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: 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.

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.

Did you know? Twitter has over 271 million active users. That’s what’s made it such an important tool for solopreneurs + One Woman Shops. If you feel like you’re lost in the Twittersphere or just not quite using it correctly, check out these 7 Twitter Hacks for Bloggers + Small Business Owners from Kayli Wanders.

“Content is king.” We know it’s true, but sometimes, it’s tough to remember the small things. In this QuickSprout article, Neil Patel breaks down 37 seemingly simple tips for writing great content for both B2C and B2B audiences that’s sure to increase your traffic.

When you work from your desk alllllll day doing what you love, it can be a struggle to remember to get up and move. Luckily, with these “one-stop workouts” from LuLu Lemon’s Pinterest board, you don’t have to stray too far from your computer to get your sweat on.

37 seems to be the lucky number this week. In this “monster of a blog post,” Adam from BloggingWizard breaks down (seriously, breaks down) a step-by-step checklist to setting up your email list and getting your first 1,000 subscribers. Even if you’ve already started, this is a fantastic resource -- and printable, too!

For you One Woman Shop ladies fully engaged in the side hustle, here’s some gratifying news: a new study shows that “businesses that are launched while the founder is employed and only later become that founder’s full-time focus are one-third less likely to fail than those that began as full-time ventures.” Alexis Grant breaks down the details here. Keep hustling, ladies!

If you’re ever feeling a little lost, use this to aid your gut check: 5 Signs That You’re on the Right Path, from online magazine A Little Opulent. One of my favorite lines: “a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”

Podcast alert! Is it me, or do more and more super resourceful podcasts seem to be popping up every day? New on my radar this week is the 5 am Miracle podcast, focused on “dominating your day before breakfast.” Early risers, rejoice. It’s amazing what can get done while the world’s still sleeping!

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.

Who do you want to thank today? That’s the question Melissa Cassera asked when she devised this amazingly inspiring list of “22 Creative + Surprising Ways to Show Your Business Community: “I LOVE YOU AND I’M HAPPY YOU ARE HERE.” After all, gratitude is one of the best traits a One Woman Shopper can have.

When you’re going it alone, as many in the One Woman Shop community are, it’s tough not to live inside your own head and let your thoughts envelope you -- especially the negative ones. This article, appropriately entitled “Stop Trying to Control Your Thoughts”, is an eye-opener. We can’t control our thoughts, but through meditation we can “cultivate awareness and observation, and learn to interrupt the process of conditioned responses and reactions.”

For the One Woman Shoppers also raising babies and running a household, here are some necessary reminders and tips from Modern Mrs. Darcy. Though geared toward writers, I’m quite certain these apply to all of us: “Aim for a reasonable amount of work,” “Find others in your tribe,” and remember: “you are in training.”

Here’s one worth a bookmark: “71 Ways to Write a Social Media Update” from Kevan Lee on the Buffer blog. The list will spark inspiration and give you a blueprint to writing Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram updates that engage your audience. My tip: sit down and batch write a bunch at once!

Advice I wish I had received 10 years ago: “Last Year of College? Forget the Job Hunt and Start Freelancing Instead” from Brazen Life. For our One Woman Shoppers still in high school and college, good on you for starting so young! For those of us well beyond college, it’s time to spread the freelancing love to our younger counterparts.

We all want to be financially successful. But what’s going to set those of us who succeed from those of who don’t apart? Kali Hawlk offers these “7 Habits of Financially Successful People.” How many of the seven describe you?

Great news! “People who engage in 'workplace Internet leisure browsing’ are about 9 percent more productive than those who don’t." But it’s not all fun and games - you have to learn to do it right: learn How To Waste Time Properly with this read from Nautilus.

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.

Does your business sell a product online? You'll want to read this: Surprising Mobile Ecommerce Statistics That Will Change The Way You Do Business, from the whip-smart peeps at Kissmetrics. Keep this in mind: Mobile users constitute the most valuable customer segment, because they are most likely to convert.

If you've been thinking about trying Google Hangouts but just aren't quite sure how to use the free tool, check out this post from powerhouse Nathalie Lussier. From team meetings to webinars and tutorials to web shows, you might have just found your new best friend.

Anyone else fear for their Twitter networking capabilities last week when this leaked? "Twitter CFO says a Facebook-style filtered feed is coming, whether you like it or not." Yikes. But fret not; it's not happening, according to this article form Mashable. Please resume all normal activity. Phew.

Just looking at this infographic from Happify makes me, well, happy. It's called Why Pets Makes Us Happier and Healthier -- something I think all pet owners can agree on. If you didn't already have a four-legged companion keeping you company at your home office, you'll soon want to -- pet owners are more conscientious and social, and having a pet in the office reduces the stress of workers. Hello, Fido!

Bit of a lengthy read here despite the title, but totally worth it: How to Persuade Anyone of Anything in Ten Seconds. James Altucher puts his "elevator pitch" in context of approaching people on the street at 3 a.m., but read through this, and I have no doubt you'll step away with inspiration for bettering your interactions in your solopreneur biz.

As a copywriter, it was so good to see this out there: Don't Be a Copy Catfisher, from my colleague Brandy Morris. Despite never even hearing of "catfishing" before (have you?), I loved her point: "catch and release isn't exactly a long term business plan". Clever copy will get your clients in the door, but what's keeping them with you?

Short + sweet: here's "The Easiest Way to Save a Fortune on Content" from my writing buddy Joel at Business Casual Copywriting. As time-strapped (and boot-strapped) solopreneurs, it's wise to make our content stretch as far as possible, without sacrificing quality.

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.

When your content marketing falls by the wayside for your biz, know you’re not alone. And remember -- it’s not JUST a blog post. Onboardly presents the harsh realities and honest truths about content marketing in this article by Renee Warren, “Time Is Not On Your Side: The Truth About Content Marketing.”

Paying for stock photos? Stop. Right. Now. Erika Jordan of Hey Boss Lady has three recommendations for high quality images, with a hefty price tag of… zero. Your blog will thank you!

Some say that hashtags are the new branding. Agree or disagree, here’s 3 Ways to Use Hashtags to Enhance Your Brand -- and increase your engagement on social media sites. #win

Multipassionate solopreneurs: next time you’re feeling down on your approach, read this. The piece that resonates: “I’m multipassionate not to be an expert of many things, or even to be an expert at nothing. I’m multipassionate because I’m curious, because I love learning, and I derive a soul-glowing satisfaction from my explorations.” Amen to that, sister.

On marketing: a super simple, yet remarkably important reminder from the guy who (literally) wrote the book(s): “Marketing used to be what you say. Now it’s what you do.”

How much time do you spend successfully onboarding new clients? Get the skinny on how Paul Jarvis revamped his onboarding process for the good of his business and his clients’ time. I guarantee it’ll inspire at least one change in your ways.

Just for fun, because it’s (unofficially) fall: 50 Pumpkin Recipes. (I’m not a pumpkin lover, but I live with someone who lives + breathes it in autumn.) What’s your favorite fall treat?

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: career coach and creative startup strategist Heather Rees.

Looking to increase creativity or cultivate that really great idea? Stop brainstorming - at least in the traditional sense - and start “brainwriting”. That’s what the ladies and gents at Fast Company are telling us, and for good reason: the first ideas said out loud are usually not the best ideas, but they end up getting the most attention. Don’t fall down that trap.

Have dreams of moving to Bali and working 20 hours a week from a hammock while pulling in six figures? This guy has a reality check for you. It’s time to start asking for help and utilizing community to think bigger, smarter and more strategically about your exit plan, oh solopreneur.

There’s been quite a lot of talk and debate about the changing nature of content marketing. Duct Tape Marketing gathered a superb collection of insight from some of the industry’s best. Take notes and get ready to act.

There’s always a new way to make your blog better -- and the focus often falls on photos. These 15 tips from Design Your Own Blog show you how to avoid the mistakes that most often occur when using images on your blog.

If you’re a purpose-driven entrepreneur whose bottom line is more than just profit, then you’ll enjoy this collection of 100 inspiring do-gooders. When you’re done being inspired by these entrepreneurs and their enterprises, take the quiz to find out what kind of do-good entrepreneur you are.

There are real prices to pay when you start your own business – and they're not always the kind that come out of a bank account. This article explores The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship. One Woman Shoppers: how much of this sounds familiar to you?

Think you don’t have time to build your business? Consider Bryan Orr: he has eight kids, runs a 27-person company and has a side gig. His attitude toward time management and hacks for getting stuff done are worth considering.

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: content creator Nell Casey.

Despite hearing a lot about Trello recently (a free project management app based on visual boards), I had trouble seeing how I could make it work in my solo biz. That is, until I found this awesome video from Michelle Nickolaisen of Bombchelle on how to use Trello to organise your guest posting. A bonus: it’ll open you up to other possible ways you can make Trello work for your solo biz, too.

Good headlines are super important to ensuring that people actually click through to read your blog and find out how clever you are - you know that. But writing a great headline that’s interesting, funny and smart is a challenge. This post from Kate Toon on Writing Headlines: The Ultimate Guide is crazy helpful. (Yes it’s long, but sooo worth it!)

Fostering your personal brand is incredibly important in this digital age. Here are three steps from copywriter Chelsea Krost that you can take today to build your personal brand and grow your business.

Suffering from social media overwhelm? Take a deep breath, and check out these six super simple ideas to streamline your social media to do list from Stephanie of Stylings and Stories for Design Sponge.

If you’re anything like me, the space that I work in really influences the quality of my work. It’s a constant battle to keep my desk clear, but I’m working towards a chic and tidy workspace.

A great thing about working from home is being able to pop down to the kitchen whenever I want. But due to my extreme laziness, lunch often consists of a handful of nuts and a piece of bread and butter, or a roll from the local takeaway. No more! I’m making my way through this list of 35 Quick and Healthy Low-Calorie Lunches from Greatist.

Finally, I leave you with a challenge. One thing I’m sure we could all do a bit better is focus when it comes to our work. Check out this article from Marketing Your Creativity on How to Get More Done Everyday as a Creative Entrepreneur. As we start a new week, how about we all promise to try “strengthening our focus muscle” together?

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: web developer Tiffany Breyne.

As a solopreneur, it’s important not only to pay attention to your income, but to have a positive relationship with it! Leah Manderson takes this scary topic and makes it approachable. Check out How to Change Your Money Mindset + 7 Mindsets To Adopt Today for some tips on how to do just that.

Video has undoubtedly become a major marketing asset for many businesses. Not sure where to begin, or how to prepare? Sarah Morgan of XOSarah breaks down her strategy for video blogs in 7 ways to shoot a better video blog.

Gold star find: learn the e-newsletter philosophies of 13 well-respected business owners who have a successful email following. Visit Abby Kerr and The Voice Bureau to download her free e-book, The Oeuvre of The E-Letter.

In case anyone needs it soon (just sayin’)… A Script For Quitting Your Job from Create as Folk.

Have you heard this advice before? “If you’re unhappy and you know it, just change!” But how? Kim Lawler lays out some realistic action steps for creating change in Why “If you’re not happy, change it” is the worst piece of advice… ever.

Need to figure out how to get things done without wearing yourself down? Watch Natalie Sisson of The Suitcase Entrepreneur talk about how to manage your time, energy and business like a boss. (It’s 3:30 and well worth every second.)

Oh, Sarah Von Bargen. What would life be without her endless wisdom and wit, especially when it comes to running a business? She does it again this month on her small business blog with 8 Things You Can (and Should!) Do When Business Is Slow.

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: designer, art lover, and shop owner Tess Blankenship.

Dreaming up headlines can be quite the headache. Go with the pros and follow these tips to write great headlines in less than 10 minutes. You’ll keep your audience reading to the end.

Feel like your online time is sucking your life away? Check out RescueTime to see how you’re really spending it. (You might not want to know the answer.) Use the tool, then start a plan for change!

Summer’s not over yet: there’s still time for beach reading. For an interesting business read to add to the mix (to me, business reads typically don’t feel beach worthy) this 12-book list has a bit of everything.

Every minute counts in the day for us solopreneurs, so I’ve been loving adding a ‘done’ list to my ‘to do’ list with the free tool iDoneThis. At the end of the day, I feel super accomplished -- even if my completed tasks didn’t necessarily start out on my ‘to do’ list. Celebrate!

Thinking about PR but don’t know who to approach on a topic? Help A Reporter Out (HARO) is a great aggregator of contacts and leads. It’s still a hit-and-miss game for getting picked up, but it’s a starting point (and idea generator, too!)

WordPress users: don’t miss this great summary of 20 fab WordPress plugins for better posting, blogging and sharing. Super helpful if you’re looking to update or just launching your site. The best part: allmost all are free!

As a designer, I’m a huge fan of learning new creative skills. So I was happy to find Creative Live - the format is interactive (and, as the name suggests, live), includes accompanying workbooks/worksheets, and is free! Classes can be purchased if you want to watch at your own leisure. A tip: if you register but can’t attend the entire class, registration allows you to at least download the workbooks/worksheets for parts you might miss.

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: freelance writer + editor Meghan Bliss

You have a website, right? Good. Is it accomplishing what you created it to accomplish? If you’re not sure, or if you think your website could use a helpful boost, download this FREE e-book from Donald Miller at StoryBrand about 5 Things Your Website Should Include to make it more successful.

Alli Worthington, cute-as-a-button (and highly successful) consultant and strategist, has quickly become a favorite source of mine for inspiration on the freelance life. She writes about the comparison trap as The Worst Way to Measure Your Success in this uplifting article, including ways to fight off the urge to compare ourselves to others.

In that same vein, Stephanie Halligan’s comparison cartoon is just one of many hand-drawn comics she writes as creator of The Empowered Dollar, where she uses her sense of humor (and a great artistic flair) to talk about paying down debt in favor of living a freer, fuller life.

Not in the mood to read right now? Check out the weekly podcast from The Accidental Creative to listen to discussions about creativity, curiosity, and more. It’s also be a good listening companion for those sleepy mornings when you just don’t feel like hitting the gym (because that’s not just me, right?!).

As if you needed another reason to ditch the cubicle in favor of solopreneur freedom, Sean Ogle writes about the 14 Things Location Rebels Can Do That Employees Can’t, including working from golf courses, enjoying midday matinees, napping when the urge strikes, and embarking on “epic quests” to achieve lifelong goals. Sounds like a win!

Okay, this read is on the longer side, but it is so. worth it. The Crossroads of Should and Must is an essay written by Elle Luna that examines the idea of a career versus a calling, including how the two can (and should) coincide. If you’ve ever felt weird for wanting to pursue a non-conventional or artistic career, her words will make you feel less alone...and much more empowered to take that leap of faith.

And finally, if you’re feeling overworked, uninspired, or under-appreciated this week, read this short and sweet Love Note to Entrepreneurs. Now give yourself a mental hug (heck, and a physical one) and keep on kicking butt.