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Ten Holiday Contests Worth Entering

Tis the season for holiday giveaways, contests, and sweepstakes. And yes, you can take advantage of these promotions and score some great prizes like smartphones, iPads, airline tickets, and even cash. Deadlines are quickly approaching on these, so enter today. You might win yourself an unexpected holiday present that can help your business in the new year.AT&T Mobile Gift Pack Giveaway Sweepstakes…See More
Dec 16, 2010
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You May be Mobile, but Why Are You Rude?

Since my recent rant about the unfriendly PTA mom with the cell phone who couldn’t squeak out a “hello” on a busy school morning, I was thrilled to see that the principal of my son’s elementary school had written a very nice article for the school’s newsletter about taking the time to be kind and courteous to those around us. No, I seriously doubt she read my blog. Rather, I think that this problem of people being “too busy” to be polite is so prevalent now that perhaps we’re starting to see…See More
Nov 6, 2010
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Friends Don't Let Friends Play Psychoanalyst

I’m slowly learning a life lesson that I had to figure out the hard way. If you are a sympathetic or sensitive person, please keep reading. Perhaps, I can save you some grief, too.I have a tendency to want to help people and fix their problems. I’ve done this my whole life. I’m a professional “fixer” who naturally pulls from her resources and comes up with solutions. Being a problem-solver is great for business.…See More
Aug 24, 2010
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Groupon - Where Technology Meets Thriftiness

I love coupons and searching for bargains. I inherited this trait from my mom who always taught us to head right to the clearance rack in every store we entered. I still do this.While bargain shopping is an age old family tradition, it has now truly entered the age of technology. And, the possibilities for savings are expanding as fast as venture capitalists arefunneling money into sharp-thinking startups focused on combining Web 2.0 with shopping.First, we got online shopping with discount…See More
Aug 19, 2010
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I'm Moving on Up to a Real Office!

Just like the Jeffersons who moved to their deluxe apartment in the sky, I am moving my little business on up to new digs officially August 1st.This was a long time coming. For over five years, I have run my micro-business on the dining room table, in the family room, and in three bedrooms. Currently, my desk is literally in the master bathroom. I’ve dodged flushing toilets, screaming kids, and meowing cats so that clients wouldn’t hear them on the…See More
Jul 28, 2010
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Scrappiness - An Essential Trait for Small Business Owners

Yesterday, I was chatting with Mom about my business as I do several times a week. I was describing my new customers, and how I went about getting them. After hearing me out, she responded,…See More
Jul 17, 2010
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Telecommuting Isn't a Good Idea for Everyone!

I’ve been working from home for the greater part of a decade, and it works for me. But, being home enables me to focus on my two boys. And, I have a great circle of friends and colleagues to shoot the breeze with when I start to feel isolated. Working from home is ideal for me, but I’m starting to think I’m not in the majority. More and more, I’m hearing from others that telecommuting wasn’t quite the dream opportunity that they thought…See More
Jun 26, 2010
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Doing What You Love vs. Making More Money - Hmmm?

In the last three weeks, I’ve had the same basic conversation with three different people. It must be a sign of the times. All three were debating whether or not they should change courses in their careers and move onto something else that wasn’t as interesting but paid more money. In all three of these cases, these individuals had years of experience in their fields and a high degree of talent that complemented their personalities.As a perpetual optimist, I told them that they should stick to…See More
May 23, 2010
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The Temptation of Returning to Full-Time Employment

If you know me at all, you’ve heard me sing the praises of self-employment – the freedom from sitting in a dreary office for nine hours a day, the lack of necessity to buy a work wardrobe, and the ability to call the shots so to speak each and every day. It’s great stuff, no doubt.However, I’m perpetually being tempted to return to the legions of responsibly employed grown-ups. This self-proclaimed free bird (get out your lighters Lynyrd Skynyrd fans) gets swayed towards looking at jobs on…See More
May 20, 2010
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Why Moms Make Great Business Owners

Did you know that there are over 10 million privately-held, women-owned businesses in the United States? These enterprises employ more than 20 million people and generate over $2 trillion in sales every year. Women-owned businesses account for nearly 30 percent of all businesses in the country, and the majority of startups are, yep you guessed it, started by women. Of course, many of these women are mothers.No, I don’t think that it is any coincidence that so many mothers also become business…See More
May 8, 2010
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I Get Nauseated Watching Commercials for Drugs That Treat Nausea

Last night, I had just climbed into bed to watch one of my favorite shows “Housewives of New York” on Bravo when I was accosted by the most disgusting commercial. Perhaps you’ve seen it. It’s for Zegerid OTC, some type of indigestion/heartburn medication. In 30 seconds, a man repeatedly paints his stomach with a variety of pictures. Am I the only one…See More
Apr 23, 2010
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Public Relations Lessons from Kate Gosselin

Last night, poor, poor Kate Gosselin was booted off of Dancing with the Stars. Thank God! She had been hoofing around the dance floor for weeks, and I think every viewer believed she needed to be taken out of her misery. So long Kate! We’ll miss your fake bouffant piled high on your head and your chiffon gowns that looked like they had previously been worn by Shelly Winters in The Poseidon Adventure. I cant’ say that I…See More
Apr 21, 2010
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Yo Quiero Taco Bell in Mumbai - Finally, Yum Brands Introduces First Taco Bell in India

I’m not ashamed to admit that I enjoy cruising through the Taco Bell drive-through every so often to get a couple of bean burritos. Usually, it’s when I’ve become over-hungry and can’t be bothered to eat something healthy at home “Two bean burritos and a large Dr. Pepper, please.” Then, I sit in the parking lot of the strip mall where my local “Bell” is located, crank up my radio, and woof them down before anyone sees me. Ok, so that’s not a pretty picture. Anyway….Earlier this month, Yum…See More
Mar 30, 2010
Robin Tramble commented on Julie Trade Levitch's blog post 15 Free Press Release Distribution Sites for PR on the Cheap
"Hello Julie, Thank you for this list of resources. There were a few I wasn't aware of. The use of free press release sites can be very beneficial, however, I know it's been said that you want to limit your use. Can you speak into that?…"
Mar 28, 2010
Julie Trade Levitch posted a blog post

15 Free Press Release Distribution Sites for PR on the Cheap

I write press releases every week for clients and friends. Of course, the most effective way to get some good media coverage is to reach out directly to editors, journalists, bloggers, and producers. However, free press release distribution sites can be really helpful for getting your news published and improving your site’s search engine ranking.Yes, there are many services that you can pay for, and they can be helpful when you’ve got big news and deep pockets. But, it’s always worth posting…See More
Mar 28, 2010
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Mar 19, 2010

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What is your blog link?
http://theentrepreneurialmom.wordpress.com/
What is your Twitter URL?
http://twitter.com/sourdoughJulie
A little about yourself...
Hi! I’m Julie. I’m a busy wife, mom, and a small business owner. Although, I had basically been in marketing and public relations since college, I decided to be a stay-at-home mom when “Rex” arrived. He certainly kept me busy, and a couple of years later Judd decided to make his way into the world, too.

With two young boys, my plan was to focus on being a mom until they reached kindergarten. Well, life sometimes throws you some curveballs.

My husband was laid off when Judd was just over one month old. It was unexpected, and we lost not only his salary but also our health insurance benefits. To remain on my husband’s insurance plan through COBRA meant us paying over $900 a month. Not so easy when you don’t have an income!

Within several weeks of his layoff, little Judd developed what seemed to initially be a cold. It wasn’t. It was RSV, a serious respiratory virus that can be extremely dangerous for newborns. He developed pneumonia and suffered a collapsed lung. He was in the hospital for a week.

Fortunately, he recovered completely, but we incurred over $10,000 in medical bills. This was the defining moment for me and my business. Although, I sometimes did project work here and there for extra cash, we now needed a full-time income until my husband could transition into another job. I made it my mission to not let our circumstances get the better of us.

I decided to start my own marketing and public relations business and utilized the skills that I had acquired before becoming a mom.

Guess what? It worked. Within a few months, I had grown my business enough that I was supporting my family. I worked in the wee hours of the morning before my boys woke up and during the afternoons when they napped. I developed new skills, networked, and tried to find any and all new opportunities that would help me grow my business.

It has been a few years since that fateful day my husband came home with the contents of his office in a cardboard box. He did find a new job (actually one where he gets to work from home). And, I continue to be a mom and a business owner. I wouldn’t trade what happened to me for the world. It certainly was a scary and at times overwhelming situation, but it also was the motivating factor in starting a rewarding business where I get to help others succeed.

Oh, and the boys are doing great. Rex just started kindergarten and Judd is a healthy and happy two year old who is still home everyday with Mom and Dad.
What kinds of things do you typically Tweet about?
Freelancing, Stay-at-home moms, business, marketing, public relations, news
What are your areas of interest?
mommyhood, business, blogging, social media, twitter, work-at-home, politics, green living, travel, fashion and beauty, wine

Julie Trade Levitch's Blog

Ten Holiday Contests Worth Entering

Tis the season for holiday giveaways, contests, and sweepstakes. And yes, you can take advantage of these promotions and score some great prizes like smartphones, iPads, airline tickets, and even cash. Deadlines are quickly approaching on these, so enter today. You might win yourself an unexpected holiday present that can help your business in the new year.

AT&T Mobile Gift Pack Giveaway Sweepstakes…

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Posted on December 16, 2010 at 8:09am

You May be Mobile, but Why Are You Rude?

Since my recent rant about the unfriendly PTA mom with the cell phone who couldn’t squeak out a “hello” on a busy school morning, I was thrilled to see that the principal of my son’s elementary school had written a very nice article for the school’s newsletter about taking the time to be kind and courteous to those around us. No, I seriously doubt she read my blog. Rather, I think that this problem of people being “too busy” to be polite is so prevalent now that perhaps… Continue

Posted on November 6, 2010 at 6:46am

Friends Don't Let Friends Play Psychoanalyst



I’m slowly learning a life lesson that I had to figure out the hard way. If you are a sympathetic or sensitive person, please keep reading. Perhaps, I can save you some grief, too.

I have a tendency to want to help people and fix their problems. I’ve done this my whole life. I’m a professional “fixer” who naturally pulls…

Continue

Posted on August 24, 2010 at 6:30am

Groupon - Where Technology Meets Thriftiness

I love coupons and searching for bargains. I inherited this trait from my mom who always taught us to head right to the clearance rack in every store we entered. I still do this.



While bargain shopping is an age old…

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Posted on August 19, 2010 at 6:38am

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At 4:21pm on April 1, 2010, Di Viola said…
Hi Julie,

Swing by my website and enjoy the funny side of being a woman. "Southern Ladies Business" is a tri-weekly humor blog about motherhood, men, aging and life in America. Feel free to browse, "Past Blogs." Some of my favorite ones are posted there.
http://southernladiesbusiness.com/
At 10:04am on February 1, 2010, Megan Calhoun said…
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