Month: November 2017

  • Mega mistakes that transcend business niches

    Mega mistakes that transcend business niches

    In the most part, launching a business from scratch is a whole bunch easier than it was twenty epochs ago, but that has changed the fact you still face a muddy, slippery, uphill battle. There is just so much that can topple your progress. Yes, the rewards are well worth fighting for, but not if you are making your journey harder than it already is by neglecting things along the way.


  • What NOT to wear to a job interview

    What NOT to wear to a job interview

    If you have an upcoming job interview, first of all: congratulations! Your CV and cover letter must have impressed. Now, it is time to make sure you impress in person. You have probably already done your research and practiced some questions that are likely to come up. But, have you thought about what you are going to wear? This is a critical part of any job interview, as you want to make a positive and professional impression. Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at what NOT to wear when it comes to job interviews:  (more…)

  • Florida's special relationship with latin america

    Florida’s special relationship with latin america

    Did you know that over 70 percent of Florida’s goods exports end up in Latin America? Florida enjoys a special relationship with Latin America, which could prove incredibly lucrative in years to come. As you’ll see from this infographic, markets in Latin America are booming, and Floridian companies are ideally placed to take advantage of stronger bonds and new trade deals. (more…)

  • Turn over a larger profit by understanding the market you operate within

    Turn over a larger profit by understanding the market you operate within

    Most people think that business is as simple as coming up with an idea, bringing it to life and selling it on to consumers for profit. If only things were really this straightforward! Sure, large companies may make things look easy peasy, but don’t let them fool you. Especially if you’re looking at taking to the realm of commerce yourself. This is their job. They need to make everything look seamless in order to maintain a trustworthy and reliable image. To mimic their success, you’re going to have to mimic this laissez-faire facade. This is the easy part. Now for the tough bit: getting down to the nitty gritty of making things work well behind the scenes. But not to worry. We’re here to help! A great place to start is understanding the marketplace that you’re operating within. Here’s everything you need to know to get you started in the right direction. 

  • The speedy way to set up your online store

    The speedy way to set up your online store

    Everything can be done quickly these days. The internet makes it simple to sort out anything you need to as soon as you’d like. That’s why many people want to set up their business online, with a large proportion choosing to run an online store. Setting up a store online is easier than it has ever been, allowing people to sell things without even having to handle their products if they don’t want to. If you want to create your own store, you could be up and be running in a matter of hours or even less. But if you want to do it quickly, you need to know which steps to take.  (more…)

  • Ways of keeping your staff happy as a boss

    Ways of keeping your staff happy as a boss

    It’s all well and good being head honcho of a company, but if your staff aren’t happy then it’s very unlikely that they will perform at their best. As a boss, you need to make sure that you’re taking the right steps to ensure that all of your staff are as happy as possible. In this article are going to be some ideas that you should apply to your business to keep your staff happy; therefore have a successful business. (more…)

  • weekly goals blog income report and photo diary

    Weekly goals + photo diary | #2

    Hey there! 

    It’s me, Mario! Today I’m introducing something new: a weekly post with my goals, photos, and vlogs from the past week to reflect, look back and be a little more personal on the blog.

    When I first started this blog I wanted to get super personal, but along the way, with a busy work life I kinda neglected this aspect, and I think it’s time to bring it back!

    I’d like to recap my Instagram + Snapchat Stories here, as they disappear after a while and I put a lot of effort in it (no shame). It comes very naturally to me to create them, but it doesn’t really come naturally to me to share everything I do. So maybe I can work on this by publishing them here as well.

    Follow me on Instagram + Snapchat!

    With a monthly income report, a look at my life and accountability! I’m a goal digger and write my goals down every. single. day. multiple. times.

    Don’t ask me why, but it feels good to stay focused. Without goals, I’m lost, and without to do lists, I’m drowning.

    Without goals, I’m lost, and without to do lists, I’m drowning.

    I decided to share my weekly goals + to do lists with you to give you a behind the scenes look. This helped me a lot when I was starting out, so hopefully, you like it too! 

    New to this blog? 

    I’m Noni May and I work as a blogger, online business owner, and writer/photographer. I’m committed to helping bloggers, small biz owners, solopreneurs, entrepreneurs & professionals create a business + life they’re happy about through awesome automations, content marketing, PR/free publicity and the right tools for an awesome digital nomad lifestyle and kick-ass photography!

    I help bloggers and entrepreneurs via courses, business and blog coaching and services. I have two free courses and I provide a ton of free stuff here on the blog!

    Besides business, blogging, social media, marketing/PR and money talk, I also blog about all things travel! I travel as often as possible, I’d call myself a digital nomad. Some of the things I also write about are travel guides, travel hacks and about the digital nomad lifestyle.

    I have previously worked with brands like Disney, Uber, Universal, L’Oreal, Bacardi, Levi’s, Lipton Ice Tea, National Bank of Australia, Melbourne Racing Club, Ecosia, Australian Open, Mailchimp, TEDx, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Kinfolk Magazine and more. 

    If you want to work with me, click here. 

    If you want to learn more about my online courses about blogging, money, productivity and PR click here.

    Recap last week:

    Last week I took it offline and mainly worked on projects offline. I had a couple of work meetings and events, and I decided to shoot a lot, as I will be traveling a lot more the upcoming weeks.

    I worked with L’Oreal on a campaign, which was really fun! I’ve also locked in a couple of awesome brand collaborations, more about it soon.

    Popular posts published:

    Here are the to do’s for this week (weekly Goals):

    • Prepare my upcoming trips and plan everything regarding 2018. 
    • Get ready for Black Friday. Both on the blog and for my e-commerce shop.
    • Work on my content strategy for the rest of 2017. I’d like to write and schedule all the content for 2017, so I can focus on my courses the rest of the year. I also have a couple of awesome collaborations lined up, so I can’t wait to have a little bit more freedom without daily writing (which I absolutely love!).

    Check out the ultimate side hustle business kit resources if you’re building something too.

    • I have a couple of cool Instagram collaborations coming, so I need to shoot the content.
    • Shut down the hosting accounts I don’t use. I’ve recently purchased another Bluehost hosting account, but I don’t really need it now. I also have a Squarespace site that I need to downgrade. ????
    • I have created 18 before 2018, and I need to get started on those 18 tasks / to do’s.
    • Get started with ClickFunnels. I recently got started with ClickFunnels and I can’t wait to set up my funnels!
    • Work on my Shopify store. It’s live already, I just haven’t launched it officially yet.
    • I wanted to try some Fiverr gigs, like buying a bundle of 20 Pinterest visuals with text that I deliver for just $5. Usually, I created them myself, but I want to experiment more with different designs. I’ve quite an advanced Pinterest strategy already by using Tailwind, but I’d like to try this – even if it’s off brand.
    • Inbox zero. I’m terrible at email, I often don’t check my email for days. Hopefully, I can get through it this week to start next week with a clean sleeve.
    • I’m hosting a Q&A soon, you can still send in questions (via Twitter!)
    • Write a press release. Learn more about my free publicity strategy that gets me in the press for free here.

    And here are some weekly tasks I always schedule in my planning:

    • Schedule Instagram posts + stories (as far as that’s possible!) with Planoly and Later.
    • Schedule my Pinterest pins + campaigns with Tailwind + add new blog posts to Tailwind Tribes (click here to read more about the tribes and how to use them).
    • Keep track of my working hours + income. I use TopTracker to track my hours now that Timely only has a paid version.
    • Send out my weekly newsletter. I use Convertkit for my blog newsletter as Convertkit is specially made for bloggers. I use Infusionsoft and Aweber for my business + press newsletters (different lists) because they demand more complex strategies. I did set up an easily automated PR strategy with Convertkit for new bloggers though – read more about it here.
    • Update / create new courses. I have a couple of online courses that DO demand constant updates + creation. It’s not completely passive as many people think, but it can be when you need a week or so off. I use this platform to publish my online courses for free.
    • Backup my photos / WordPress / iPhone / Computers etc. With this in mind, I’d literally die if I would use everything! I use OneDrive to backup automatically. I can give you a 0.5 GB bonus for free if you sign-up via this link.

    Personal goal list:

    • Travel to Ireland. 
    • Go to the gym 6 times (and/or walk at least 10k steps a day, preferably more). In Oz, I’d walk 20k a day, but of course, I need more time to take 20.000 steps, so I’m ok with 10.000. Since doing so I feel so much healthier, so I can definitely recommend it to everyone. On a busy day filled with appointments and meetings I easily hit 10.000, but on a focused and productive day behind the computer, I only reach (iek!) about 500 steps. So I made getting my steps in a priority.

    Used tools: 

    My week in images (follow me here to see them live + all video vlogs):

    I did a fun tea tasting with Pure Leaf, which just launched! It was really nice, there was a food photography workshop and we had the opportunity to create our own tea blend. Here are some photos:


    What are your plans for the week and which to do’s will help you slay your goals? Let me know via Twitter or Instagram! 

    You might also like to read:

  • Everything You Need to Know Before You Take a Climbing Holiday

    Everything you need to know before you take a climbing holiday

    Holidays are all about taking time out from your job, relaxing and exploring a new place. Climbing is all about taking in the magnificent scenery, pushing your body and feeling the benefits of all that exercise. So why not combine the two and take a climbing holiday? There are all sorts of tour groups and guided holidays you can take that will allow you to go at your own pace and push yourself to greater heights. (more…)

  • income report october 2017 blogger and photographer noni may

    Income report October – how to make money blogging + building an online business

    So, this is new! I started income reports when I first started this blog, but then somewhere along the line I quit. Life got too hectic. And it still is. Life is messy, especially when you travel fulltime most of the time.

    But that’s the exact reason why I need to publish income reports again. To keep track of things, to reflect and to set proper (public) goals.

    When I first started out with taking my blog serious and aiming for five-figure months, I gained a LOT from reading all these income reports. I’m pretty sure this will be one of the most valuable blog posts I’ve ever written for new bloggers, so please read along! 

    What are some of the blog expenses and how do bloggers diversify their blogging income?

    So here we are, here is my income report from October 2017.

    So a couple of years ago I was still freelancing. Right now I’m accepting new freelance writing/photography jobs or blog coaching clients when they come up and I’m in the mood (or have time), but I try to focus on building a business without clients.

    I have been blogging for over 12+ years and I can’t describe how happy I am I do this fulltime now! Best decision I ever made. It took me years, A LOT of time and effort to get where I am today, but hopefully, I can give you some shortcuts, as I’m already living the fulltime blogging lifestyle.

    But to be upfront, I’m foremost an online entrepreneur, and after that a blogger. Building online businesses is my passion, blogging is my ‘hobby gone wrong’ and helping other bloggers is what I do to combine these two passions.

    I may use advanced marketing strategies and programs to build my businesses, as I have a marketing degree and you may not need all the programs I use, but I’m sure they will help you. That’s why I decided to combine my business expenses + blog expenses in this report.

    My biggest takeaways from 12 years blogging and earning five figures:

    Start a blog today

    Most of what I’ve accomplished today comes from blogging. A blog is easy to monetize in a very passive way, so you can easily make some passive income with affiliate marketing or blog sponsors once everything is set up. Then start promoting your blog with PR & Free Publicity to gain followers.

    Did you know that only 11% of all bloggers earn more than $30.000? So you better make sure you’re one of the top 11% bloggers! To be honest, it’s not that difficult, but you have to realize it’s not just blogging.

    See, this blogger makes $50,000 (!) every month in a very passive way. Having multiple income streams is a start. I have collected over 50+ ways bloggers and online entrepreneurs can make money and many of the ways I have used to be able to travel the past three years. 

    If you don’t have a blog yet, start one today. You know why? Don’t do it for the money. Do it to share your passion(s) and who knows what comes from it. The way we blog will change all the time, but having a large ‘resume’ or creative portfolio online is worth a lot! And let me tell you: working with your favorite brands is a reward and awesome on itself!

    Here’s the easiest tutorial on how to start your own blog. The easiest way to monetize your blog if you already have a blog is starting with affiliate marketing. Also read the Ultimate Guide To Blogging.

    Already got a blog?

    If you already have a blog or if you’re not interested in blogging, I suggest you create an online course for free with Teachable. The difference with other ideas to make a living online is that with a blog or an online course you can make (quick-ish) five figures without working harder or more, while if you’re doing survey’s for example, it will take forever and it will be a lot more work that’s less fun. You do the work once and sell your ‘work’ over and over again.

    Create your online course now

    Teaching people things you love and know about is so much fun! I absolutely love all my course students! I wish I’d started sooner with exploring my options to hosting an online course because I walked around with the idea for waaaay too long.

    I didn’t know about Teachable and Udemy yet, so I just didn’t know how to technically create it. Now, you’ve got me. So create your own school on Teachable (or Udemy) for free now!

    Get started with email marketing if you don’t want to create things (but sell!)

    If you’re not a type that creates a lot, I suggest you get into email marketing, everyone can write emails right? Email marketing is a great way to stay in contact with people and building a following (who knows what you come up with later in life!) without creating something now. You can easily monetize your email marketing if you’ve got the right tools. I recommend Convertkit or AWeber to start with your newsletter and check out this post on earning recurring monthly income without a blog.

    But even if you don’t want to get started on monetizing your own side hustle, business or blog, there are more ways to earn money online, so read further…

    Monthly Income October 2017:


    • As you can see, courses were most profitable for me in October. I launched Blogging Wave and Content Empire and couldn’t be happier with the outcome, so many inspiring bloggers that can’t wait to grow their blogs! <3 I used Clickfunnels and Deadline Funnel to boost sales for the first time together, and it really worked well. I also used Facebook ads for the first time (for a blog launch) and I still think it’s not for me, as it’s still quite expensive per lead, but compared to other ways of advertising, it’s affordable. I won’t use it the rest of the year though.
    • I started using Shopify to create my own online store. The store is now online and doing well, considering that I haven’t promoted it yet. ]
    • I followed this Instagram course and really liked it, she has over 1.4 million (!) followers and breaks down everything you need to know about becoming a super successful Instagram influencer. It’s really affordable, and I can recommend it to everyone who wants to learn more about Instagram.

    Monthly Expenses October 2017:

    *as you can see it may look like I use multiple tools for the same things but this is because I either run multiple accounts/or it’s for my second business.

    Also read: the REAL costs of running a blog and business. 

    Income report October of a fulltime blogger. How to Make Money When You Don’t Have A Large Following inclusief checklist

    Blog goals for the last quarter of the year (2017)

    • Of course, it’s easiest to start with a money/stat goal first. Why are these the easiest to come up with? haha. I would like to earn at least $100.000 in the last quarter. ???? working on it
    • Roundup my blog + business strategies for 2018 and write + plan content 2 months ahead so I have more freedom during the week. ????Almost done, I will probably finish this goal in the second week of November.
    • Grow my blog views to 750.000 ???? working on it but not obsessing over it. I practice the LOA and as many of you know, you need to let go first in order before it to happen…
    • Accept more blog coaching clients, press trips and interview requests to grow bigger and ‘leave my bubble’ more. ???? working on it, there will be a couple of cool interviews coming up! And I’ve added back the press page to the menu!
    •  Feel good about working less. I like to work 50+ hours, but I also know daymn good, that my financial success does not require hard work (I actually got that from one of my Law of Attraction cards). It’s the season to spend time with friends and family so I will try to work really hard in October to slow down in November and December. ???? Yeaah I feel really relaxed about my schedule now!

    Monthly goals November 2017:

    • Focus on interviews + promotion. I will accept new affiliates soon for my courses (you can sign-up here, I pay out 50%!) and have a lot of cool interviews planned, and will send out some press releases during the month.
    • Grow my Facebook page. I recently got the page from my previous blog changed into one for this blog. I worked really hard building it, but then I completely neglected it for over a year. Such a waste! But traveling it wasn’t easy keeping up with everything. But these were my followers… my 15k nono’s. The band was broken, no more noni and the nonos… But now I’m back on Facebook! I purchased Facebook Strategies Worth Sharing to work on my Facebook strategies.
    • A lot of things will change in 2018, I will do a blog + life update soon, but I’m in need of a change… stay tuned!
    • Obsess about the stats a little more. Follow the stats is something I often preach, and this month I will take it to extremes.
    • Get all my posts via ‘SEO YOAST’ on green. I’m taking a course right now to update my SEO knowledge, as things are constantly changing and I don’t take SEO that serious that I read about it every day. ???? I continue to work on this goal during November.
    • Join more Tribes on Tailwind.
    • Update old blog posts (read my article + free downloadable checklist here)
    • Focus on promoting my recurring affiliate programs more. I wrote a new blog post about them here. How awesome?
    • Rock Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Stay tuned here, I’ve planned a really cool promotion!

    Actionable steps you can take today to build your five-figure online business

    The one things I love about blogging and creating online courses is that the income difference doesn’t come from how much you create. It’s all about how much you promote. It’s about 80% promoting and 20% creating. I used to work in PR and Communications so I know all about free publicity (heck, you can too if you enroll in my course!) and use a combination of (very awkward) press features + Pinterest to earn more every month.

    I use a combination of Tailwind and Boardbooster to skyrocket my Pinterest activity and have automated my PR strategy by using this tool. (read the full tutorial here).

    I used to struggle for years before I found a good ‘flow’ in earning money online. I had to change the way I look at money and that took a lot of mindset changes and hard work. This course has helped me a lot.

    bAlso, I realized early on that I needed multiple income streams so I got to work. I’m happy to tell you more about it, so head over to my free video training!

    Want to get started yourself with diversifying your income? Head over to 50+ ways to make money online (as a side-hustle), download my free passive income 101 ebooks or read this blog post

    $5k in 21-days

    If you’re interested in changing the way you look towards money as a blogger, freelancer or online entrepreneur, check out my course $5k in 21-days. It’s a 21-day, step by step challenge course to help you earn $5000 in just three weeks, by changing your mindset, strategies and implementing new techniques that will help you make more sales. Enroll today! 

    The only requirement for the course is that you have your own business, as it’s not possible to earn more if have a 9-5 job with a monthly salary.

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    Join me! (for free, online!)

    Recently I launched my newest course Blogging Wave, and I can’t wait to open the doors later again!

    I love adding courses to one of the options people can work with me. They’re fun, they’re challenging, and it’s such a rush to watch the money roll in after you’ve already done the hard work. (more…)