuse, people often mull over the decision to separate from their spouse for quite some time. Maybe you spent the last year in counseling and nothing has changed, or perhaps you’ve been unhappy and quietly thinking it over for years and this is the year that things are going to change. Or you could be separating to avoid one of those painful and traumatic events. 

Separating from a spouse is a life-changing decision that should be given much thought and, once decided, much preparation.

Here are some steps to consider taking whether you are preparing for potential litigation or to ensure a seamless and amicable divorce.

considering divorceInformation Gathering

  • In many marriages one spouse manages the family’s finances and expenses. This may leave the other spouse out of the loop when it comes to bank accounts, retirement accounts and other financial assets. Before starting the separation process, educate yourself on your marital estate
  • If you think your spouse is having an affair, consider hiring a private investigator to gather evidence that the affair was in fact carrying on prior to separation. This will give you ample leverage in future negotiations.
  • Make a plan for post-separation. Do you want to stay in the house or will you be moving elsewhere? What are your current expenses and what do you expect to change after separation? How much money will you need to support yourself and your children after separation?
  • Make a list of household items that you own together and what items you would like to keep.
  • Gather all important documents, such as your passport, will, deeds, and birth certificates.

Begin the Preparation Process

  • Meet with a family law attorney to go over your rights and understand the process of separating.
  • Open a separate bank account and prepare to have your paycheck directly deposited into this account when you separate.
  • Make a script for how you will approach your spouse with your decision and consider their reaction to this decision. If there is violence in the marriage, tell someone close to you of your plan and break the news in a safe and public location.
  • If you are the spouse engaging in an affair, consider putting that on hold through the separation process. While you may not think your spouse knows of your affair, once you tell him/her your desire to separate, they may start to question your reasons and investigate potential affairs. Trace your steps and get rid of any potential damaging evidence of the affair.

Breaking the News

  • Do not have the talk until you have a plan of how to leave, or a plan of asking your spouse to leave. Who leaves the home is often very contentious, especially when there are children involved. This is a very important conversation to have with your attorney before breaking the news.
  • Be mature and be empathetic. You’ve thought this through, however, even if your spouse is unhappy as well, the realization that divorce may actually be happening will be hard. The separation and divorce process is long and emotional. The first few steps following this conversation may set the tone for how the rest of the separation plays out.
  • Seek out individual counseling to help guide you through the emotional stress of the divorce process. The legal side of the separation is best dealt with as a business transaction and should be looked at logically, not emotionally. If there are children involved, separate their well-being from your own emotions. Remember, while your spouse may not have been a good husband or a good wife, they most likely are still a good parent.

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These steps are not foolproof, and everyone’s marriage and separation are different. Even if you have not completely decided on separating from your spouse, I encourage you to speak with a family law attorney to learn more about what separation and divorce would look like for you. For more information on what to do before you separate, you can download this FREE brochure. Being educated about your legal rights and options could be the first step toward kicking off 2017 and embracing your best life now!

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Happy New Year!


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Sarah J. HinkMeet the Author: Sarah J. Hink

Sarah has practiced family law exclusively since being licensed to practice by the North Carolina State Bar. She enjoys working with people in a time of crisis, and her ability to stay calm, poised and pragmatic lends itself well in the family law environment. Sarah works with her clients throughout their case and is able to fight for their legal rights and the best interest of their family to ensure that they find the stability and security needed to move forward from crisis toward a positive and new direction.


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Top 20 Business Blogs for New and Seasoned Entrepreneurs

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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Starting a small business is like trying to wrap your hand around a greasy watermelon. Growing said business is like pushing a growing boulder uphill while maintaining the multiple responsibilities of a business is a juggling act unlike any other. Wherever you are in the adventure of being an entrepreneur, wisdom and guidance from other professionals is an invaluable resource you should be utilizing.

Here are some of the best business blogs I’ve found.
(In no particular order)

20.  Harvard Business Review

Harvard’s known for being the crème de la crème of colleges, and this blog is in the same vein. Tap into this for useful tidbits on leadership, strategy and innovation from some of the world’s top business and management experts.

19. Small Business Trends

You’d be hard pressed to find a blog more expansive and extensive. Founded in 2003 – way back in the internet’s dial up days – it now has over 6 million readers every year. There isn’t a topic about small business they haven’t tackled from multiple angles, so their archives are a gold mine of great info. 

18. The Franchise King

Being profitable within a franchise is a different animal than starting your own operation from scratch. Whether you’re trying to decide if being a franchise owner is for you, how to evaluate a franchise’s potential or keys to running a successful branch within a franchise – this blog is an excellent guidebook for you. 

17. Startup Savant

A blog that dishes out a lot of helpful advice and tools for a new business owner. The resources usually must be purchased, but that produces two benefits: no annoying ads on this blog, and a percentage of the proceeds go towards a charity for children’s education. 

16. The Entrepreneur’s Library

While enormously useful ways to get information, blogs are essentially potato chips of knowledge. Books are meals. You’ve only got so much time to read, so the trick is reading the right books for you. Let this blog help you with that. Its purpose is to help entrepreneurs find the best business books to further their knowledge, skills and success.   

15. Blogtrepreneur

business blogsIf you are an entrepreneur for whom blogging is a necessity this is a concise path to learn about both. Dedicated to providing relevant advice for both fields, it is a top blog for entrepreneurs and a good hand holding tool for aspiring bloggers.

14. Business Insider

A powerhouse finance blog, Business Insider has its articles organized into five daily charts: tech, money & markets, briefing, ideas, and executive life. They do a great job of picking stories for these sections, so you’re bound to find useful insights and information between them. 

13. TechCrunch

TechCrunch focuses on new internet products and technology news and development. If your business is very online or technology oriented then you shouldn’t pass this one up.  Even if not, with laptops, cell phones and software constantly evolving, every entrepreneur will eventually need to know what’s what about some kind of hardware or program. These guys are the gurus. 

12. Smart Passive Income

The title pretty much says it all. If you’re more interested in running a side business rather than busting 60 plus hours a week, then consider this our go-to. This site constantly provides experiences, news and tips on passive income makers such as royalties, rental income, profiting from an online business and so on.   

11.  The Entrepreneurs Source

This blog is from the Entrepreneurs Source, a franchise and business coaching company backed by 30 years of experience. Naturally, their blog is a support tool largely dedicated to newer business owners or those considering a franchise or startup. If you are still trying to figure out if you want to be an entrepreneur, or how being one would work for you this is a good place to start. As a bonus, you can schedule a free meeting with a local business coach.

10.  Freakanomics

Funny, fascinating and eccentric by comparison, this blog actually inspired its own film back in 2010. “When to Rob a Bank” and “How to Make a Bad Decision” are some of the things you’ll learn here. Despite sounding flippant on the surface, Freakonomics is a deep blog which supplies information highly applicable to entrepreneurship. For instance, the latter article mentioned is a deep analysis on proper decision making using easy to understand examples like baseball and loan applications. If you like to be entertained while learning useful information, give this blog a look. 

9.  Copy Blogger

Read here to become a marketing master. Copy blogger is considered the Bible of content marketing in some circles. Since being founded 10 years ago, the business has blossomed into an annual revenue of 8 figures. Pretty good indication these guys know their stuff!

8. Planet Money

If you like podcasts, consider this planet… er, blog, as it’s great for explaining economic matters in layman’s terms. You won’t find direct tips on how to run your business here, but this blog can help you educate yourself on economic factors that affect your business. If nothing else, Planet Money serves as a decent news outlet, covering complex issues without too much of a liberal or a conservative lean. 

7.  Young Entrepreneur Blog

Getting started is the hard part, and that’s what this blog is dedicated to helping people with. Here you’ll find information on those things all entrepreneurs learn through trial and error: sales techniques, smart financing, identifying opportunities, and setting goals, to name a few. 

6. Young Upstarts

If you were disappointed that Young Entrepreneurs wasn’t directed towards the younger generation, this is the blog you were wanting instead. Being an entrepreneur below thirty is no small challenge, therefore the information here focuses on leadership, development and startup tactics.

5.  Wordstream

If you use Google AdWords, this is a necessary stop. With articles like “5 Questions AdWords Advertisers Should Ask Themselves Every Quarter”, this is an excellent hub of information about PPC and SEO digital marketing strategies and content promotion wisdom.   

4.  Linked Into Business

LinkedIn is one of the most prolific social media outlets available, and no one knows how to use it better than Viveka von Rosen. This is her blog in which she guides entrepreneurs on how to use LinkedIn to their advantage and includes guests post on social media matters and social analytics. If nothing else check out the link marked “tips” which provides a grocery list of how to make LinkedIn work for you.

3.  Seth’s Blog

A hugely successful blog, and for good reason. Seth Godin has authored no less than 18 books on business and marketing. If you want further proof of his credentials, just do a Google search for “Seth” and see how many of the top hits lead to him. 

2.  Women on Business

Like Wall Street, the world of business can get a bit testosterone heavy. This blog is written for women, by women. You can find a little bit of everything business related here – Women on Business eschews focusing on any specific area in favor of covering a wide breadth of topics from the female perspective.    

1.  Duct Tape Marketing

Written by John Jantsh, an accomplished marketing consultant and award winning social media expert. His company trains and licenses marketing consultants for small business throughout the world, so gleaning a few tips from his blog is basically getting one of the world’s best consultant’s service for free. 


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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

Whether you want to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

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What You Need to Know Before You Start Blogging

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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Are you thinking that maybe you should start blogging for your business? Starting a blog can be fun, scary and somewhat intimidating if you’re not the most technical person. But rest assured, you CAN learn how to do this. If I can figure it out, so can you.

Since I often get questions about starting a blog in my Women’s Entrepreneur Network Facebook Group, I thought I’d post some tips here so that it can be a resource to more people.

Here are my 8 tips to help you start blogging:

start blogging1. Decide if it’s something you want to commit to doing consistently (once a day, once a week, once a month, twice a month…)

2. Set up a blog on your site. This is super simple if you are using WordPress.

3. Write your blog post, and then promote, promote, promote your blog post. The more you promote your blog posts, the more traffic you’ll get.

4. Promote your blog posts some more by sharing or pinning on your social media sites such as Pinterest or Twitter.

5. Make sure each blog post has a featured image, preferably one that is pinnable and displays nicely on social media. You can use a tool like Canva to create your images.

6. Only use images that you have a right to use or you’ll get nailed by certain companies, and possibly sued for thousands of dollars.

7. Use IFTTT (IF This, Then That) to help you promote. Also use a scheduler (Co-Promote, Buffer, Meet Edgar, etc..) Just pick one. Believe me, using a scheduler is a huge time-saver.

8. Look for guest blogging opportunities to get back-links to your website. Also find out if those sites will post on your website in return.

As far as what to blog… write about things you know and can get references for. The more the better. Linking to other blogs and articles is considered very good form.


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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

Whether you want to get a new business off the ground or expand an existing business, Haley can assist you.

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