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!

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Remember when we talked about time management reputations? Keep yours strong by arriving on time to those nearby appointments with these quick tips.

Here’s a piece to send to your friends and family who still don’t get your freelance lifestyle: 7 myths and misconceptions about freelancers.

Have you ever found yourself logging on to Google Analytics, poking around a little bit, and then closing your browser window without gaining new insights? Here are 5 tips to help you understand your business website or blog using Google Analytics.

“I just kept hearing her voice in my head, ‘I’m in a hurry, and comparing it to how many times I’ve said the same thing. It’s just not worth it.” -Carly of The College Prepster on how we all need to slow the heck down.

We think it’s safe to say that most members of our community are pretty comfortable building personal and business relationships with people they meet online. For those who aren’t, we loved this piece from Sam Davidson: “most of what we build in our lives is done on the backs of strangers…if you are to grow, you’ll need to find those strangers who believe in you, too.”

If you love learning about productivity tips and hacks, you’ll love Doodle’s blog, which features interviews with business owners, a la our chat with three awesome YouCanBook.Me users.

“People do not buy products but meanings” -Tara Gentile (a future One Woman Shop podcast guest!) on 5 companies that do an awesome job of selling meaning to their customers.

And some highlights from One Woman Shop: want to win an upgraded YouCanBooK.Me account (trust us, it’s amazing)? Enter our giveaway! Love our Day in the Life column? Here’s one with Kit Graham of The Kittchen! In need of some business inspiration? Get outside your industry. Loving our freebies? Here’s a new wallpaper- “Coffee- all it needs is more.

What posts did you love this week?

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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!

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If you’re putting yourself out there, you will get negative feedback at some point. Don’t let a bad apple spoil the bunch, as they say- here is how authors (and everyone else) should deal with a bad review.

A simple but important message: stop insulting your clients and customers.

Think market research is just for the big guys? Think again- here’s why market research is critical to the success of your small business– and this piece comes from one of our new favorite sites, Small Business Bonfire!

If you’re doing a speaking gig any time soon, take note of these 5 tips for kicking your presentation up a notch (especially in front of a social media savvy crowd).

Are you stuck in Amateur-Ville? Here are 10 signs from The Rule Breakers Club that you’re not playing in the big leagues yet (#timelyworldseriesjokes).

If you’re reaching out to a potential client or partner on LinkedIn, here’s how to draft a message that will actually get read.

And some highlights from this week on One Woman Shop: step-by-step instructions on how to get introduced on LinkedIn, 5 things to do before you discontinue a product or service offering, 4 ways you know it’s time to part ways with a client– and how to prevent these tough situations in the future, how to write a kick-ass bio, 5 things in business that won’t complete you, and 5 ways to jazz up your web copy.

And a quick reminder to sign up for our personal branding webinar!

What posts did you love this week?

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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!

resources for solopreneurs

“Going from agency life to in-house work, to coffices, home offices and coworking spaces (and from New York to Texas and back again), I tried to do it all, to make others happy, to be the best at it all, to know it all – focusing on making things (anything) happen NOW, instead of sitting back and asking myself if what I was doing in my career truly made me happy” –Megan of ProfessionGal on her thoughts on her 27th birthday (an awesome read, especially for right brained women).

Did you read Carlana’s story about the time she mistakenly picked a niche? Here’s a post on IttyBiz about whether or not picking a niche is necessary.

A post from Alexandra Franzen on Sarah Von Bargen‘s blog? Yes please! We love these ideas for making your clients feel really, really appreciated.

If you’re interested in how strong personal branding can positively affect your business, check out this series from One Woman Shop founder Cristina Roman- Practicing What You Preach- Maintaining Your Personal Branding (sign up for email alerts at the bottom of the post).

Do you write reviews or sponsored posts on your personal or business blog? Be sure to review these new FTC rules and regulations!

We bet you all know the importance of a strong online reputation- but what about a strong time management reputation? When you find yourself just 5 minutes late to a meeting or just an hour late on a deadline, think about how it reflects on your work style and reliability.

And some highlights from this week on One Woman Shop: Steph Gordon shares how to conquer awkward situations, we’re running a giveaway of the 21 Day Business Challenge from Shauna Mackenzie, we want you to participate in our My Favorite Feedback blog series, and here’s why we think you need both joy and purpose in your business.

Bonus: we love these short and sweet words from Elisa on following your own path, not anyone else’s.

What posts did you love this week?

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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!

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If you follow us on Twitter, you may have seen our tweet about what to do if you find that someone put up a similar blog post to one you were mulling over or drafting. Some people said they would publish anyway, while others said they would delete their own post for fear of being seen as a copycat. Needless to say, we were thrilled to see a post on The Uncaged Life that addresses this very topic: Copy Me. Go Ahead. Seriously.

Amen to Lis’ point: Everyone online needs to take a big fat break and remember there’s wars in Syria and shit. We know firsthand how easy it is to get caught up in your solopreneur bubble, but she has a reality check for you.

“So yes, I respond to that text. Yes, we can enter a season of rest. No more accepting projects we aren’t super passionate about. No more racing from one thing to the next. No more on the computer till 3am.  No more cell phones out during dinner dates.” -Jenna of Eat, Live, Run on slowing down in life.

Cordelia wants to know if you’re chaining your elephant. We’ll let her explain the cool metaphor for negative, self-limiting beliefs to you 🙂

And speaking of limiting beliefs, Stephanie Peterson shares the story of how she declared that programming wasn’t her thing– but then learned how to turn her fear into action.

We ask a ton of questions to the people we profile here on the site and we love when our questions really get them thinking. Here, Jess Lively explains her thoughts on whether entrepreneurship is a fad or the way of the future (the comments section is really interesting too).

Curious about all of the different aspects of freelancing? Jessica Lawlor is giving you a chance to ask her any question you want!

What posts did you love this week?

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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!

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If you’re thinking that you absolutely must differentiate yourself in order to succeed in business, think again. Here’s why you can win without differentiating (as long as you’re awesome).

Ahh, so refreshing: Lisa of Elembee fills us in on one of her biggest takeaways from Designer Vaca: that we’re all faking it (yes, even those One Woman Shops you think are flawless…).

We are thrilled to hear this one: Facebook finally lets you edit posts after you publish them. If you’re ever had to delete and recreate a Facebook post, you’ll appreciate this decision.

Which is better for goal-setting: small, gradual changes or big, sweeping ones? The Happiness Project answer: it depends! 

You may have seen our Facebook post, but we laughed when we read these words on Amanda Abella’s blog: “I think it was Ali Brown who once said if you want all of your stuff to come up you should forget therapy and just start a business.” Nothing could be more true!

Are you working on building your email list? Here are 41 tips from Ramsay of Blog Tyrant. Some seem obvious but there are some interesting ideas in there, like redirecting commenters to your email list page after they comment or using a plugin that only targets new visitors.

On our to do list: install the Add New Default Avatar plugin, per the advice of Allyssa from The Barn Blog.

What posts did you love this week?

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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!

weekly finds

Not convinced about the value of Twitter for your business? Here are 100 facts and figures from Social Media Today– and why they matter to your business.

Nervous to reach out to a busy expert in your field? That’s okay, as long as it pushes you to prepare appropriately. Selena Soo shares the dos and don’ts of getting noticed by industry VIPs.

We’re suckers for Alexandra Frazen’s helpful fill-in-the-blank templates on her blog- especially this one: a reality check on creating a complete business model for your business (hint: “working on a novel” isn’t it).

Launching a new product or service? Don’t just stick to the same old, same old Facebook posts. Amp it up a notch with these tips from Rise to the Top. Our favorite: provide tons of behind-the-scenes content (by the way, have you registered for our behind-the-scenes webinar?).

Headed out of town or away from your business for a few days? Zoe Rooney wrote a post that’s jam-packed with tips for returning to an inbox that’s not too overwhelming- follow her system.

Are you a sucker for learning new ways to effectively Google search? Then you will have a nerdgasm (thanks to Amy Chick for this phrase!) over on Google Inside Search, which gives you a look into Google’s search engine. Don’t forget to learn some time-saving new tricks while you’re on the site!

Remember when The Busy Trap article came out in the New York Times? If you needed even more reasons why the busy trap is no good, here are five pitfalls of busyness.

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