How I manage a small business while living with chronic illness

By Jamie Smith, owner of Jamie’s Notebook As small business owners, we overcome challenges to make our businesses successful. When you also live the life of a “spoonie” (someone with a chronic illness), the number of challenges often seem insurmountable. Today I’m sharing a few tips I’ve learned the hard way about running a small […]

The art of guest blogging

One of my clients, More Than A Review, is a unique book review site that offers advertising services on their website for authors and companies that offer services or products to authors and other avid readers. This worked out pretty well for me recently as I had something I wanted to promote, my new online […]

Do you hear what I hear? A TEDx talk about communication

Anyone who follows my business and this blog knows I enjoy talking about various forms of communication including writing and how we communicate as leaders. Last October, I had the honor of presenting a TEDx talk at TEDxDicksonSt. For my talk, I discussed a different kind of communication, this time between the able-bodied world and […]

Simplifying the Art of Business Blogging available as an online course

I’ve been teaching about various online writing skills for at least six years and for the first time, one of my courses about online writing will be available … you guessed it … online. Simplifying the Art of Business Blogging is now available on my online writing school at I designed Simplifying the Art […]

Introducing the Jamie’s Notebook team

About a year ago, I had a client who would need up to 10 blogs a week and I knew I would need help with that big of a project. Instead of outsourcing to other freelancers, I decided to build a team within Jamie’s Notebook. I researched different ways to accomplish this and realized that […]

4 ways to integrate your company blog into your overall marketing

We’ve all heard that quote by William Davis, “the road to success runs uphill” but in the case of promoting a business of any size, it does not have to be. Yes, it’s hard work, but careful and strategic planning makes the small business marketing process much easier, efficient and affordable. The key to any […]

Jamie’s Notebook joining with NTI Business & Industry for classes (press release)

New courses at NTI Business & Industry to address website, corporate blogging needs NTI partnering with NWA-based writing services company Jamie’s Notebook   SPRINGDALE, Ark.—Two new classes being offered in July at the Northwest Arkansas Technical Institute Business & Industry in Springdale will address a different kind of skill from their usual small business-oriented offerings. […]

Do you have an effective author website?

I was honored recently to guest post over at, which owned and operated by my friend Donna Feyen. She is also one of my clients as I help her with her newsletters. In this sponsored post, I talked about what makes an effective author website. It used to be that authors could rely entirely […]

How online writing differs from traditional print (and how it’s the same)

I think the first time I knew I wanted to write for a living was sometime around second grade, which for me was in the early to mid-1980s. If you would have told me then that instead of writing for newspapers and other printed materials that I would be writing on something called “the internet,” […]

Press release: Jump start your business blog with this free webinar

For Immediate Release June 6, 2017 Free webinar to help jump start your business blog Understand the “why” of business blogging, how to get started   Companies and non-profit organizations that might be on the fence about whether or not to start a blog can get their answers during an upcoming free webinar called Why […]