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Marisa Mohi
Writer | Coach | Tarot Reader — I help creatives make space for what they loved before the world got in the way.

So, you’ve built your online platform and you’re ready to take it to the next level. Let’s talk about how you can go from a blog to business, and the steps to make that happen.

Honestly, I feel like turning your online platform into a business is a logical progression, but it doesn’t have to happen.

If you’re cool with putting in all the work of maintaining an online platform for free, go right on ahead.

But if you’re passionate about what you do and would like to be compensated for your work, here are the steps you need to…

Creative entrepreneurs often find themselves in labor-intensive situations. Art takes time and work, and it can be hard to earn a full-time income if you don’t have time to create and run a business. That’s why I’m so incredibly passionate about passive income for creatives.

I know that passive income has become a buzzword lately. Everyone and their brother will tell you to buy up a rental property, or to create a dropshipping site.

And yeah. Those are great sources of passive income.

But like, how feasible is that for everyone?

If you’re already working to create a business, how…

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One of the things that seems to concern a lot of well-meaning assholes is how I make money as a writer and creative.

They’ve told me, on multiple occasions, that writing doesn’t earn cash, and that you have to be a boring jerk in middle management to actually make something of your life.

(This is patently false, by the way, but you know how people can be.)

So, it’s with that in mind that I’ve decided to…

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If I don’t keep my phone on Do Not Disturb, I will lose my damn mind.

Even though I’ve changed the notification settings and done my best to ensure that my phone screen doesn’t illuminate out of the blue and take me out of my work-induced fugue state, I still struggle with that temptation.

I need to know if I’m missing out. I need to check the group texts to see if anything important is going on.

It’s never important, and I learned that long ago.

But that’s the thing about your phone and social media. …

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Growing up, it seemed like talent was the Holy Grail.

If you were talented enough at whatever you did, you had it made. This was a myth that was perpetuated not only by other kids, but by the adults around us.

I remember playing varsity softball and leaving the field one night. I overheard a conversation between two parents talking about our pitcher.

“That’s just a lot of God-given talent right there,” one said. The other agreed.

I didn’t think much of it at the time. But it’s stuck with me these past 20 years.

Back then, it seemed right…

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It took a global pandemic for me to see what I really needed in order to be a writer.

Don’t get me wrong. I have the education. I have the network. I had the correct day jobs to be the writer I wanted to be.

I did the speaking gigs. I did the social media. I grew my author platform.

But at the end of the day, it wasn’t right.

In December of 2019, I quit my day job teaching Business Communications at the biggest research institution in my state. I wanted to go out on my own and do…

Did you know that there’s less than a month left in 2020? Let’s talk about how to set creative goals for the new year.

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Yes, I know that when the clock strikes midnight on December 31, the pandemic won’t be over. But did you know that you can still set goals even if the year kind of just sucks?

Obviously, your goals for 2021 probably won’t center on travel and large gatherings. …

Breakin’ curses all damn day, y’all.

You know how in fairy tales, there’s always someone who is cursed? And like, the curse itself is kind of weird?

Like how Sleeping Beauty was going to die from pricking her finger on a spinning wheel? Or like how Pinocchio’s nose grows when he lies?

Admittedly, I’m not dealing with any of this.

But I have been cursed by busy-ness, an odd thing since I wrote about how busy is a choice years ago.

But sometimes, when life shifts and you level up, what used to be a necessary task falls into the busy realm…

This is the customer service face I honed while waiting tables. I use it often. It has served me well when I find myself as the recipient of unsolicited advice.

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to extend my acknowledgement of receipt for the unsolicited advice you offered me the other day. Though I didn’t ask for it, and I would argue it wasn’t necessary, you took the time to send it my way, which I suppose counts for something.

I don’t often seek advice, perhaps to the chagrin of others. But when I do, I’m very particular about those who I consult. Industry experts, very close friends, folks who have been there before — those are usually the people I speak with when I’m in need of…

One of the actual dumbest things I hear grown adults say is, “Well, I was always taught…”

Then, they say something that’s either patently incorrect, inhumane, or justifies something wrong they’re actively doing.

“I was always taught to respect my elders.”

“I was always taught to listen to the pastor no matter what.”

“I was always taught that [insert political party] was corrupt.”

“I was always taught that thunder is the sound of God bowling and he just got a strike.”

Okay. That last one is dumb. But it’s something that a lot of people I know ACTUALLY heard growing…

Marisa Mohi

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