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: Kerry Burki, supporter and celebrator of creatives everywhere at Handmade Success.

I am sure you are right there with me in wanting to grow your business in 2015! These 20 productivity resolutions from Creative Boom will help you get where you want to go this year.

If you still need to get clear about your yearly goal(s) and what steps you need to take to get there, then you will find this formula to reach your business goals from MadeFreshly useful (and entertaining!).

When it comes to getting even more organized about making money and keeping track of it, I love learning from the super organized and wildly successful Mayi Carles.

The rest of the internet will try to lure you away as you get things done to make money, work towards your goals and stay organized. Try the Momentum app to keep you on track every time you try to open a new tab.

Once you are cranking out work, you will want more time to crank out even more work. Start using these keyboard shortcuts for WordPress on a free printable from Going Home To Roost so you can start saving time while you are blogging for your business.

Doing everything that needs to be done to grow your business can easily overwhelm you. Be sure you are staying organized, focused and stress-free by implementing these tips from creative entrepreneur, Raquel Manuela.

As much as you love your business, taking a break from it is good too. Join me on the #happymailteam to be inspired by Sophie from Ma Petite Valisette to create and send beautiful mail this year. You can write about your success and share a cheery hello. (Just hit “translate” at the top of the page, unless French is your thing!)

The goal this year: work hard, get organized and take care of yourself! XO!

Weekly Finds

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: illustrator Laura Palmer.

Dear Austin Kleon, I’m a fan girl. There’s a whole bunch of advice in this list for any entreprenuer who wants to get smarter (and stronger) in the new year.

In 2015, I resolve to be centered. This article from Rachel Gillett on Fast Company is all about holding to those resolutions and how to keep, not kick, a habit.

Who knew the guy who knows how to “Party Hard” would give such rad advice on following your heart. Andrew W.K. nails it with this poetic response to the question I wrestle with all the time: “How do I just stop worrying and go for it?” [My favorite part: “The true duty of the mind is to serve the heart, not interfere with it. The mind’s intelligence is best used in carrying out the desires of the heart — directing the heart’s loving and creative power out into the physical world.” Perfectly said, Mr. W.K.]

With all the noise on the internet and all the distractions in life, as a one woman shop it can be easy to get lost in it. Kate Arends directs us to David Foster Wallace and his “This is Water” speech as she tells us to “Find peace in imperfect places.”

This quote continues to inspire me. Sometimes when it’s just you, #girlboss-ing your way through the day, it’s easy to try too hard. Aldous Huxley reminds me to “go lightly.”

This might not be easy for me to admit, but I do have “the time.” I’m busy you guys, but this Yoganonymous article by Meredith Cameron reminds me to be honest about my time, what I value and how to two are related.

Amy Turn Sharp (a talented poet) wrote a poem every single day in 2012. To me, this is a feat of incredible strength. This year she’s doing a similar project with the help of others: 365 poets. If you need a reminder that daily projects can happen with determination and stick-to-it-iveness (like I often do), Amy is a great inspiration.

Weekly Finds

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 think will help your business- and maybe even your life!

Here’s a quick primer on creating effective social media graphics from Jess Creatives (with a few graphic design tools you may not know about).

“The handmade internet forums drive me crazy. I used to visit them to research new blog posts and product- and seller-issues, but I had to stop for my own sanity.” An interesting perspective on handmade forums from Lisa Jacobs of Market Your Creativity.

Laura Simms of Create as Folk chose a word that she hated as her Word of the Year- here’s why.

We love continuing our education and saving money here at One Woman Shop, so we were really impressed to learn about Laurie of The No-Pay MBA, who is putting together her own master’s program using free online resources.

In the process of establishing an affiliate program or forming partnership? Take these steps first to ensure that you end up with the best fits for your business.

Considering pursuing location independence? First, contact One Woman Shop founder Cristina! Then, get inspired by these 21 women running their businesses from the road.

Need a work break? Check out Cooking with Vinyl, a blog by Becky Mollenkamp that pairs recipes with records to “turn cooking into a feast for the senses.”

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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: blogger and web designer Desiree Jester.

Take advantage of the Cyber Monday craze, even if you aren’t Amazon! This fantastic podcast from Social Media Today gives you some great steps you can take to make the most of the holiday shopping season and improve your online and social media marketing all year long.

Instagram is my favorite social media platform because it is where you are more likely to see the genuine voice of a brand and where you (as a brand) can connect personally with your followers. Kat from The Gypsy Beard tells you how can you effectively use it for your business in this post.

No pain, no gain. Fear is always seen as a negative emotion, but it can actually help you up your game. Learn how to channel that nervous energy in this post from Abigail Eaton Masters, “Fear as a Gateway to Success.”

Lacy from Ghostblogger shares that our blogs should be a conversation. I love this concept! This article gives us questions to ask to get the conversation flowing and some advice about what to do with the answers you get.

We have all heard of the Pomodoro method, but Trista makes the case for a longer span of devoted work time before a break. This seems to jive much more with me as I hate stopping just when I find the flow of a project, but having the time limit forces me to focus.

Expertise is something that is highly valued when you are an entrepreneur, but what really makes you an expert at something? This post from Rebecca Beaton defines what being an “expert” really means, and how to figure out your expertise.

I firmly believe in realizing that art is not just the painting on the wall or the music on the radio. Art is the result of when a person pours their heart into the task that they are doing regardless of the medium. This short post by The Art of Simple reminds me of that today. Go be an artist!

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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: copywriter + editor Sara Frandina.

Ever have that project that NEEDS to get done but you just can’t quite get yourself to do it? (Yeah, I might just have a few of those at the moment…) Christine Kane has nine fantastic steps to just getting. it. done.

You’re in crisis mode. Burnt out. Just plain tired. Do as Cordelia does: Go Into Energy Saver Mode. Love, love, love this post — printed it out to keep in a drawer for those days when my brain is turned off and the couch is calling. (This will be especially handy as the holidays approach!)

Still struggling to choose between WordPress and Squarespace? You aren’t alone. Listen to this uber-helpful podcast from Website Superhero Natalia before making any snap decisions.

Feeling stuck in your biz? Take it from my good friend Misti: “You CANNOT THINK your business out of a block. You MUST WORK your way out of it.” She’ll help you get started in her complimentary Biz Therapy Session. I thoroughly encourage you to check it out — but a quick note: it’s not for the faint at heart!

Your request was sent over three days ago and you’ve been twiddling your thumbs (and perhaps pulling out your hair) ever since. It’s time to follow up, friends. Cure your fear of the follow up with this how-to post from Careful Cents contributor Melanie: The Art of the Follow-Up: How to Get a “Yes” Without Being Pushy.

In this post, Erin from In Our Stillness wisely reminds us that “Wellness is personal. It doesn’t have one, universal meaning.” Decide what wellness means to you, then live it.

Just for fun: the holidays are fast approaching, which typically means one thing for me — panic over gift-giving. That’s why I was incredibly happy to stumble upon The Thinking Closet’s new e-book, “Thinking Outside the Gift Box.” Dig in + have fun with these fun ideas!

Weekly Finds

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: copywriter + editor Sara Frandina.

I’ll be the first to admit — I have a bit (okay quite a bit) of a solopreneur crush on Regina Anaejionu, of byRegina.com fame. This gem of a post, How I Started Making a Full-Time Blogging Income, chronicles her entrepreneurial journey and is perfect for anyone who needs a shove in the right direction.

I consistently tout the benefits of batching — one of which is getting into your ideal state of flow to really get shit done. This article from Fast Company describes how to hack into your flow state, “quintuple” your productivity, and also produce better work. It’s time to get in the zone, friends.

If you’ve ever felt idea-less when it comes to starting a new side-hustle/biz or ways to expand upon/improve your existing one, I urge you to read this article from Side Hustle Nation: Looking for a Business Idea? Remember to SCAMPER. While there’s a ton of great info in there, the idea that really stuck out to me is this: “Most new business ideas are evolutionary, not revolutionary.” Keep that in mind.

Author Deirdre Maloney has a bone to pick with us: it’s the “twisted and manipulative” way we use the word “earn”. Her take is quite interesting: The Seemingly-Virtuous, Often-Dangerous Word We All Use. Are you guilty of this? I sure am.

Considering introducing podcasting into your business? Check out these tips from Amy, of Savvy Sexy Social, when it comes to podcast preparation for newbies. While you’re on her site, poke around — you’ll likely find a video that speaks to a need you have. They’re informative and entertaining.

My friend + colleague Lisa Landtroop, better known as the “Time Thief Ninja Slayer” just unveiled her free, 21-day bootcamp that begins Monday, 11/3 — Project Better Life, designed to help you become more committed to intentionality in seven different life compartments. I’m looking forward to using this as preparation for the maniacal holiday happenings coming up!

We hear a lot about multipassionate solopreneurs — in fact, we encourage it at One Woman Shop. But are you letting your multipassionate lifestyle hold you back? Rebecca from Uncaged Life is “calling you out if you’ve been hiding under the veil of being multi-passionate and not actually making concrete decisions about your business.” Be ready to be kicked in the you-know-what.

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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: copywriter and social marketer Colleen E. Mayer.

For better or worse, the lines of personal and professional have long since blurred. The Muse has become my favorite stop for both work- and life-related advice. Recent favorite read? How to Recover From an Epic Email Fail. (It’s happened to the best of us!)

Let’s be honest: space in our inbox is valuable. I don’t sign up for regular newsletters often, but when I do, oh baby you can bet it is a good one. (Hello, One Woman Shop!) I follow news from DailyWorth every.single.day. and recently came across this gem featuring 8 Surprising Things You Can Get For Free. Excuse me while I plan what to do with all of the money I’ll be saving.

How closely were you following the #Under30Summit? This quick read sums up one output from the summit: everyone is now a content creator, but at what cost?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve dabbled with dozens of different apps that claim to make your business run smoother. I’m practically giddy over the idea of a simple, stylish app that’s actually functional, and I can actually swear by several on this list: 10 apps every entrepreneur needs.

Your LinkedIn connections, Facebook likes, and email list may be huge indicators of your influence in social circles. With the holiday season approaching, why not pick a cause and leverage the power of your own network? Sign up for a site like CauseVox or GoFundMe and tell everyone you know why they should join you for a day of giving.

Want to build up your social presence in advance of launching a campaign? First, make sure you’re everywhere you need to be. This post from Business Insider reveals the top demographics of social sites.

If you’re thinking about making the transition into solopreneurship, if you’re an experienced entrepreneur, or if you’re simply a living, breathing human being, read this genius post from Lifehack.

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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: graphic designer Amanda Cobb.

We’ve all heard the adage “better done than perfect.” Wanting things to be perfect before you launch is normal and understandable, but makes it tough to actually get your product out the door and into the world. Hubspot offers a look at their formula for When “Good Enough” is Good Enough.

If you’ve ever fallen prey to Imposter Syndrome and feel like you’re not a ‘real’ professional or businesswoman, don’t worry. It turns out Nobody Knows What the Hell They Are Doing.

In this day and age, email is the lifeblood of business, and nowhere is that truer than in small businesses (like One Woman Shops, ahem). If you sometimes feel like you’re drowning in email or not handling it in the most efficient or professional manner, here are 9 Rules For Emailing From Google Exec Eric Schmidt.

If you’re looking for a new blog to read to help beef up your freelance business, I highly recommend Brennan Dunn’s site: Double Your Freelancing. The free articles on his blog are super useful, and he also has an e-course series aimed specifically at helping freelancers learn how to grow their businesses and make more money.

As business owners, I’m sure we’ve all struggled with work/life balance. I still struggle with it. But in an increasingly plugged-in world, some argue that the balance we should be focusing on is online/offline, ensuring that some of our time (both at home and at work) is spent doing something else. Erica Ariel Fox takes a look at this in her article Is “Never Offline” Good for Business, or Life?

If your One Woman Shop is product-based, and you’ve been thinking about venturing into wholesale relationships, Clare Yuille at the Indie Retail Academy has some excellent e-books and classes to help walk you through the process. Her blog is also well worth a read.

This is somewhat short notice, but if you are a solopreneur or freelancer, there’s a great conference coming up in Austin, Texas just for you. The Freelance Conference is a one-day event on October 28th, full of panels and workshops tailored especially for those with the dream of freedom, better income, and the ability to control our own careers.

Weekly Finds

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: copywriter + editor Sara Frandina.

Bloggers + almost-bloggers: this is a goldmine. Leonie Dawson has been blogging for a decade, and this post is the culmination of her lessons learned. If you’re just starting, read this. If you’ve started, but you’re struggling, read this. If you’re a pro, read this.

As a copywriter, one of my absolute favorite things to help solopreneurs with is their about page. So naturally, I fell in love with this article from writer Jeff Goins — The Most Overlooked Piece of Real Estate on Your Blog. He puts into words my exact feelings when it comes to the importance of about pages — and tells you what to do to make yours epic.

Ladies: Erika Napoletano of Redhead Writing fame has some news for you. We spend far too much time worrying about the wrong things. She unearths nine of them in her recent post, Nine Piles of Bullshit You Step in Daily. Oh, how I wish they weren’t all true.

Curious about Ello? It seems to be all the rage in the social media scene these days. Here’s a great article from Entrepreneur.com for learning the ins-and-outs about what it is, and where it’s headed. Move over, Facebook? Not yet.

As women, “our capacity to be emotionally intelligent can work against us at times, leading us to over-think. And over-thinking can easily become loud, disempowering self-talk.” I’d say Claudia Chan is spot on there. Luckily, the guru on empowering women offers 5 Ways Women Business Owners Can Slay Fear & Be Bold.

Solopreneurs: if you’re feeling like it’s time to level up in your business, but aren’t sure how when you’re dealing with the daily throes of being a One Woman Shop, I’ve got something for you. It’s called AMPLIFY, and it’s a virtual summit put on by six fellow One Woman Shops (shameless plug, I’m one of them…) The best part? It’s free to attend live + get the worksheets. Want the recordings? Pay $25 — all money goes directly to funding fellow solopreneurs the world over via Kiva.

Just for fun — Despite being just past age 25, I can wholeheartedly agree with all of these. Except #4. Fellow solopreneurs — agree? What I’m referring to: 25 Weird Things That Happen the Closer You Get to 25.

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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: marketing coach and passion junkie Fab Giovanetti.

Are you a ninja, a rockstar, or a guru? When you are a One Woman Shop fully immersed in your own industry, you hear those cliches all over the place. Repetitive? Possibly. Hyperbolic? Absolutely. Useful? You betcha! Rebecca from the Uncaged Life explains why ‘juiciness’ and ‘tribe’ are actually good for your business.

Sometimes it happens. We identify ourselves with our business and forget to love ourselves as an individual. When doubt and fear come my way, I find it useful to go back to these three tips from Female Entrepreneur Association.

When I am not musically inspired (or when I am just too lazy to put something on), I love this app: Coffitivity. It recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe to boost your creativity and help you work better, and it’s great for solopreneurs who can get pretty lonely in the house all day.

Is your day dominated by fear? Fear of not being enough, not charging enough, not being perfect enough? (As if that can even be possible!) Resistance creates stagnation in our business and in our lives. Erika Lyremark guides you through the 15 most common feelings of resistance, and how to get unstuck.

This podcast = manifestation + money love, on steroids. Kat Loterzo interviews Denise, who’s not afraid of taking life head-on and openly and honestly she shares her story. The money blocks are the same ones we all repeatedly face on a regular basis. It’s refreshing to hear that success doesn’t come overnight, but it can start manifesting quickly!

Are you looking to create a video series? They are hotter than Brad and Angelina’s wedding in the one-woman business community. Marketing extraordinaire Amy Porterfield breaks down the top tips to create a three-part video series, exploring techniques, tools and strategies to create an effective lead magnet. Genius!

Should you do a blog crawl? Firstly, what is a blog crawl? Blogger Sarah Von Bargen explores in her three-part series why you should do a blog crawl, how you should organise it, and who you should ask to contribute. It’s an effective tool for that new (insert product or service here) you are about to launch.

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