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Planning Your Business: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting Started

Starting your own business is an exciting venture, and the first step is to make a plan. Planning a business is not just about numbers and drawing charts; it's about thinking about the future, making intelligent decisions, and overcoming obstacles. In this guide, we'll discuss why business planning is essential. Also, we will talk about thinking strategically, making detailed lists, and doing thorough research. Whether you are just starting or want to improve your existing business, understanding how to plan well is the key to success. Join us as we look at the things that will help you turn your business dreams into a real and successful reality. 

3 Key Steps to Effectively Plan Your Business

1. Dream Big: Define Your Vision

The first step in planning your business is to dream big and define your vision. Consider the following:

Business Model:

Begin by outlining the fundamental structure of your business. Will it operate with a physical presence, such as a...
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Black Friday Budgeting: Your Guide to Smart Shopping

Black Friday, the ultimate shopping extravaganza that kicks off the holiday season, is just around the corner. It’s the day when retailers offer jaw-dropping discounts, and shoppers rush to grab the best deals. However, if you want to make the most of Black Friday without breaking the bank or accumulating credit card debt, it’s crucial to have a  well-thought-out plan. This article will discuss creating a budget for Black Friday shopping to help you shop smart and stick to your budget, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable holiday season for you and your loved ones.

Tips on How to Shop Smart on Black Friday

1) List Everyone and Everything
The first step in preparing for Black Friday is creating a comprehensive list. You want to list everyone you plan to buy gifts for, from your immediate family to friends and colleagues. Remember those small but meaningful presents for teachers, neighbors, and other important people. By doing this, you can estimate the...
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Thanksgiving Budgeting Guide: How to Start Early and Save Big

budgeting finance Oct 13, 2023
The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting cooler, and the holiday season is approaching. Thanksgiving, a time for gratitude and togetherness, is a cherished tradition for many families. While it’s a time for celebration, it’s also a time that can put a strain on your finances if you’re not careful. That’s why it's crucial to start planning your Thanksgiving budget early to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable holiday season.
In this blog post, we’ll highlight critical aspects you should consider to ensure a stress-free Thanksgiving. We will also discuss some essential tips for planning your Thanksgiving budget and how to get a head start on the preparations. So, let’s dive in!

4 Easy Ways to Have a Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving

1. Meal Planning
Determining your meal plan is one of the first steps in preparing for Thanksgiving. This Meal Planner will save you time and stress during the holidays....
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Must Have Tools for Starting a Business

Top 11 Tools I Use in My Business

Hello friends!!

I can't believe I am doing this. 

Writing a blog….who am I??

But my VA (Virtual Assistant) says I need to branch out of my comfort zone, so here I am!

But really, what better place and way to start than telling y'all about my FAVORITE Products and Apps that I use everyday as a 20+ year business owner!

Let’s dive in!!


Google workspace 

Google Workspace, formerly G Suite, is a new tool that I am using with my VA’s! It was simple when I had one VA but when I added three more to the team I knew I needed to have one place to collaborate, meet, and schedule! 

Bonus: I could set up a Gmail that has my domain - aka everyone on my team no longer has to use their personal email but has a Candice Montgomery email! How cool!!


Trello is a web-based, Kanban-style (visual board), list-making application. This is great for organizing your tasks or delegating your tasks to your...

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What to Look for in a Business Coach


It's your business bestie back again with some more advice!

Today’s advice is all about business coaches!

Or if a business coach seems scary to you we can go with a business educator!

Either name you call him/her, it can be scary if you are looking for somebody to help.

How do I know this person will actually help me and not just take my money?

I was in your shoes not too long ago.

Today, I want to share the best qualities to look for in a business coach/educator before you hire them!


A business coach is somebody who will assist and guide the business owner in running a business by helping them clarify the vision of their business and how it fits in with their personal goals (Source: The Alternative Board).



I’ve been an entrepreneur for more than 20 years. And the best thing I’ve learned from all those years is to have an accountability partner! Having an...

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Self Love and Care for a Business Owner

self care self love Oct 11, 2023
Hi everyone! Today I'd like to introduce you to the wonderful world of self-care and self-love. As a female business owner, it can often feel like there's not enough time in the day to really focus on self-care and self-love. However, both are incredibly important for our overall health and wellbeing, so let’s make them a priority so we can stay energized, motivated and passionate about our business.
In this post, I'll explore some simple self-care and self-love practices that you can incorporate into your daily life. From simple things like taking a few moments to yourself each day to more intensive practices like journaling, I'll share some tips and ideas to help you nurture yourself and build self-love.

Why Do Business Owners Need Self Care and Self Love?

Self care can help reduce stress, improve mental and physical health, increase self-esteem, and provide an opportunity for relaxation and reflection. It can also help to create a sense of balance, as...
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Start Driving Traffic To Your Website

Are you looking to drive more traffic to your website? You’re not alone. Every business owner  wants to attract more visitors and make their online presence more successful. 
There are many ways to drive traffic to your website and it doesn’t have to be a difficult task. But you have to consider the right strategies and tactics before you can start getting more visitors to your website and ultimately increase your conversions. 

Here are 7 Effective Strategies to Help You Drive Traffic To Your Website:


         1.Optimize Your Website for SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the most important factor in driving organic traffic to your website. Make sure to include relevant keywords that your target audience is likely to search for, as well as optimize your titles, meta descriptions, and headings for the best search engine performance. This will help your website rank higher in search engine results,...
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Mompreneur Tips and Tricks

“There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother.” - Sara Josepha Hale
"There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a great one." - Jill Churchill
Before I even start this, I want to say "YOU ROCK!!". Literally.
Hi! My name is Savannah - I am a Virtual Assistant for Candice Montgomery LLC, a wife for almost 4 years, a first time mom to the happiest craziest 4 month old, run a one woman wholesale stationery company, and have a podcast with my best friend! You could say the day can get kinda crazy! Today, I am going to share my 4 tips that have helped me survive and sometimes thrive the past four months!
Also, please know - I do not do these tips perfectly or every week! I am not a perfect mom and there should not be any pressure to be a perfect mom!
Being a mompreneur is an incredibly rewarding journey, but it can also be a challenging one. Having to balance the demands of motherhood while running a...
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Saving Money in Business and Why

Hello there! I am so excited about this blog post because this topic is something that’s really close to my heart. It’s all about saving money in business and the best ways you can save money and maximize profits in your business. 
As a new business owner, you may think how exciting it is to finally have a business of your own and that you can now spend and buy whatever you want. Hold your horses! This is just the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey. There are far more important things you have to consider, and one of them is saving money in your business.
Businesses have to be mindful of their finances to stay in operation. One of the most important ways to keep a business's finances healthy is to practice good money management. There are a few useful strategies to help businesses save money, such as budgeting and utilizing technology to automate tasks.

Why is saving money in business important?


Saving money in business is...
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The 3 Crucial Numbers to Know Before Budgeting

budgeting finance Oct 11, 2023
Imagine a world where you don't have to worry about money, where you call the shots on where every dollar goes, and where you confidently navigate the road to financial freedom. Well, it's not just a dream; it's an achievable reality. In this post, we'll explain the secrets of success in budgeting and how these three essential numbers can help you change your financial situation.
Are you considering starting a budget but feeling overwhelmed not knowing where to begin? Well, you’re not alone. Budgeting can be daunting, especially if you are new to it. But fear not because today, we will break it down for you. The key to successful budgeting is understanding and managing three critical numbers: income, expenses, and debt.

1. Know Your Income

Your journey towards financial stability begins with a clear understanding of your income. Income doesn’t just refer to your regular paycheck; it encompasses every source of money coming your way. This includes...
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