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My Dad Fostered My Entrepreneurial Spirit

In honor of Father’s Day this weekend and my Dad’s birthday today, I’m posting a blog about how my Dad fostered my entrepreneurial spirit. Enjoy!

My Dad is the exact person who inspired me to start my business, and he is the one person who has been coaching me along the way! My Dad is Jim Palmer, “The Newsletter Guru.” ( When I got pregnant, I knew I wanted to stay at home with my baby, but my husband and I could not afford to live under just one income. My Dad told me I’d be a perfect virtual assistant, so I let him take me under his entrepreneurial wing and help me start ESS. I have not looked back and I have been bit by the entrepreneurial bug!

Growing up, my Dad totally supported me in all the (what felt like) hundreds of different activities I tried. He supported my (totally irrational) dream of being on Broadway, taking me to all my college auditions and taught me valuable life lessons about life and leadership.

Additionally, as a child, my mom was a stay at home mom, and my Dad started his business when I was 13 years old and he works out of a home office. So, I’ve always had my parents at home. I knew I wanted my son to have his mom (and dad) at home as much as possible. Knowing that, my Dad has done everything he could to help me build a profitable business.

How has your dad inspired you? Leave a comment below!me-and-dad

Characteristics of a pinnable pin on Pinterest!

What makes a pin pinnable?

1. Long and skinny pins have a higher click rate!  They attract more attention because they take up more ‘real estate’ on the Pinterest feed.  Remember not to add pins that are wider than 600 pixels because Pinterest will either resize them, decreasing the quality of the image, or the pin will not show up at all!

2. Pinning images that explain ‘how to’ do something!  People love using Pinterest because it’s a great place for information.  While social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter involve more conversation between users, Pinterest is used more for info…so pin images that explain how to do something, and lots of people will click and re-pin!

3. Calls to action have a much higher click rate and the reason is simple- if you clearly tell someone to do something, they are more likely to do it!  Say “click here,” & lots of people will click without thinking twice!

4. Pinterest users spend more money on average when they find a product or service on Pinterest.  Lots of users even go to Pinterest specifically to shop.  So, adding a price tag to your pin will clearly indicate that the product or service is for sale and you will attract more buyers.  To add a price tag, all you have to do is write the price in the description.  For example, “$100.”

5.  People love motivational and inspiring quotes. There are probably hundreds of boards on Pinterest for quotes!  So pin images with inspiring quotes and you will see lots of re-pins!


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Pinterest tip: Create your own content!

blogOver 80% of the content on Pinterest is re-pinned, meaning it’s just being circulated through the site from other users.  As a Pinterest marketer, it is very smart to add your own images to Pinterest.


When you create your own images to add to Pinterest there are a few things to keep in mind-

1) Make sure your images attractive, eye-catching and tell a story

2) Add text to your images and have a ‘call to action,’ such as “Click here to learn more”

3) Your images should not be more than 600 pixels in width or else they will not show up on the main feed or be resized, reducing the quality of the image.  Images that are longer than 1000px will get clicked on a lot more because they stand out on the Pinterest feed!


A few tools to create your own images are-

1) It’s free and you don’t even need an account! Just upload your picture and you can resize it, add text, and add fun effects

2) This site is also free and is great for adding text to images or making inspirational quotes look great!

3) This is a great site for making infographics.  There is a free version with a select number of themes, or you can invest in the annual pro version and get high quality infographic themes to design and personalize!


Be creative and have fun!


Listen to and watch some great interviews with Jessica Rhodes!

It has been an honor to be interviewed on two podcasts of two of my clients, and two entrepreneurs that I have a lot of respect for!

Jim Palmer (is my father) and the Newsletter Guru.  I won’t hide the fact that I am a very lucky business woman because I have the best coach in the world and he also happens to be my dad!  I was interviewed by him on Stick Like Glue Radio as well as on Newsletter Guru TV.  Please check out those episodes here:













Jason Silverman is the owner of Powerful Words Character Development, which is the World’s Leading Character System for the After School World…AND the ONLY system designed by a Child Development Expert who also ran a successful school and one of the world’s leading Marketing Experts!  I work with Jason to manage his Pinterest page and design his infographics.   Jason interviewed me for his clients this week and I would love for you to check it out!





5 Reasons You Need to Be On Pinterest

5-reasons-you-need-to-be-on-pinterestAs a Pinterest Virtual Assistant, a common response I hear from prospective clients is “I don’t even know what Pinterest is.”  I can understand why, if you aren’t even really sure what this site is all about, you would not want to consider spending time figuring out a whole new social media platform.

Pinterest is different.  It’s powerful and brilliant and if you are an entrepreneur or small business owner you need to be using it!

Here’s why-

1. First, let me tell you why I think Pinterest is so brilliant.  We are all victims of the ‘shiny object syndrome.’  We have our smart phones, our ipads, our laptops, computers, and TVs…sometimes all being used at the same time, because we, as entrepreneurs, constantly have ideas running through our heads.  I admit, when I am working on one task, sometimes I’ll get an idea and have to immediately stop what I’m doing to write that idea down.    Pinterest doesn’t try and fight the ‘shiny object syndrome.’  Pinterest embraces it.  When you visit Pinterest, you don’t have to choose to read about one particular category, you can bounce back and forth between hundreds of different images and infographics.  And guess what?  If you are producing some eye catching images, hundreds, maybe even thousands of people will look to your content, and click through to your website.

2.  There are no friend requests.  My client said to me recently, “I don’t think many people are looking at my Pinterest page.”  You know what my response was?  “It doesn’t matter if they are looking for your page, because your pins are visible to the entire Pinterest community, it doesn’t matter if someone follows you or not.  Your pins are public and show up on the ‘everything’ feed when it’s posted.”  Pinterest offers this amazing opportunity to get your content out to an enormous number of people.

3.  The know, like and trust factor.  Chances are, your business website is going to have a sales aspect.  You want people to buy your service or your product.  Pinterest gives you the opportunity to showcase your products, services, and brand to potential customers or clients without looking sales-y.

4.  Generate serious traffic to your website.  After someone sees the content you pin, they can click through to your website.  As an avid Pinterest user, I can assure you if I am drawn to an image, I always click through to see the website that the image is linked to.  Pins only give a nugget of information.  They are strategically short and simple, motivating people to seek more information which is at your website.

5.  Pinterest is the next big thing. So stop dragging your feet, stop denying its power because it’s not going anywhere.  It was recently ranked the third most popular social media site, with Twitter as a very close second.  If you get on Pinterest now, you will most certainly stick out to your clients and prospects as someone who is sharp and ahead of the curve.


Don’t have the time?  Click the tab on my website that says Get Exposure and Clients and learn about how ESS can help!

Helpful business hint: Put a sign on your door!

office-park-pic-monkeyIf there is one thing I have learned since becoming a business owner, it’s that everyone has strengths that they can profit from.  Some of the keys to being successful in your business ventures are to be confident, never give up, have a coach who can offer their wisdom and expertise as you get started and grow your business, and don’t be sloppy or let your weaknesses/shortcomings show.

I just got back from an appointment with a dermatologist and their practice is very new to the area.  I knew I had arrived because the street address was highly visible on the building (lucky for them).  But when I went inside the office building  there were no signs pointing me to the correct office!  I had to blindly go into another office asking where my doctor was located.  I was not a happy patient.

Now, they were efficient, the receptionists were very nice and the doctor saw me right away and had me out pretty quickly.  But as a paying patient, I left that office thinking more about how confusing and frustrating it was not being able to find their office when I first arrived.

My point is this: You can be the best at what you do (in this case, be a great dermatologist) but if another part of your business (practice in this case) is sloppy, you’re going to risk losing paying customers or patients.  It’s not that hard- if you don’t have time to order the signage for your office, pay someone to do it.  I bet you the sign business would be more than happy to get the business!

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