March 17, 2008

Wendy Wouldn’t Wait. Will You?

published this at 10:43 am

See the Difference

Wendy Piersall and I were talking this morning. Our conversation centered around this point.

A blog is a blog. A business is a business.

A blog isn’t a business any more than a building is a company. We can work our hearts out in the name of our blogs — reading feeds, writing posts, commenting, and social networking — but without a plan, those things won’t get us what we need to pay the rent.

I like having conversations about business with Wendy because she “gets” it. She knows that a blog can make money, but a business with a future requires a plan. Once Once Wendy decided that she was going to have a business, a business is what she built.

Wendy Wouldn’t Wait. Will You?

Wendy Piersall was invested in having a business. She wouldn’t wait for someone else to show her how. She made it was her job to research and do the work that needed to be done. She didn’t wait until every star was aligned. She aligned them for herself.

“I saw it as investing.” Wendy said. “I carefully choose what would move my business forward, then I went after the resources to make those things happen.” She scrimped to find time and money. “Do it that way, put your work and money down, and I assure you, you’ll make sure that your investments pay off.”

Wendy made a plan, found the best models, put together a mastermind team for support and went about building a business. Have you paid attention to how far Wendy has come?

This is Wendy’s blog last year.

eMoms February 2007

This is Wendy’s BUSINESS now. By SOBCon08 it will have expanded further.

eMoms February 2008

Wendy wasn’t flush with cash, time, or teachers. She wasn’t waiting for the future. She was ready to make a business. It took her less than a year.

I asked her what was the most important part. She said, “A blog is not a business. Business is a serious leap. You have to be ready to take it on.”

Wendy’s formula for success is familiar — Models, Mastermind Support, and a Plan.

I’m pleased to announce

Wendy has agreed to speak at SOBCon08.
I’m speaking at SOBCon08

What are you doing to build the business of your dreams now?

–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz!! Models, Masterminds, and an Actionable Plan — SOBCon08 is May 2,3,4 in Chicago. Register now!
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26 Comments to “Wendy Wouldn’t Wait. Will You?”

  1. March 17th, 2008 at 11:44 am
    Michael Martine, Blog Consultant said

    A blog isn’t a business any more than a building is a company.

    That’s going into the next “overheard in the blogosphere post!

    Great news! I look forward to meeting Wendy!

  2. March 17th, 2008 at 11:49 am
    Wendy Piersall said

    Same here, Michael! :)

    Wasn’t Liz’s quote great? I think it’s one of the most quotable lines I have read in a long time!

  3. March 17th, 2008 at 12:15 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Michael!
    I’m getting clearer and clearer on why entrepreneurs aren’t connecting with their customers. That sentence is one of the core reasons. :)

  4. March 17th, 2008 at 2:46 pm
    Bob Younce said

    Just left Wendy’s blog to come here, LOL!

    Not a mom, but I am a work-at-home dad. I have followed Wendy for quite a while, and she’s an inspiration. Love it!

  5. March 17th, 2008 at 3:37 pm
    Shannon said

    I’m so thrilled to be working with Wendy. She inspires me and motivates me to do everything I can to turn my blog into a successful business!

  6. March 17th, 2008 at 4:54 pm
    jen knoedl said

    that is a great story!

    i’d love to know more about building a mastermind group. i have definitely started reaching out to people i admire, and i want to make sure that they get value from our relationship as well…

    how does one build, protect and nuture a mastermind group?

  7. March 17th, 2008 at 5:59 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Bob!
    Wendy exemplifies everything we’re doing in at SOBCon this year. We just had to ask her to speak again! She’s a success story for sure!

  8. March 17th, 2008 at 6:02 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Shannon!
    Wendy’s business has made room for folks to shine in her light. I’m hearing the same thing from everyone she works with. :)

  9. March 17th, 2008 at 6:04 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    As it happens, I asked Wendy to write a piece on that very subject to run while we were at SxSW. Here it is.

  10. March 17th, 2008 at 7:52 pm
    24 Reasons Why You Should Attend These Blog Conferences « Lorelle on WordPress said

    […] Wendy Piersall turned an idea into a blog into a business and a year later, she is the CEO and Founder of eMomsatHome, the Internet home business magazine for moms and dad, part of a growing blog network. Liz Strauss recently featured her as one of the top blog success stories of the past year. […]

  11. March 17th, 2008 at 8:35 pm
    BlahGeeTsa said

    Wendy plain rules:)

  12. March 17th, 2008 at 10:32 pm said

    Wendy is amazing and a leader.

  13. March 17th, 2008 at 10:34 pm
    Mother Earth said

    Now I definitely know I will get to meet you and learn from you Wendy! What an absolutely exciting addition to your line up Liz!!

  14. March 17th, 2008 at 10:37 pm
    Easton Ellsworth said

    Wendy Piersall is a genius. So is Liz. I can’t wait to revel in their geniusness at SOBCon. See some of you there.

  15. March 18th, 2008 at 5:36 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Thanks everyone for noticing Wendy’s accomplishments. She did the work and deserves the acknowledgment. :)

  16. March 18th, 2008 at 5:45 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Karen!
    Wendy’s going to talk about how go transition from an individual to a business — the challenges that come with that. I like that idea.

  17. March 18th, 2008 at 5:46 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Thank you, Easton. All of us need the help of our friends, like you, to get anywhere. :)

  18. March 18th, 2008 at 6:00 am
    Bob Younce said

    We’d better all cool it or Wendy won’t be able to leave her house. She won’t get her head through the door :)

    Seriously, though. The fact that so many people showed up here to say how much they admire Wendy is inspiring.

    Good form, Liz, for giving us the opportunity to express our admiration.

  19. March 18th, 2008 at 6:02 am
    @Stephen said

    Wow, that really blew my mind. I am getting more and more excited about SOBCon every day. I am really looking forward to learning from these talented folks.
    Thanks Liz!

  20. March 18th, 2008 at 6:58 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Bob!
    I know Wendy is too focused on her business to let a little blog post of mine distract her. I know you know that too. :)

    Great success deserves point out for the world to see. :)

  21. March 18th, 2008 at 6:59 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Stephen,
    We’re going to pack all of the things that Wendy did into one day. It’s “immersion business think.” :)

  22. March 18th, 2008 at 8:02 am
    Are You Invested Enough to Succeed? - Liz Strauss at Successful Blog - Thinking, writing, business ideas . . . You’re only a stranger once. said

    […] Folks who succeed are invested — in with “both feet.” They put their time and money down, and then they make sure that they get a return. Look at Wendy. […]

  23. March 18th, 2008 at 10:15 am
    Wendy Piersall said

    LMAO @ Bob Younce – “She won’t get her head through the door”.

    No worries – I have a stash of head-deflating pins for just such an occasion. :)

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  25. March 21st, 2008 at 9:59 am
    derrick sorles - web 2.0 consultant said

    It was great to meet Wendy last year and we are excited to hear her this year! She is inspirational!

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