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How Does a Company Take a Year Off (Business-Wide Sabbatical)?

What would it look like if your business took an entire year off? Is it possible or crazy? What would the fruit of this endeavor look like?

In 2013, the entire Noodlehead Marketing team embraced an entire year of rest and release,  a Sabbath Year (Shmita in Hebrew). At the time, I never heard of an organization taking a sabbatical (just individuals) and after extensive research to find an example, that didn’t change. 

As we explored taking a year off for the company, we were limited in trusting God and the few scriptures he left on the topic to discover what it was and how to apply them to our upcoming year. 

Once we committed, there was a roller coaster of wonderful and scary moments throughout. In retrospect, it was critical in instilling values and changes in me, my marriage, and elsewhere.

So while it may feel quite risky to do, taking a Sabbath year could be the best thing you ever do. It was for me. 

Explore my story of taking a Sabbath year during the final season of the company

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How To Overcome Challenges, Build A Business, & Lead Yourself With Jason Long, Founder of MedRev

The following interview with Jason Long launches a new experiment exploring the stories and perspective from my friends, colleagues, clients, and mentors. These interviews will span multiple mediums to provide a platform for others to share how they grow themselves, others, and their small businesses. 

In this discussion, I sit down with my friend and serial entrepreneur Jason Long who shares how he pushes himself to be a better person, partner, and leader. We also explore how a difficult season of his life culminating in a horrific car accident left him with brain damage. This moment in his life and business became the catalyst to change how he saw the world and what he deemed as most important. In the conclusion of the interview, Long leaves us with two tactical insights worth embracing in our daily life. 

Click to watch or listen to this interview with Jason Long about growing our life

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TimeCamp Podcast Interview: Stay On Top Of Your Work!

Earlier this year in May, Timecamp conducted a written interview exploring how I organize my projects, use timecamp, and tips for entrepreneurs. You can read it here.

Today, I'm happy to announce Timecamp invited me back for an audio interview on their podcast, Stay On Top Of Your Work. In this interview terrifically conducted by Kata Kurzawska, I share my story, talk about freelancing, Path of the Freelancer, how I use Timecamp, interesting books, motivation, other useful tools, and how I stay on top of my work. It's 35 minutes of helpful insights to help you grow you and your business. 

Click to access the podcast and link to transcript

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Freeeup Interview: How I Fell Into Freelancing, Wrote The Book, & My Current Freelancing Challenges

Disclosure: As an affiliate of Freeeup, I receive a commission if you sign up for their services.

In may, Connor Gillivan, Chief Marketing Officer at Freeeup, reached out to me about Path Of The Freelancer. As a result of our discussion, I became a customer (through one of my clients), and an affiliate of their business for finding quality freelancers (a better alternative to Upwork for small business owners).

Learn more about this Freeeup interview and access the link to read

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Reviewing The Top Performing Blog Posts Via Organic Traffic

With my escalating blogging goal (to reach 400 posts by year's end) nearby, I've surveyed the archives to discover which articles are performing well with the search engines. 

My first high performing blog post took about ten months to gain traction, so I suspect the landscape will change greatly over the next year as the over 200 articles I've written in the previous fourteen months will find their place on the search engines. To maximize my existing library, I'll also need to go back to many of the articles not performing and complete focused updates to get them on track.

In the meantime, I'm keeping a close eye on the break-out pages gaining momentum and listed below.  

Explore my search traction gaining blogs

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Instead Of Micro Managing, Leverage A Visibility System That Includes Communication And Action Management

As a business owner, you want to control what happens, how it happens, and when it happens. And, justifiably so. Your lively hood and the success of so many individuals is dependent on a business reliably producing value for its customers. 

But, many small business owners take this too far when they remove their team’s agency and dictate to employees exactly how to do their job. While they may feel and be justified in their doing so, micro-managing this way removes the mind of the team members and turns them into robots. 

Explore two ways you can combat your tendency to micro manage

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September 2018 Reflection Point: 12 Lessons Learned, 10 Quotes, 2 New Things, & Goal Updates

There was a seismic shift last month and out popped our fifth child, Zoe Rene Montoya. You can get the wonderful details and see more beautiful photos here.

My generous mother was here to help out around the house and with our other kids so the transition was fairly mild (especially compared to the last two).

Thanks to The Painted Frog Studio, I was able to commission my mom a personalized gift made in her image (to match the one I had made for my dad a few months back). 

Explore lessons learned, quotes, and new things to explore

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Financial Survivalism: Moving Past Persistent Challenges & Embracing Sustainability

Why do we resist the responsibility that leads to sustainability?

Because it's hard. Embracing responsibility requires setting aside the short-term benefit for the long-term gain. But it's not easy, even when we've fully committed. In fact, it can feel quite like we're being relentlessly hunted. 

Explore how the relentless pursuit of life wears us down and what we can do to respond

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Three Ways Your Small Business Can Build Out A Marketing Department

Marketing is a reflection of your organization's identity, beliefs, and offerings. Knowing and sustaining a consistent and compelling message to effectively communicate your brand is vitally important for long-term and efficient success. While sales can move the needle today, marketing will remove friction in doing business tomorrow. 

Many companies excel in marketing but fail to deliver on their promises, while others neglect marketing but go above and beyond for their customers. While this tends to be more of a spectrum than one or the other, if you lean towards strong operations and weak marketing, it's time to seriously explore bolstering up your digital growth efforts and there are three major options available to you.

Explore the three options you have for building out a marketing department

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