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Graphs and Charts and Survey Results… Oh My!

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2014 | 27 comments
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I’m FINALLY sharing the results from the blog survey I asked you to take way back in February. I learned so much from that survey and was blown away by all your kind, generous, and encouraging responses. Thank you!

I had a little (OK, a lot) of fun making a few graphs and charts to outline the results… some of which might surprise you!

One Year Ago…

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2014 | 24 comments
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One year ago today, I made the humongously scary decision to totally change my blog and business name from Simple Organized Living to AndreaDekker.com.

Today, I’m sharing a few of my thoughts looking back.

My Top 10 Favorite Working From Home Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2014 | 5 comments
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite working from home posts — all about time management, productivity, blogging, my experiences running a business, and more!

Doing What You Love: An Unexpected Journey to My Dream Job

posted by Andrea | 02/5/2014 | 31 comments
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Since February is the month of love, I thought it might be kind of fun for all of us to sit back and reflect on what we would absolutely LOVE to do if we could do anything in the whole world.

I’m also sharing my story of how I accidentally and somewhat unexpectedly stumbled upon my dream job 7 years ago (without really knowing it)!

3 Concepts That Helped Me Grow My Blog (And Enjoy The Process)

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2013 | 9 comments
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It’s been a little over 3 years since I started my blog — and I can definitely say that I’ve learned a lot, I’ve grown a lot, and I’ve had a lot of fun along the way.

Today I’m sharing 3 things that helped me get into my blogging grove, grow my traffic, AND (most importantly) really enjoy the process.

How to Start a Business… Today!

posted by Andrea | 07/16/2013 | 9 comments
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Over the years, I’ve answered many “how do I start a business?” questions; and although I definitely don’t have all the answers, I’m always surprised by how shocked people are when I explain how simple the beginning stages can be.

In fact, you could literally wake up tomorrow and legally go into business for yourself — it’s THAT easy.

How I Generate a Full-Time Income Online

posted by Andrea | 06/7/2013 | 55 comments
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Have you ever wondered how bloggers earn an income from their blogs?

Today’s post is quite long — not because the topic is so complicated, but rather, because it took me a REALLY long time to figure out how to build my online business. And since I get so many questions on this topic, I decided it was time to share the process with you!

Bubbles of Opportunity

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2013 | 7 comments
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You all know that I’m a huge fan of focus, hard work, drive, and determination… right? Yes, it’s true. Those are all virtues I admire in others and try to exude myself.

However, there have been times when I was too focused on one goal or opportunity that I missed a bunch of other “bubbles of opportunity” passing me by… can you relate?

A Look At My Crazy Work Schedule

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2013 | 35 comments
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I get lots of emails and questions asking “What exactly do you do?”, so I thought it would be fun to share more about what my work schedule looks like on a weekly and monthly basis.

If you ever wonder what I do when I’m not clipping coupons, changing diapers, making dinner, scrubbing toilets, pulling weeds, and folding laundry… keep reading!

Welcome to AndreaDekker.com!

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2013 | 58 comments
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Welcome Friends! I’m pleased as punch to be the very first to welcome you to the NEW AndreaDekker.com!

It was a long weekend, but we made it… and I can’t wait to “show you around!”

My New Blog/Business Name… Revealed!

posted by Andrea | 03/26/2013 | 91 comments
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It’s been two weeks since I first announced big changes here on my blog — including the fact that I’m changing the name of my blog! As much as I love “Simple Organizined Living”, it’s time to move on… and today, I’m sharing the brand new name for my business and my blog.

Yep, I’m just a little excited!

Big Changes!

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2013 | 50 comments
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It’s officially been 6 years since I filed my first LLC and started my business. And this summer, it will be 3 years since I decided to start a blog.

While I most definitely didn’t start my business with the intention of “sitting on my computer all day”, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy with where I’m at right now. However, it’s time for some changes… Big Changes!

Can Working Parents ‘Have It All’?

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2013 | 18 comments
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This topic has been on my mind for well over a year — since just before Nora was born. And now, almost 15 months later, I’ll be the first to admit that I grossly underestimated how difficult it would be to manage home, work, family, and life.

So can working parents ‘have it all’? Click through to read my thoughts!

A Look Back at my 2012 Business Goals

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2013 | 7 comments
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All week long, I’ve been talking about goals (I guess it’s about time since we’re already halfway through January!)

On Tuesday, I shared my new Ultra Simplistic approach to 2013; then yesterday, I shared the recap of my 2012 personal goals. Today, I’m looking back on the 12 business goals I made in 2012 — and I won’t lie, the results aren’t pretty!

Work-At-Home eBook Bundle (5 books for $7.40)

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2013 | comment
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As you probably already know, I’ve been working from home for several years now — and although there are definitely pros AND cons to my working arrangement, I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.

That said, I’m really excited about this week’s eBook Bundle of the Week, because the books are all about successfully balancing work life with family life — which is something I struggle with daily!

My Thoughts on Busyness, Routines, Over-Commitment, and Recharging

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2012 | comment
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This past month, I wrote several guest posts for other blogs — these post topics include my thoughts on “Being Committed vs. Being Over-Committed”, “Unplugging and Recharging”, “Creating a Successful Work-From-Home Routine”, and “Being Busy vs. Being Productive”

How To Become a Virtual Assistant

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2012 | 12 comments
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If you’ve ever thought about working as a Virtual Assistant, you’ll want to check out today’s post. I’m sharing a brand new eBook that’s filled with tips and ideas to starting, managing, and growing a successful VA career (and I’m interviewed in the book!)

There’s also a 25% discount code for anyone who purchases the eBook in the next 3 days!

3 Ideas to Boost Business in the 4th Quarter

posted by Andrea | 09/8/2012 | 2 comments
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In my experience, the “4th quarter” is often the time for a big business boom. Kids are back in school and everyone’s looking for the latest and greatest ideas for holiday gifts.

Today I’m sharing 3 simple strategies that have helped me boost 4th quarter sales… and I’d love to know if you have any other ideas.

5 Lessons From 5 Years in my Own Business

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2012 | 12 comments
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Over my blogging break, I thought a lot about my business — things I love, things I don’t love, things I wish I did differently, and things I wish I would have realized early on.

If you’ve ever had even the tiniest dream of starting your own business, I’d encourage you to read my thoughts… however, I’ll warn you that I’ve included a healthy dose of reality!

How to Set-up and Utilize Your Gmail Signature

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2012 | 9 comments
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As I’ve mentioned before, I use Gmail for all {10} of my email address. I love Gmail!

But since I use different signatures for each of my email address — and I’m not willing to manually type out a different signature for each email I send — I rely on Gmail’s super cool feature that allows me to set up different signature for each of email address…