Melanie Rembrandt

Since our initial launch date, Melanie Rembrandt has been an integral part of the StartupNation team.

As the founder of Rembrandt Communications®, LLC,, Melanie is one of the country's top, public-relations consultants, an SEO copywriter and a published writer with over 20 years of extensive experience and an excellent track-record for success.

She specializes in helping entrepreneurs get the attention and credibility they need via targeted public-relations and SEO copywriting efforts (including Web site copy that sells, newsletters, eReports, social media, blogs, SEO press releases, e-mail auto responders, direct marketing, and more!).

Melanie offers tips and insights via her blogs and monthly newsletter, "Rembrandt Writes Insights®." And she provides in-depth training presentations to various businesses and organizations nationwide.

Melanie is also the author of "Secrets of Becoming a Publicist," published by American Writers & Artists, Inc., "Simple Publicity," published by 1WinPress, StartupNation's "7 Steps to Successful Public Relations," and the host of the SmallBiz America Radio Channel, "PR and SEO Quick Tips with Melanie Rembrandt."

A magna cum laude graduate of the prestigious UCLA School of Theater,Film and Television, Melanie is the official small-business PR expert for StartupNation and Pink Magazine Online. She’s open to your questions, comments and suggestions at and @rembrandtwrites on Twitter.

And you can also sign-up to receive her e-newsletter and reports packed with great information at:

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For the last few weeks, it seems like there has been nothing but bad news. All of the radio and television reporters blast the latest unemployment stats, stock market dips and unrest in the world.

It’s enough to turn you into a Scrooge this holiday season or make you cower in a corner with a box of tissues! Well, not me. I’m going to take action. How about you?


Instead of listening to the dismal headlines, figure out how you are going to succeed in these tough times.


Here are a few steps you can take now to help turn things around:

1. Create a new plan of action.


Once you assess your current financial situation, think of the steps you need to take to improve things for the better. Perhaps this is the perfect time to start that new business you’ve always dreamed of while working part-time? Maybe you need to get additional education to start working in a field that is currently doing well?


Try to get out of your rut and establish a fresh mindset. After all, if things are bad now, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!


2. Get help.


When things get tough, it’s always nice to have support. Reach out to family, friends, business associates, local organizations, and industry associations. Network in person and online.


Many people are going through similar challenges right now, and there is no reason to be embarrassed about your situation. To start, check out the online forums here, and the information available at,,,,, and others.

3. Work harder.

This may not be what you want to hear, but now is not the time to be lazy. Everyone is competing for the limited sales, jobs, partners, etc. that are available.

In order to be successful, it’s essential to do the appropriate research, learn necessary skills, meet the right people, and give your best effort on all the career and lifestyle goals you want to achieve.


For help, check out these links:,,,,, and others.


Let’s Change Things Together


I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of all the negativity that’s out there. It’s time to stop placing blame, take action and make positive changes. After all, if we all make an effort to solve our problems and start with small, baby steps, who knows what we can accomplish!  


Do you have tips for other entrepreneurs, questions and feedback? Please let me know! I’m here to help.

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