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  • As a mom and a business owner, artist Neena Buxani (@neenasart) has had to come to terms with the fact that she can't do #allthethings, even if she wants to. "It's all about balance." Neena says, "When you find yourself going too much in one direction, check back with yourself." What advice would you give a mom who is starting or wants to start a business?
  • Artist Neena Buxani (@neenasart) may have only been painting five years professionally, but she has been creating art for practically her entire life. Neena's work is largely inspired by growing up around gems and jewelry: her parents owned a jewelry store and Neena’s a certified gemologist. 💎

Fast forward to today, Neena successfully showcases and sells her art through her website, powered by Bluehost + WordPress. Neena found her Perfect Place to Create, now it's your turn.

She says: “It feels amazing to be living my dream. I remember writing something down when I was little to the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I wrote: “I wanna be a professional artist. It’s something I always wanted to do and I’m very fortunate to do that today.” Swipe ⬅️ to see some of her work and go to neenabuxani.com to learn more.
  • Sasha Juliard (@sashajuliard) started @tukwatches when his experience as a business owner and his world travels cumulated. He saw an opportunity to tackle a problem that 844 million people experience: no access to clean drinking water.

TUK’s mission is to help solve this problem by donating a water filtration system to school classrooms or families in Cambodia for every watch sold. We are proud to have @tukwatches and @sashajuliard as customers who are helping to change the world. To learn more about TUK and to purchase a watch, go to tukwatches.com.

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Must Haves in A Writer’s Portfolio

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Published Writing

As said before, you must have done a lot of writing. However, in your portfolio, you must include published writing as well. Published means that it is recognized by a credible publisher, such as a newspaper, magazine, or well-known website. You’ll need a fair amount of these when you apply to a content writing job, because it reflects that you can write content that is intended for a large audience.

Go for writing competitions and review submissions for an easy publishing. Small newspapers, magazines, and niche websites are usually pretty easy to get through. Make sure you provide a copy inside your portfolio, but not the original piece. Keep the original piece safe for your own memoirs.

Blog Writing

The digital era is here, which means that your writing has got to be there too. A lot of companies are going to ask for samples of your writing via link, which means that you’re gonna have to own a blog. You can easily create a blog using the best WordPress hosting services and customize it to your own liking. Make sure that the blog article that you present in your portfolio has a moderate to high amount of traffic, to show recruiters that your writing gains a lot of attention from the audience. You should also provide the link in addition to the screen capture of your blog post.

Social Media Writing

What we mean by social media writing are simply the captions you use or the copywriting you place on your posts. If it gained a lot of likes and comments, then it’s worth showing. In addition to being able to attract and engage audience through concise writing, you will also show recruiters that your photo content is popular. You can boast that you have photography skills if, for example, one of your Instagram picture posts with your own poem as the caption invites a lot of people to like and comment. You can also screen capture Tweets that became viral or Facebook posts that is shared many times.