Traveling in South Dakota | The Highlights and the Things I would do Differently

My heart is still in the Badlands of South Dakota. Sounds a little corny, I know-but that National Park is forever embedded in my mind as one of the most serene and peaceful places I have ever been. To reach this majestic destination was it was an awesome trip, but a loooonnnngggg drive. Eleven hours from… Continue Reading Traveling in South Dakota | The Highlights and the Things I would do Differently

MKB Read Around the World Summer Reading Series review of Moving Target

For the very first time I am participating in the MKB Read Around the World Summer Reading Series! The multicultural location I have chosen to visit is Rome and the book I am reviewing is an awesome middle-reader book called Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Scholastic Press). Read around the world this summer with great books recommended by the… Continue Reading MKB Read Around the World Summer Reading Series review of Moving Target

Need Summer Reading Ideas for kids? Check out the #DiverseKidLit Linky!

Our theme for this #DiverseKidLit is books featuring multiethnic families and/or biracial main characters. Sometimes a focus on diversity can feel like forcing people into boxes. Let’s celebrate the diversity that can be found within a single person or household! (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.) What Is… Continue Reading Need Summer Reading Ideas for kids? Check out the #DiverseKidLit Linky!

FREElance FREEdom Success Resource eBook



MOMS…are you looking for ways to earn extra income, without losing your flexibility, while the kids are either in school or out of school in the summer?

I have the answer {and it’s not as hard as you think!}

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BUT FIRST…please know that my goal in becoming an “expert” on the topic of working from home successfully (re: emotional and financial success) isn’t to come across as a giant smartypants. I am still a work in progress, but five+ years into this amazing freelance/work-from-home-full-time adventure I think I have a pretty good handle on what to do and what not to do!

I’ve pretty much made all the self-employment mistakes possible and will share my lessons with you in the pages of this ebook so you don’t have to make the same ones! 🙂

My goal is to help women just like me discover that there IS “life beyond the cubicle.” I want to educate newbie and veteran mompreneurs (in my fun and quirky style) that working from the comfort of home and supporting a family is totally attainable.

Life Beyond the Cubicle is Very Possible!
Life Beyond the Cubicle is Very Possible!

The following information about FREElance FREEdom is not “the fluff” of working from home. It is real life, I’ve-been-there-done-that-no-B.S. details that share the tips, secrets, best practices, processes and resources that peel back the curtains and share the honest facts about being self-employed and a business owner.

Working from home is not all butterflies and unicorns, but it IS completely worth it.


As a former “9 to 5er” I know the struggles and frustration of working to make a living, but feeling like you’ve forgotten to make a life. Though not easy, there is a another way to make money to support your family, yet enjoy the sweetness that life has to offer.

In FREElance FREEdom, we will being sharing tips, tactics, secrets and strategies on how to become a freelancer and live the life you deserve. Freelancers can be anything from accountants and marketing pros to writers and virtual assistants.The opportunities for becoming a freelancer are endless.

The key here is the word “FREE.”  By becoming an independent contractor (Freelancer) you have the ability to shift and adjust your work load and working hours around that thing called LIFE. And still earn an honest income.

This robust 85+ page downloadable e-book and resource guide is the motherlode of awesome information about working from home (on your own terms) all rolled into a handy read-at-your-own pace guidebook.

Whether you are looking to pursue a career as a freelance writer, virtual assistant, graphic designer (and more) this Resource Guide will provide the insight, tools, guides, advice and strategies that can apply to any freelance business. If you want the very basics of getting started without the benefit of support and coaching, this eBook is for you.

Introducing FREElance FREEdom: Your Guide to Making the Leap to Being a Work at Home Professional!

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I SWEAR this ebook is NOT about doing corny online surveys or selling your valuable content for “$2.00 per 800 words.”

THAT kind of income is not realistic, sustainable or steady.

Real income opportunities exist for those with skills like writing, admin, graphic design and social media. Some where there is someone willing to PAY you for the knowledge you have in your brain. 


What IS in this ebook is juicy, accurate and uber useful resources and ninja tips like:

  • How to create your work-from-home business
  • How to determine your skillset
  • Where to find work
  • Tips & Secrets for Working from Home
  • Matching up your Skills to Freelance Opportunities
  • Effective Ways to Monitor Your Income
  • What You Need to Work from Home – A Checklist
  • The WAH (Work at Home) Formula
  • How to Prospecting on the Bidding Site
  • What Tools & Services will be Best for Your Biz
  • Sample templates like a Virtual Assistant Contract and other tools
  • Links to the thought leaders and teachers you need to know
  • Reading suggestions to take your FREElance FREEdom biz to the next level.

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Curious about me? Well, I left the corporate work life several years ago to work full-time (from home and on my own terms)  as a virtual assistant, writer, and blogger. As a freelance writer who writes for woman’s magazine like HERLIFE Magazine Central Valley,CA, Lakes Area Living Magazine, North Dakota’s Area Women Magazine and HerVoice and Lake Country Journal.  I also do project manager/VA work for major events like Multicultural Children’s Book Day am now the COO of a delightful small press children’s book publishing house called Audrey Press.

Dats me 🙂


FYI, 100% of my income comes from my skills and knowledge of working from home as a freelancer and service provider. And YES, I AM the bread winner of our family (and there are no plans to starve to live under a bridge anytime soon 😉



Resource packet – invaluable! Especially the tax and income worksheets. – Jenny

 Information was great! Ready for ebook number two! – Lynette

I found what I was looking for! Can’t wait to start. – Mary Jane

I feel like I can finally get started exploring freelancing part-time and eventually full-time. Lots of good info! -Lisa

 I was so grateful to know and see the multitude of site to go to and find work – and administrative focused. As a VA starting out, this was one aspect I was a very concerned about figuring out. Thank you! – Tessa


SO….Whether you are looking to pursue a career as a freelance writer, virtual assistant, graphic designer (and more) this Resource Guide will provide the insight, tools, guides, advice and strategies that can apply to any freelance business.

If you want to explore money-making options to enhance, or replace, the income you already have coming in… this eBook is for you.

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What you can expect inside this ebook that is chocked full of Tips & Secrets for Working from Home and Discovering Life Beyond the Cubicle!

  • How it all Began
  • Let’s Talk About Working from Home
  • Time Management: Working From Home Doesn’t Mean Working All The Time
  • The Importance of Balance (from Moms in the Trenches)
  • Steps to Take Before You Make the Leap
  • Your Skillet Set Toolbox (The Things That Make YOU, uniquely YOU)
  • Freelance Opportunities Are Everywhere!
  • Motivated by Money
  • The Dos and Don’ts for Freelancers
  • The WAH (Work At Home) Formula
  • Where to Find Clients
  • Making a Steady Income from Home
  • Writing for Magazines and Publications
  • Freelancers Are Business Owners
  • Writing Tips for Online Writing
  • Tools and Services
  • Virtual Assistant /Freelancer Terminology
  • Recommended Reading, Education Resources, Conferences and Top Influencers.

BTW, I am not flying solo on this! My Smart Friend and Super Freelance Guru Kathleen Krueger has  supplied her vast knowledge of the “ins-and-outs” of working as an independent contractor and small business owner within these pages as well. She’s the bookkeeping and organization mind in this duo and together we are committed to helping others become a freelancer and  demostrating that there IS life beyond the cubicle.

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I know you’ve heard this a million times before; but this really is an investment in your future. You wouldn’t hesitate to spend $10 on your family, right? Why do moms always need to come on second? They don’t! This is an easey-peasey-lemon-squeezey way to get the info and resources you need to make income, on your terms, while still preserving precious family time. Do this for YOU. This is YOUR year!

Consulting and Coaching


Do you have a budding business that you could use some help on?

Do you want to fine-tune your social media and or are interested in creating a blog for your business?

Do you have a business idea rattling around in your help and could just use some helpful advice on how to get it off the ground.

Are you a seasoned business pro looking for a fresh perspective?

I am not as sage and wise as Yoda, but I know a lot of things about a lot of things! Some of the most rewarding work I do involves helping entrepreneurs just like you get the traction, clarity and confidence they need to make their aspirations a reality.

Sometimes just having someone to brainstorm with, someone who can offer a fresh perspective or verbal guidance is exactly what entrepreneurs need to get “unstuck” on a project or even get the gentle nudge they need to move forward in their business.

That’s why I am now offering my Pick My Brain services (also known as Consulting!). I have over 30 years worth of thoughts, intuitions, and experiences in the small business, and over eight years’ experience in blogging, writing and business ownership rolling around in my head. I spend a TON of time reading, learning, taking courses, trying new online tools and coaching business folks — and I’m ready to share all of that knowledge with you; knowledge that will be specific to your situation, goals, personality, and business.

If you need help with blogging, marketing, social media, project management, book launches, goal-setting, time management or getting a business idea off the ground, I am confident that I can help guide you and get the ball rolling in the right direction!

Here’s what you need to know about my Pick Your Brain Consulting sessions:

  • YOU will need to do some work beforehand. If at all possible, send me a brief summary as to what your project/plan/venture/conundrum is via email after checkout. I only ask this to save time. It would be a bummer if we needed to spend 1/2 of your consulting session trying to clearly identify what it was that you wanted to do.
  • YOU can expect to have my fill attention during our phone chat. If you chose to purchase a two-hour block, it will be all about YOU during those two hours.
  • Pick Your Brain SESSIONS LAST no more than one hour (you do have the option to book a session of 2 hours) and you will be shocked how fast this time flies by. During our meeting/consult we will work to identify many things including resources, options and next steps needed for your business and project. I will even create a down-n-dirty To Do List for you based on our meeting so you can be sure to implement new ideas and processes ASAP.
  • SCHEDULING Pick Your Brain Consulting needs to occur Monday-Friday and between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 Central. These are via phone consults.  If onsite one-on-one time is needed, an upcharge of $25 will be added to the session rate. Appointments for late afternoon or early evening are possible, but need to be clarified with me ahead of time.
  • FEE: Each Pick Your Brain one hour long session is an uber affordable $50– a wise investment in your business success. Click the link below to lock in your time and I will then reach out to you to select a date and time to meet. Click the link below to get started.

Yes, I want to Pick Your Brain for an Hour!

I look forward to helping you reach your dreams and goals this year!

 Not sure if this is for you? Contact me HERE to ask questions or clarify needs.

Hire Me/Freelance PORTFOLIO


If you are in need of a writer or blogger for your business, you’ve come to the right place.

If you are a children’s book author who needs some traction and visibility for your book(s), you’ve come to the right place 🙂

I am a full-time freelance writer, virtual assistant and project manager for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. As a writer, I have expertise in writing About Pages, Bios, magazine articles and business profiles. I am proud of my ability to write in a fun, fresh and conversational way.  Content creation is my strongest skillset and I would like to help you with yours. Creating informative content, in a conversational tone that keeps readers engaged, interested and coming back for more, is my main focus for my clients.

I am also a fan of social media and spend countless hours on ongoing education to stay in step with the many changes on social media. Part of my virtual assistant services includes Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Twitter account management for clients.

As project manager for Multicultural Children’s Book Day, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to connect with hundreds of reviewers, bloggers, moms, authors, publishers, teachers, librarians and organizations who all share my love of shining the spotlight on children’s literacy. Learn more about MCBD, their mission and their exceptional successes.

To get to know me a little better, visit my About Page.

Email me for rates and timelines with your content needs. I look forward to working with you!

Email: RebeccaFlansburg (at) Gmail (dot) com



Accountability Coaching

Stuck on how to move forward with your business, blog, book launch or even personal goals. If encouragement, accountability clarity and even a gentle virtual kick-in-the-pants is what you need to get past “stuck,” I’d love to help.  Coaching blocks are sold in 4 hour increments (4 hours=$160), is done via phone or Skype and clients have 60 days to use up their four hours.


30 Day Author Support Services

author support services

I will create and promote the following-

  1. A Blog Post – A children’s book or chapter book (under 125 pages) review and Giveaway on NOTE: Providing a giveaway is the fastest way to engage an audience in your message.
  2. A book review or Q&A blog post (author’s choice) written by me (500 word max). Author will be responsible for sending marketing materials and book cover images via email.
  3. A giveaway of the book(s) via Rafflecopter. Author will be responsible for mailing the winner their copy.
  4. A custom graphic (created by me) of the review, giveaway and activity that will make it even more shareable on social media.
  5. Use of my vibrant social media channels to promote the blog post and giveaway, along with book details and author info, over the course of 30 days. Promotion begins on the first weekday after payment is completed.
  6. Reviews: I will leave an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads.
  7. Social Media Blasts 
  • 3 posts on Facebook(included $5 boost on 2 posts) on Franticmommy’s Facebook Page (2400+ Likers) that will also be shared to my profile page (850+ friends)
  • 8 posts on Twitter on my @RebeccFlansburg account (6100+ followers)
  • 3 posts on Instagram under Franticmommy (1350+ followers).
  • 2 posts on Pinterest (one pin to Book Love (2400 followers) and one on Best Books for Kids Group Board (39K followers)
  • Posts will also be shared one time on: Google+,Linkedin and on Blogging Community Link Ups like Crafty Moms Share Sharing Saturday ,SITS Bloggers, and Bloggers Pit Stop.

Campaign will begin two business days after payment is made.

Cost $175.00

Check out current Author Support Projects:

The Big Adventures of Tiny House by Susan Bernardo

The Big Adventures of Tiny House

Need an About Page/Bio for your business? You are in luck!

This service is your chance to use my writing expertise to effectively tell your story and shine the spotlight on your business talents. As a freelance writer, I specialize in people and business spotlight stories so I have this down to a fine science!

With this bundle you will get:

  • A 20 minute (max) phone interview with me so I can learn your vision and expectations for this project. It also give me a chance to discover the “nuggets of gold” about your business and life.
  • A 500-600 word (max) Master Bio that can be used as About Pages, LinkedIn Summaries, Marketing pieces and website information. (you will be able to work with me to fine-tune this piece as well-2 rewrites max).
  • A “mini” bio of 100 words that can be used for speaking events, networking events and a piece to use when you need a short bio for guest posts or publications.
  • only $159.00 (click HERE to get the ball rolling or select the “add to cart” button below)

  • Web content
  • Blog posts
  • Autoresponders
  • People and Business profile stories
  • Magazine article writing
  • Ghostwriting
  • Bios and About Pages
  • Landing Pages
  • Newsletter content creation

My Writing Experience

I am a full-time Virtual Assistant in the field of writing, blogging and content creation. I am a feature writer for several local magazines, several blogs and several regional magazines as well. I am also currently the Content Manager for Brainerd Lakes Living Magazine; a monthly magazine centered around the Brainerd Lakes Area and surrounding communities.

I have written on topics ranging from home and family to business and social media for both blogs and magazines. Writing for these blogs and publications has given me the skills and a full understanding of how to make a story flow, along with correct grammar and spelling.

As a freelance writer, I have been writing for over 15 years and full-time for over four. My specialty is people or business profile stories though I have experience writing about many topics.

I am also proud of my fun, fresh and conversational writing style that I believe keeps  readers engaged, interested and coming back for more.

Need help with content for a blog or website? Articles created based on interviews of businesses or thought leaders? Need to freshen up your bio or About Page? You’ve come to the right place and I am happy to assist you with your content creation need. Connect with me at Rebecca (at) Franticmommy (dot) com for more details or to discuss your project.

Just a few of my 2015-2016 Published Clips

I’m a Huffington Post Contributor!

I'm a Huffington Post Contributor!

Forget Setting Goals-Focus on Your End Game


Magazine Work

Business Spotlight-Dameron Hospital

Dameron Hospital

Cover Girl feature-Heather Panella

Cover Girl feature-Heather Panella
Cover Girl feature-Heather Panella

Business Spotlight-Classic Design Floor to Ceiling

classic design floor to ceiling 2016

General Article-Summer Jobs for Teens

summer jobs for teens 2016

General Article-Discovering Dinosaurs

dino mite 2016

Lake Country Journal Spring 2016-Adult Coloring Craze

Spring 2016 LCJ

My Re-occuring “ISO” Column in Her Voice Magazine

hervoicespring iso


Just a few of my Published clips 2015

Dr. Jennifer McNeil

Nancy Elium Shawnancy shaw1

Dr Joe Zeiter

Sarah Kay HoffmanSarah Kay Hoffman

Cover Girls Sarah Kay Hoffman of a Loving Spoon

A Journey to Motherhood: Heather Maurin’s Story

infertility journey

HERLIFE Centra Valley, CA Cover Story Profile Sharon Filemeno Baker


KCRA’s Weather Darling: Tamara Berg

KCRA weather

Pam Shelton: A Matter of The Heart

Pam Shelton

Nina Hajain: behind the music

nina hajain

The Butler’s Pantry/Jamie Butler

Jamie Butler

HERLIFE Magazine-Sacramento

Ginger Hahn

HERLIFE Magazine

HERLIFE Magazine Sacramento Cover Girl story of Emmy award winning TV News Anchor Edie Lambert:


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As the Business Spotlight writer for HERLIFE Magazine Central Valley, I am the pleasure of creating 3–4 business spotlight-type articles per month. It is work I truly enjoy doing.



Business Spotlight, August of 2014-Doctors Hospital of Manteca’s Labor and Delivery Department

Doctors Hospital of Manteca

Business Spotlight (August of 2015) Mocse Credit Union

Mocse Credit Union

Business Spotlight (June issue) Design Galleria

Design Galleria

Behind The Menu-DeVega Brothers Resturante

DeVega Brothers

Business Spotlight-University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in California

Universit Plaza

The Perfect Pear

Perfect Pear

Article Consign

HERLIFE Sacramento

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I also write articles for several local Magazines.


Brainerd School Magazine-Using QR Codes to Teach Math


HerVoice Magazine-If I Kiss You, Will I Get Diabetes?

Quinn Nystrom

Her Voice Magazine (Summer Issue-2015) Multicultural Books for Girls

multicultural books for girls

Her Voice Magazine (Spring 2015) The Art of Living Tiny (Tiny Houses)

Beth Ann Norrgard

Area Women Magazine Girlfriend Getaway Fun in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

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I am always looking for places to write “General Interest” type stories about a wide range of topics including family, kids, saving money making money, children’s literature, pet care, tech and lifestyle improvements.


HERLIFE Magazine Franchise Article:

Caring for Your Aging Pet – HERLIFE Magazine

caring for aging pets

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I am currently the Content Manager for Brainerd Lakes Living Magazine: a magazine that focuses on the Brainerd Lakes Area and surrounding communities (Minnesota).


 Brainerd Lakes Living Magazine

Brainerd Lakes Living MagazineBrainerd Lakes Living Magazine


When The Zombie Apocalypse Hits, Will Your Business be Ready? (At The Work at Home Woman)

On Being a Virtual Assistant (Work at Home Woman)


When The Zombie Apocalypse Hits, Will Your Business be Ready

Need some article or content creation work done? I’d love to help. Email me for rates and timelines with your content needs. I look forward to working with you!

Email: RebeccaFlansburg (at) Gmail (dot) com

Other Articles

HERLIFE Magazine Sacramento Mercy Cancer Institute’s Yoga for Cancer Survivors Spotlight article.

Simplifying Christmas-My Murrieta Magazine

Erogonomics and the Work at Home Mom.

Frantic Mommy: Professional Virtual Assistant

tips for being an Awesome Mom without losing yourself

If you are in need of some writing, blogging and content creation work, I’d love to help. Please contact me so we can discuss your individual needs.

Feel free to contact me at Rebecca{at}Franticmommy(dot)com


Advanced Boost Up Coaching $129.00

This coaching package is for those bloggers who need more than a critique. This package (4 hour max):

  • Blog & Social Media account and strategy advice (Facebook Pinterest and Twitter only)
  • Content coaching: Evaluation of current blog posts and ideas for content topics for the future.
  • Plugin recommendations ( only).
  • How do I get Readers? I will offer ideas and tactics on how to let your readers know you exist and spread the word about your blog goodness.
  • Monetization: There are many ways to make money with your blog. I will share the options that have worked best for me.
  • This information will be delivered to you via email in the form of an in-depth report and recap of my suggestions and include a45-60 minute Skype consultation to clarify questions and thoughts.
  • Graphics: Need help with including images on your blog? Not only will I share my sources to get royalty-free images, I will include a copy of my Creating Shareable Images with Picmonkey PDF tutorial guide to you free of charge (a $4 value)
  • A copy of Nicole Dean’s Blogging Brainstorming cheat sheet to help you create blog post ideas quickly and effectively.
  • A free copy of my Blogging Tips & Topics for the Casual or Serious Blogger report to get you on your blogging path.
  • A free copy of The Secret To Making Money With Your Blog-Polling the Experts report.

**Note: This package does not include any re-designing of your blog or implementation of my suggestions. The Boost Up Your Blog Coaching packages covers my time, advice, options, resources and tactics to help make your blog ROCK. This evaluation and guidance will occur over a one week period and will not exceed two hours of my time.

When you sign up for my Boost Up Your Blog Coaching Package you will be redirected to a Google sign-up for so I can gather your details, links and needs. I look forward to working with you!

YES! I want/need the Advanced Boost Up Your Blog Coaching Session for $129!