Simple Guide to Novamind

Novamind is a mindmapping tool with an emphasis on great design. It’s ideal for presenters who want to create first class professional looking mindmaps for use in online or offline presentations. Of course, Novamind can also be used for note taking or brainstorming.

The price ranges from $49 for the most basic version to $249 for the platinum version. To try out the software, just download their 30 day free trial at:

Here’s how to use Novamind.

Step 1: Start Typing to Change the Main Topic

Click on the main topic to select it. Type in the name of the main topic.


Step 2: Learn to Create Topics

When the main topic is selected, just press enter to create your first sub-topic.

When any other topic is selected, press enter to create a topic on the same level. This is called a sibling topic.

Press insert when any topic is selected to create a sub-topic. This is called a child topic.


Step 3: Creating Callout Topics

Callout topics are attention-catching topics that you can use to draw emphasis to specific points.

To create a callout topic, first select the topic you want the callout to be attached to, then click “Callout” along the top bar.


This is what a callout looks like.



Step 4: Creating Floating Topics

Have a second main idea? Put it in a floating topic. Just click on the arrow under “Topic” and select “Floating Topic.”


This is what a floating topic looks like.


Step 5: Learn Your Formatting Options

Novamind offers a wide range of formatting options.

Fill color. This changes the background color of the whole topic.

Outline color. This changes the color of the line connecting to the topic, as well as the line outlining the topic.

To change Fill or Outline colors, click Fill or Outline in the top bar.


Text color. This changes the color of the text.

Text background color. Changes the background behind the text.

To change either of these options, click on the arrow next to the “A” in the top bar.


Bold, Italics and Underline. Click their respective buttons along the top, or use CTRL + B, I or U.

Font. Change the font by selecting the topic and clicking the font box.

Text size. Click the text size box next to the font box to select your text size. Alternatively, click the A^ or Av arrows to go one size up or down.

Here’s an illustration of the different formatting options.


Step 6: Change Your Map Design

Different designs work well for different purposes. If you’re taking notes for yourself, then a simplistic and fast design might work best. If you’re creating a mindmap for a presentation, then you might want a more classy design.

Click on Map Design along the top to access the map design menu.


Select the map design you want. Each design will look significantly different than other designs. Here’s an example of the Presentation design.

To change the colors, fonts or backgrounds in any design, just click one of the drop-down arrows on the right hand side.



Step 7: Presenter Mode

If you’re going to be using your mindmaps to make presentations, Novamind’s presenter mode can help.

To use the presenter mode, just click Presenter along the top.

To build a presentation, first select a topic, then click Create Slide From Selection on the left. Repeat this process for each topic you want to focus on.


Each slide will focus on one topic, zoomed in fully. Move from slide to slide to create a dynamic presentation.

Click on either of the Start Presentation buttons to play your presentation.


Wrap Up

We’ve just covered the most important features to Novamind. You now know how to create sibling and child topics, how to create callouts and floating topics, how to change text, outline and filler colors, how to change map designs and how to structure presentations.

How to set your pricing and charge what you are worth!


Are you a service provider, consultant, or solo-preneur and struggle with how to set your pricing?  Then this is for you.


The challenge most service providers have when they first get started is they fall into the cycle of:


Well I could not afford to pay that much…. Therefore no one else can….. Therefore I can only charge so much…. Or no one will buy from me… or people will think I am greedy…. Or worse… that I don’t deserve to charge that much!”


The problem with this way of thinking is that you are setting yourself up for failure right from the beginning.


If you want to create a viable, successful, business you need to start thinking like a business owner… and not an employee.


All of your business expenses can be divided up into one of 6 categories.  When you are trying to decide how much to charge, you should consider all of these “hidden” costs and set your prices accordingly.


Although I can’t tell you exactly what to charge as each business is unique, if you assign a percentage of your fees to each of the six categories, you will be on your way to creating a business that can be scalable.


The six categories are: Executive, Client Success, Marketing, Business Development, Operations, and Project Management.


Depending on your type of business, your categories may vary as well!  A massage therapist for example may not have Project Management but would need a category for her employees or independent contractors.


So what types of expenses go where?





  • Percentage of profit off the top for owner draw and salary
  • Continuing Education for Executive Staff




  • Software
  • Phones
  • Rent
  • Computers
  • Accounting / Bookkeeper
  • Lawyer
  • Taxes
  • Merchant Account Fees
  • Bank Fees


Client Success


  • Customer Service
  • Customer Gifts for Birthdays and Christmas




  • Cost to acquire a new customer
  • Website Design
  • Email Marketing
  • PPC Campaigns
  • SEO
  • Video Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Marketing Training and Education for Staff


Business Development (Sales)


  • Cost to close the sale
  • Sales Reps Commissions
  • Affiliate Commissions
  • Referral Partner Program
  • JV Manager
  • Sales Training and Education for Staff


Project Management (Contractors, Employees)


  • Cost to fulfill your service
  • Independent Contractors
  • Writers
  • Social Media Managers
  • Community Managers
  • SEO Specialists
  • Project Manager
  • Team Leader


If in the beginning you are doing all of the work, then you would be paying yourself the full amount you allocate in “project management”.  Just take into consideration that if at any point in the future you want to grow your business, you will have to duplicate yourself.  The only way to do that is if you can hire someone else to take on the work for you.  You should set your pricing so that at any time when your sales justify it, you can hire someone and train them to do the work.


A business owner has two jobs: Increase Revenue and Implement Systems.


You should be working ON your business and not IN your business to make it scalable!