What I Tell My Daughter About International Women's Day

by Marilu Lopez Home Based Business, News and Society, Home and Family
What I Tell My Daughter About International Women's Day I'm a proud mum of two girls so in a way I do celebrate International Women's Day. At the end of the day, a lot of progress has been made and more people talk about equality. I celebrate the women that have committed and work every day to make sure that we all live in a fair playfield. I also recognize that as more people discuss equal pay some companies are making ...
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The No so Colourful Side of Being an Entrepreneur

by Marilu Lopez Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online, Home and Family
The No so Colourful Side of Being an Entrepreneur When it is not so colourful to be an Entrepreneur as... It is not always about the ups. When things keep going wrong...   I would love to say that when things go wrong I keep my cool and do all the nice little things that all the coaches and philosophers say to do.    When things go wrong I should make lemonade with lemons...   When things go wrong I should learn and move on...   When things go wrong I should ...
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Celebrating 100 Years of Women Vote

by Marilu Lopez Internet and Businesses Online, News and Society, Home and Family
Celebrating 100 Years of Women Vote 6 of February we celebrate 100 years of the success of the suffragettes. Back in 1918, some women got the right to vote but gender discrimination was still part of everyday life. Did you know that... - Women could not inherit property - Women were unable to serve on a jury - Women couldn't open a bank account or get a loan - Women could be refused service in 'unaccompanied' in a pub - Women could not become a lawyer ...
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A Morning Routine for a Successful (And Balanced) Day

by Marilu Lopez Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online, Self Improvement
A Morning Routine for a Successful (And Balanced) Day Successful entrepreneurs and CEOs know that mornings set the tone for how successful a day can be. Like them, we also have only 24 hours in a day. And like them, I understand the importance of having a morning routine that will define how successful and balanced your day can be. Did you know that... Gary Vaynerchuk, entrepreneur and investor, CEO of VaynerMedia always catches up with the news, tweets to his fans and ...
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Finding Balance as Mum and Entrepreneur

by Marilu Lopez Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online, Self Improvement
Finding Balance as Mum and Entrepreneur The to do's list as a mum is unlimited, the to do's list as an online entrepreneur is unlimited. Now, you put both of them together and you end up really really busy to the point that you are beyond feeling exhausted.   Everybody now talks about finding balance in your life, making sure that you always take care of yourself, family and friends as well as work. Yet we all know as well that everything is ...
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7 Steps to Start a Lifestyle Business

by Marilu Lopez Business, Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online
Have you ever heard of a lifestyle business? My definition of a Lifestyle Business is one that you set up to Start and Sustain a Lifestyle that YOU desire. Even Forbes (Sean Ogle, 21 Sep 2012) considers that people should be building lifestyle businesses instead of Start-Ups and I totally agree. As someone that has been involved in particular in the Fintech space, I can see that although both require hard work, commitment and perseverance, some advantages are not available to startups. In a startup, ...
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Facebook Advertising and Top 10 Must Do's for Newbies

by Marilu Lopez Business, Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online
Facebook Advertising and Top 10 Must Do's for Newbies If you are not new to online marketing, you may have heard of statistics like 1.86billion use Facebook per month (Source: Facebook as of 02/01/17) and that 20 minutes is the average time spend per visit per user (Source: Infodocket). So with stats like these ones is no surprise that more and more new businesses consider advertising on Facebook. However, we all have all heard how difficult it may be to do Facebook advertising and ...
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Why is your personal brand important for your entrepreneurial lifestyle vision?

by Marilu Lopez Business, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Why is your personal brand important to implement your lifestyle vision? For nearly 10 years I worked for one of the top global brands. For years this brand was perceived as x so changing that brand perception, has taken a lot of thinking and work to clearly and consistently communicate the 'new' brand attributes. In the same way that it happens to companies, personal brands evolve over time, but they are also governed by perceptions of those around us. In this digital ...
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Do you manage your to do's for success or just as a checklist?

by Marilu Lopez Self Improvement, Book Reviews, Home and Family
Do you manage your to do's for success or just as a checklist? Have you've ever felt that there are never enough hours in the day to do everything that you want? Do you have a list of to do's that never seems to end? Or, have you learned how to manage your time and feel satisfied at the end of the day? I most admit that I have always had a love-hate relationship with my to do's list. I enjoy the ...
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Are You On Purpose in the Present Moment to Achieve What You Want?

by Marilu Lopez Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Home and Family
Are You On Purpose in the Present Moment to Achieve What You Want? In the same way that is important to work out to be fit, working out your 'brain muscle' or practising Mindfulness is important to enable you to achieve what you want from every day. You may have heard that leaders and celebrities such as Emma Watson or Arianna Huffington have incorporated the daily practice of Mindfulness. They have recognised that emotional wellbeing is as important and that you ...
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The Present State of Future Commerce

by Marilu Lopez Business, Computers and Technology, Finance
The Present State of Future Commerce “By 2030, 2 billion people who don’t have a bank account today will be storing money and making payment with their phones.” Bill and Melinda Gates, 2015 Gates Annual Letter The population is increasingly dependent on mobile phones at any time, and wherever they are, penetration of mobile phone continues to grow, and greatest innovations like M-Pesa in Kenya or commerce via WeChat are all signs of democratisation of banking through mobile phones. Therefore it is ...
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How to Protect Your Career in the Digital Revolution

by Marilu Lopez Business, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
How to Protect Your Career in the Digital Revolution Companies have been developing strategies to join the Digital Era or Fourth Industrial Revolution. New technologies such from artificial intelligence, robotics to Fintech or even Healthtech are experiencing accelerated growth and only our own desire to adopt seems to be blocking even further growth. However, it is without a doubt incredibly important to start from today planning your next steps to survive the changes that are being experienced across different industries. Daily ...
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Can you Find Balance as You Transition Back to Work After Maternity Leave?

by Marilu Lopez Internet and Businesses Online, Self Improvement, Home and Family
Can you Find Balance as You Transition Back to Work After Maternity Leave? Everyone is different as well as circumstances are also different, so I was really surprised when I found out that other mums were feeling the same when going back to work after maternity leave. That feeling in your heart when you leave your little one for the first time with a stranger for a day. As you start you realise that your old routine no longer works because you ...
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6 Reasons to Start an Online Business and Enjoy More Freedom

by Marilu Lopez Business, Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online
6 Reasons to Start an Online Business and Enjoy More Freedom The digital economy is providing new opportunities for everyone to add or create an income while you add your value based on your own experience, knowledge and/or skills. It has also never been as easy to enter this 'new job' market. The explosive growth that 'unicorns' are creating, has also increased even more interest in this area but not everyone needs a big idea like Uber or Airbnb. Now everyone has the ...
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Can You Use Fear To Your Advantage?

by Marilu Lopez Business, Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online
Can You Use Fear To Your Advantage? I have experienced fear, that very unpleasant emotion when I believe something can be dangerous and what it could cause. All adverse scenarios appear suddenly in my head, and as a result, my brain releases chemicals that cause my heart to race, breath fast and shake more than what I would normally do. I hated these feeling and more than anything I hated to show my fear to others as it would make me ...
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How to Escape the 9 to 5 if you are Cautious

by Marilu Lopez Business, Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online
How to Escape the 9 to 5 if you are Cautious To move on from a full-time and secure job to a more flexible working arrangement may never be an option for some people and in any case, it may seem frightening. However, for others, circumstances are certainly pushing us to start thinking more seriously about that decision. It could be that you need additional income, are tired of the routine of a nine to five, are sick of commuting to ...
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Do you want to inspire others by your stories?

by Marilu Lopez Business, Internet and Businesses Online, Writing and Speaking
Do you want to inspire others by your stories? Developing content is one of the most important disciplines for digital marketers. Whether you are an experienced storyteller or a newbie, you always need to remember that not only there are three key elements of a story but also that there are five questions that you should always be asking if you want to develop stories that inspire your audience. Hope that by sharing what I have learned will help others in ...
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Top 5 tips if you are considering to start your digital marketing career

by Marilu Lopez Business, Internet and Businesses Online, Reference and Education
Top 5 tips if you are considering to start your digital marketing career So you probably have heard that there is a global digital skills gap and you may have noticed that this increased demand in digital jobs is now matched by an increased demand for options to learn digital marketing. As a marketer with over 20 years of experience, I can see where you are coming from as at some point in my career I noticed that I had to upskill myself ...
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Life after redundancy

by Marilu Lopez Business, Internet and Businesses Online, Home and Family
Life after redundancy We all have heard that it is likely that redundancy will get you at least once in your lifetime and yet it is not until that moment when you are told that it is actually happening to you that it hits you. Yes, you who spent over a decade trusting that your good results, hard work, commitment, friendships would help you continue in your comfortable 9 to 5. When this happened, I wasn't necessarily shocked as I knew it could ...
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