Weekly Finds

Weekly Finds for the Solopreneur

Welcome to One Woman Shop Weekly Finds – where we members of the community scour the web to bring you a curated list of posts, links, and resources that we they think will help your business—and maybe even your life! This week’s curator: Danielle Ziegler, business coach and content marketer for wellness-minded entrepreneurs.

There’s so much buzz out there about newsletters and growing your mailing list. It can be a little overwhelming. But this post from Rekita Nicole Designs includes 5 simple, no-nonsense steps that will help keep your next email campaign crisp, clean, and organized.

As a solopreneur who juggles multiple roles in my business, I’m always looking for ways to maintain productivity and stay on task. “How to Set Yourself Up for a SUPER Productive Week” from Jessica Says details a great way to organize your weekly calendar without making you feel boxed in.

If anyone else is in the process of actively growing your business or website, you may know the crippling doubt that sometimes accompanies these plans and dreams. Dr. Danielle Dowling inspired me to push past this doubt in her inspirational post, “What If It All Worked Out?

I’m guilty of a couple things on this list by The Muse—“7 Super Common Habits That Productive People Ditch.” I’m especially guilty of constantly checking my email, so I’ll be working on improvement in the coming weeks!

Recently, I read “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown, and this quote speaks to my soul: “What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance? What if instead we celebrated how much time we had spent listening, pondering, meditating, and enjoying time with the most important people in our lives?” (Editor’s note: this is our December read for our #OWSBookClub — it’s highly recommended!)

So much has been said about the health benefits of gratitude, but this post from Katie of Wellness Mama is really relatable and includes several reputable sources for deeper reading.

When you’re a solopreneur, taking a sabbatical can sound like a pipe dream! Betty Means Business explains why sometimes we need something more than a day or two of time off, and her post is a great kicking-off point if you’re thinking of stepping away for some much-need “me time.”

Weekly Finds

Weekly Finds for the Solopreneur

Welcome to One Woman Shop Weekly Finds – where we members of the community scour the web to bring you a curated list of posts, links, and resources that we they think will help your business—and maybe even your life! This week’s curator: Christie Montague, a graphic designer/marketing generalist with a business background, so she does more than make things pretty.

Curator’s note: I’m a fairly new solopreneur – officially launching my graphic design business in January 2016, although it’s been my side gig for four years. As January quickly approaches I’ve been looking for resources on productivity and organization. Here are a few I’ve found!

As someone new to the solopreneur life, I found this article by Trunked Creative super helpful. She details what she did and what she learned in the first year, along with some resources for getting it all done.

With the “work-from-home-life” also comes the “coffee-shop-office-life.” For schlepping work stuff around to and from coffee shops, I’m obsessed with Baggu bags. I highly recommend the flat zips. The large flat zip is perfect for me to throw my laptop, notebook and planner in and I use the smaller sizes for pens and post its and other stuff.

I’m in the process of reading “Do Breathe,” a book from the Do Lectures (a super inspiring organization) with the tagline, “Calm your mind. Find focus. Get stuff done.” It’s great because it’s a quick read with lots of bullet points and callouts, and it includes little tricks you can incorporate into your daily life to be more productive and efficient.

Oh So Beautiful Paper (which is an awesome site for paper lovers) has some great tips for being productive when working from home! The article gives nice detailed advice that I can actually put into practice.

This article by InVision details ways in which you can improve your web/product copy by building enthusiasm, and provides examples of companies doing it well.

Okay, I know it’s probably easy enough to get distracted on the internet without meaning to, but if your brain needs a break, check out iwastesomuchmoney.com. I’m a big fan of eccentric products, and this site has all of them.

Looking for a laugh instead? Head over to its sister site iwastesomuchtime.com to get a feed of random internet things that are pretty great.

Weekly Finds

Weekly Finds for the SolopreneurWelcome to One Woman Shop Weekly Finds – where we scour the web to bring you a curated list of posts, links, and resources that we think will help your solopreneur business — and maybe even your life!

Are you ready to opt into your best self and make your mental wellness a priority? OWS member Kerstin Auer — creator of the Tools for Better workbooks — wants to help. Sign up for her free opt-in on her site, and grab a few badass coloring pages! (Hello, stress relief!)

Still searching for the perfect planner for 2016? We’ve got a few recommendations — and a giveaway! Check them out and try your luck over on our 2016 Planner Giveaway Extravaganza. (So fun… but only going on until 11/30!)

Overworked and exhausted are unfortunately frequent descriptions for solopreneurs. RM Harrison offers five decisions you need to make to get to a place where you’re free to give your best self to your work.

One Woman Shop member Brittany Berger is on “a neverending quest to learn keyboard shortcuts for all.the.things”, and mastered custom search engines in the meantime. Become a Chrome power searcher with her tutorial today.

Podcast alert! #WearYourDreams is a weekly show where host Alice Oluyitan chats with female entrepreneurs and girl bosses who offer tips, advice, and inspiration for women who are pursuing their big dreams. (Right up our alley!)

Stuck in your day job and not yet seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? Sara (yep, from One Woman Shop) is guest posting over on the Freelance to Freedom Project blog sharing three ways your soul-sucking job can help make you a better freelancer in the future.

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Weekly Finds

Weekly Finds for the SolopreneurWelcome to One Woman Shop Weekly Finds – where we scour the web to bring you a curated list of posts, links, and resources that we think will help your solopreneur business — and maybe even your life!

Stories from “12 Gutsy Women to Watch”: we’re psyched to have been featured (individually, on separate occasions!) in Jessica Lawlor’s Get Gutsy Interview series — and we’re loving the round up she just released on the one year anniversary of its start! Get ready to be inspired.

If you’re thinking it’s tough to stand out in a noisy online world, you’re not alone. Tiff Silverberg wants to help you establish your brand story — and take it to the media. She shows you how through her (entirely free) DIY PR series.

We read a lot about self-care, quieting the inner naysayer, and building our own confidence as One Woman Shops (so important). But we can’t help but love this post from OWS member Kerstin Auer over on HuffPo offering a recipe for some “Humble Pie” — another thing we can all use from time to time.

Next time you’re stalled on a task that you’re absolutely dreading, ask yourself one question: “Why?” Then, get back into action. Cristina shares how in our guest post over on the Freelance to Freedom Project blog.

LeadPages is great for content upgrades, list building, webinar registrations, and more — but it’s not always within a solopreneur’s budget. We’re loving this workaround from Anjelica Dezel on how she “fakes it” with SquareSpace and MailChimp, and gets great results. Check the comments for tips on how to use WordPress to do the same!

Etsy sellers: been thinking about building a store on your own website, but just not sure? Amber Kristine shares the pros + cons of selling on Etsy and why you might want to considering owning your own shop.

Podcast alert: we’re always on the hunt for new (+ great) podcasts to listen to, so needless to say, we were psyched when Paul Jarvis released his newest, The Freelancer, in September. In his words, it’s “a short, weekly podcast for designers, writers & developers looking to up their business game.” And did we mention? It’s Paul Jarvis. Let us know what you think!

Weekly Finds

Weekly Finds for the SolopreneurWelcome to One Woman Shop Weekly Finds – where we scour the web to bring you a curated list of posts, links, and resources that we think will help your solopreneur business — and maybe even your life!

Shannon Mattern knows that you deserve to spend your precious time and energy doing what you love, not stressing out about your website. That’s why she created WP+BFF’s free, 5-Day Website Challenge to teach you how!

We love this thought from writer Kali Hawlk: “don’t let a little win distract you from knowing how to get big success.” In her post, “The Danger of a Little Success”, she shares how to avoid the false feeling that you’ve made it so you don’t accidentally miss out on your true potential.

Want to write a compelling home page, but don’t know where to begin? Download this free e-book from Jehane of Write Your Way — and stress no more! Copywriting woes, be gone.

Becca from The Uncaged Life is calling bullshit… on business coaches who sell you on lies. As solo business coaches ourselves, we discussed this in our most recent Hot Seat and love how Becca breaks down how to find a biz coach in her post, “Is your business coach full of shit?”

If you’re like us, you have friends across the world and find it totally normal to have friends you’ve only met online. Thanks to @JenniferDLe, we just discovered the Call Your Girlfriend podcast — their tagline is “A podcast for long distance besties everywhere.” Listen on your breaks or walks!

And speaking of walks…we got a bit obsessed with the benefits of walking after reading Thrive and now (only half-jokingly) refer to them as “Wisdom Walks.” (Thanks to Barney from HIMYM for that one. Love that guy.) We love this piece on the power of walking mindfulness meditation.

We’re offering 15-minute Starter Sessions (read: consultations) for potential coaching clients but here’s an interesting perspective from Courtney Johnston about why you shouldn’t do free consultations — and what you should do instead.

Weekly Finds

Weekly Finds for the SolopreneurWelcome to One Woman Shop Weekly Finds – where we scour the web to bring you a curated list of posts, links, and resources that we think will help your solopreneur business — and maybe even your life!

Just starting out and wondering how in the world you can budget for life as a self-employed freelancer? We love this simple, yet thorough budgeting breakdown from Erica Gellerman over on the Everygirl. (Might we add that Solopreneur Finances is a fantastic way to get your feet wet?)

If you’re no stranger here, you know we <3 our location independence. So we were psyched to see the team at CloudPeeps featuring Amy Rigby, a fellow One Woman Shop, on their blog. Read her interview to see how she builds a routine around freelancing and travel, and get a glimpse at a few of her favorite resources. (Thanks for the call out!)

New to Twitter chats and completely overwhelmed? It happens. That’s why we love this simple breakdown on how to get the most out of chats from Ashley over at Lilly & Lemons. Our favorite tip(s): keep a spreadsheet with contact info for people you connect with in the chats, and don’t be afraid to reach out after the chat. Building your online community, at its best.

In our last edition of Weekly Finds, we shared a primer on using Trello as a project management app for creatives. This time around, we’re getting a little more niche to show you how Kristin of My Life as a Teacup uses Wunderlist as her digital to-do list! Oh, lists — how we love you.

Finding great images for your blog is a major headache for many-a-solopreneur. The thought of creating them? Even more overwhelming. That’s why we are digging this post from the team at The Nectar Collective on cheap, easy, and attractive backgrounds you can use for your blog images. (And Pinterest-worthy, at that!)

Oh so many new sites, oh so little time. But we’re seriously into what’s going on over at Blab.im. Social Media Examiner breaks down what Blab is and how to get started here — and once you’re in, be sure to subscribe to our upcoming Blab with Coach Jennie on 9/15!

Podcast alert: I (Sara) am newly addicted to Magic Lessons, a podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert. It coincides with her soon-to-be released book, Big Magic, and explores creativity from vantage points of real people. And if you’re a total book-aholic like me, you’ll love the “guest appearances” from people like Cheryl Strayed and Ann Patchett. (#nerdalert)

Weekly Finds

Weekly Finds for the SolopreneurWelcome to One Woman Shop Weekly Finds – where we scour the web to bring you a curated list of posts, links, and resources that we think will help your solopreneur business — and maybe even your life!

Have a personal project that keeps getting pushed to the side? Yup. That’s why Ash Ambirge’s recent post, “The Answer To: Where Do You Get the TIME?!” hits home — and we bet it will for you, too. Don’t forget to be your own client.

Stop blogging to the sound of crickets. (It happens.) Ciera Holzenthal of Ciera Design Studio took her five years of blogging experience and created a step-by-step guide to writing irresistible blog posts and creating share-worthy content, just for you.

Summer can be… distracting. So sometimes striking creativity gold requires a little extra effort. This post from Fast Company offers 10 ways to hone your creativity on a daily basis. (We like a combination of #1, get up early + #7, take a nap.)

If garnering PR for your solo business is an elusive concept, you’re not alone. Fortunately, Tiffany Silverberg wants to help you tell your brand story so that the media pays attention. Check out her DIY PR resources to get started!

Productivity + project management tools are fun to try, but can be a massive time suck. So we love it when fellow business owners show us how they put them into practice, like Katelyn James does in her “How Creatives Can Utilize Trello” video.

If you’ve been in the blogosphere for some time now, you most likely know Sarah Von Bargen of Yes and Yes. But did you know you could borrow her 12,000 daily readers + 7 years of blogging experience to make your online space “prettier, more profitable, more popular?” Check out her Secret Weapon.

Lately, we’ve been all about systems + streamlining here at One Woman Shop, so that you can make the most of your time as a solopreneur. So we love this post from Marie Poulin on designing your ideal week — especially this thought: “structure enables flexibility.”

Weekly Finds: The Location Independence Series

Welcome to One Woman Shop Weekly Finds – where we scour the web to bring you a curated list of posts, links, and resources that we they think will help your business—and maybe even your life! This edition, we’re continuing to celebrate Location Independence Month here at One Woman Shop!

“Almost everyone has a travel dream.” We agree — and Marthe Hagan from The Freedom Experiment is offering 29 Travel Tips for Exploring the World on a Budget. Even for “seasoned” travelers, you’re bound to want to bookmark this list.

There’s nothing quite like hearing stories of location independence straight from those experiencing it. That’s why we’re loving the new Girl Boss interview series by the Bucketlist Bombshells. Interviewed so far: our fearless founder, Cristina, and OWS digital nomad Kit Whelan!

Even after three years on the road, “mistakes” will be made. Lauren of Never Ending Footsteps shares the story of how she lost her passport (twice) — and how life went on without it.

Time zones are tricky — and when you’re a digital nomad working on the road, you don’t have time for jet lag. That’s why we’re loving Jet Lag Rooster — input your travel info, and get a free plan to reduce the effects of jet lag!

You know we’re all about community here at One Woman Shop. So naturally, we love this idea from digital nomad Kit Whelan of Seek New Travel: she’s started a community for location-independent women over at Nomad + Spice. Step aside, dudes.

Heading out for a week, month, or year(s) on the road? Learn the basics of a foreign language or brush up on what you already know with Duolingo. It’s a ridiculously fun + simple app and will have you feeling like a language pro in no time! (Io promesso.)

Still not sure if ditching the 9-to-5 for the digital nomad life is possible? Read six stories of “fempreneurs” who did just that — and are thriving in their new lives now.

your location independence journey starts here

Weekly Finds: The Location Independence Series

Welcome to One Woman Shop Weekly Finds – where we members of the community scour the web to bring you a curated list of posts, links, and resources that we they think will help your business—and maybe even your life! This edition, we’re celebrating the kick off of Location Independence Month here at One Woman Shop!

Honestly? Building a location-independent business might lead to a dreamy result, but it takes a great deal of work upfront. Tom Morkes explains five (and a half) steps to build from the ground up.

For a different take on building a location independent business, Nathalie Lussier shares her story to make you consider what’s realistic if you want to travel and build a business from the ground up.

The location-independence biz life doesn’t always require wi-fi. For inspiration on how other digital nomads make it work, check out this list from Fizzle.co for how 64 people make a location-independent living.

Some will build a location-independent business in order to enable full-time travel. Others simply want the freedom. The Minimalists debunk what location independence is, and how it relates to the minimalist lifestyle.

With a limitless client pool and the world as your office, there’s not much holding you back from working online and traveling the world if you set your mind to it. Cassie + Shay from Bucketlist Bombshells tell you more in this article on Elite Daily.

We love learning from those who are doing. The Next Web took the chance to interview seven digital nomad entrepreneurs who are building a biz while in motion.

A podcast to inspire your location independent action: Dan Andrews’ Tropical MBA. Pop in those headphones and learn from other lifestyle businesses making it work.

your location independence journey starts here

Weekly Finds

Weekly Finds for the SolopreneurWelcome to One Woman Shop Weekly Finds – where we scour the web to bring you a curated list of posts, links, and resources that we think will help your solopreneur business — and maybe even your life!

April is National Letter Writing month! For our fellow lovers of snail mail, how about joining the movement at More Love Letters? Nominate someone to receive a bundle, contribute to a bundle request, or simply just write some love letters and leave them on table at your local cafe.

Stuck on how to introduce yourself on your About page? We love how Kendra Barnes used an infographic on her new site, Aisle Always Love (and we obviously love that she mentions “jam sessions“).

“The technological revolution took over the world of freelancing during my time away, and new methods of getting work have surfaced. I still use many of those conventional practices from back in the day, and many tend to be profitable – a classic is a classic for a reason, after all. But the more ‘alternative’ ways to get hired have proved lucrative as well.” – Shelby Deering

Considering hosting a webinar in the near future? Learn from Nikki Elledge Brown, in her fantastic post, “A Tale of Two Webinars: How 3 Tweaks Make a $20K Difference.” Keep these three words in mind: deadlines, testimonials, and practice — and don’t be afraid to try, and try again.

There’s a solid debate going on around whether or not you should keep comments activated on your blog. Erika of Olyvia.co offers her take on the situation in this post: and she’s in favor of keeping them. What’s your take?

As a solopreneur, it can be tough to find time to unwind and unplug. Well, Jennifer of Celebrated Lady has a few suggestions for relaxing downtime activities. Anddd we love how she subtitled the post “How not to go crazy while running a business or other endeavors.”

Speaking of self-care as a solopreneur: add a morning routine that sets your day up for success. We’re loving Calm: pick a scene, set a timer + and intention, and start your day by clearing your head with a meditation. Start small — even five minutes can make a huge difference.

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