Spending Money to Make Money

Spending Money to Make Money

It’s Day 261 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and a chunk of it was devoted to spending money to make money. Following a life coaching session with a client at my local coffee shop, where we meet for her convenience, necessitating the purchase of a chai tea latte (with non-fat milk of course), I completed my other tasks deemed “Money Making Activities”, then set about ordering business cards. Though I sent out a Swan Logo Survey for Pink Collar Savvy & Chic this week (Thanks all who participated!), these are for marketing my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. This should have been done back in January once the cover was perfected, however, I tried but had issues with formatting. Today, Heloise, a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic customer service Swan from Vista Print, demonstrated competence coupled with consideration in helping me finally get the job done. Not only that, based on the blurb on the back of the card, she volunteered that she was going to Amazon to order her copy when we hung up! My great experience with her, including her purchase, reinforced the fact that you’ve to spend money to make it!

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Spending Money to Make Money!                                                                                                                 This vector really does look like me with her laptop and ever present cup of Joe!

Because I’m a new entrepreneur with a fledgling startup, being a good steward of my resources is more important than ever. That being the case, I try to save on things like coffee and make it at home daily vs. ordering gourmet drinks from the coffee-house. Besides, with bags of Starbucks and sugar-free syrups available for reasonable prices at TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Target, and my grocery store, Kroger, I can be my own barista! Watching for online deals and discounts on items needed for my business, such as business cards from Vista Print, is another way to get the most bang from my limited bucks. With my 41% discount, I got 250 business cards for a little over $17! Hopefully that small investment will yield great returns on book purchases. I’m pretty confident handing someone a professional looking card with the gorgeous book cover on front, an intrguing blurb from a former Cincinnati Enquirer book reviewer, and the Amazon links to the print and Kindle copies is more likely to result in a sale than me scribbling the info on a napkin!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author and entrepreneur, I recognize the necessity of putting what I earn back into marketing efforts for my novel and to build my business and brand. Even so, when you’re just getting started with something, it can feel like taking two steps forward and three steps back. But if that something is aligned with your purpose – in my case to maximize my God-given strengths to coach, encourage and inspire women, all to His glory – then it feels like you’re still moving in the right direction. Hopefully one that yields rewards that are more valuable than the ones on which a monetary number can be placed. When that happens, it makes spending money to make money a worthy investment.

In what ways do you need to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about spending money to make it in your professional life (i.e. entrepreneurial efforts)? In your personal life (i.e. investinging in a retirement fund or 401K plan)?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Savvy & Chic

To preview or purchase my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon at:

http://amzn.to/2CXE6WJ for a print copy or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9 for the Kindle copy.

Thank you!

 

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Santa AKA Hubby Hooked a Sister Up!

Santa AKA Hubby Hooked a Sister Up!

It’s Day 225 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and if you adhere to the Twelve Days of Christmas, like I do, yesterday was the last day, and boy did Santa AKA Hubby, hook a sister up! An original Maxxinista, my love affair with TJ Maxx is nearly thirty years strong. That being the case, my husband knows one way to this woman’s heart is a TJ Maxx gift card. And like St. Nick, he delivers every Christmas. So of course, while in Atlanta, my sister-in-law and I made a New Year’s Eve run to the TJ’s there. I’ve seldom ever left empty handed and found a wicker look storage container to house my outside decor and a pink yoga mat, but didn’t score anything special. Then yesterday, after spending the entire day catching up on professional to-dos and book tasks for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, to release next week, I took a look in my local TJ Maxx and put the gift card to good use on something I find truly special. Though my hubby didn’t pick it out for me, I still feel like Santa hooked this sister up!

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Calvin Klein floral handbag/tote. Makes me think of spring w/ faves pink, green & white. And I still have a pretty chunk of change left on my TJ Maxx gift card. ; )

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Maxxinista, one of the ways I own my sense of style is purchasing things that truly speak to me. I don’t have to go out and buy an entire new wardrobe of clothes every season or according to the latest trends. Instead, I freshen up what I have by adding a few new pieces to the ones I already own and love. This fosters my fashion creativity and inspires me to re-imagine outfits. I already know I’ll pair the handbag with a sweater with the same pink for a meeting on Monday (will post a pic of course!). Purchasing an item I love also reminds me of my husband’s thoughtfulness and generosity every time I wear it. In fact, I’m wearing  a sweater bought with a gift card he gave me several years ago and it always brings a smile to my face. In addition, buying something I will use longterm helps me to be a good steward of my resources, which is important to me. Furthermore, shopping stores, like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s that I know carry my brands saves time, money, and energy, all of which I try to use wisely.

My hubby is wise too: He not only buys TJ Maxx gift cards for me, but our daughter-in-law as well. One and done, baby. Santa really does know how to hook a sister up!

How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose with gift cards you may have received this Christmas? What special item could you be on the lookout for to freshen up your wardrobe or decor?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach