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'm a sucker for productivity tips. In a recent post, Nathalie Lussier offers seven of her tricks to get more done in a day. One I consistently need to remind myself of: "a little R&R goes a long way toward helping you achieve your goals and stay productive."

I can't stress this enough to my copywriting clients: use every opportunity you can to infuse your personality into your communications. So naturally, I loved this post from PR rockstar Melissa Cassera on crafting email signatures that will leave people begging for more.

There are so many great reminders in here on life, in general. Never hurts to revisit a list like this once in a while: Thirty Things I've Learned. My favorite for solopreneurs: "#10. The greatest reflection of your priorities is your time."

There's a fantastic discussion going on in the One Woman Shop forum right now about integrating yoga into your daily routine. One member pointed me to start with free videos from Tara Stiles -- and now there's no turning back. Enjoy this goldmine! (Oh, and wondering how you can become a member? Check this out.)

Travel bug ever creep up on you? If it hasn't, this series of TED Talks will inspire it to the max. These 11 talks are billed as "Talks to give you wanderlust". Dream on, friends. (And make it happen!)

Love this business advice from my fellow copywriter over at The Writing Whisperer. Approach your days and your work opportunities with "intention over investment". Read more in "The Other ROI."

And, finally -- since I've been running myself a bit ragged lately (as us solopreneurs tend to do from time to time), I've had to check in with this often. Author Farnoosh Brock offers 42 Positive Affirmations Every Successful Entrepreneur Believes (Even If They Never Admit It). Dig in, and get the post-it notes out!

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: virtual assistant Tracey Hamilton.

Does your morning consist of walking around like a zombie as you try to get the ring of the clock alarm out of your head? Take a deep breath and pick up some tips from professional success coach Rosetta Thurman. She lays out how to create an inspiring morning routine that will have you chanting 'namaste' in no time.

Podcast Fuel: As a solo business owner and One Woman Shop, there is typically no one there to get us revved up when we’re feeling energy deficient. Make a fruit smoothie and let John Dumas of Entrepreneur On Fire get your blood pumping and creative juices flowing, seven days a week.

Do you need protection? Legal protection, that is. Well Ash Ambirge and Rachel Rodgers of Small Business Bodyguard can keep you safe and sound by making sure all the things you hold dear in your business are well guarded.

As a newbie blogger, I scour the internet earth to find tips, tools, and info in one place that I can use to improve. My first stop is at the Fizzle, a website designed for you to learn from experts and commiserate on forums with other aspiring minds.

Do you have stickies everywhere in your attempt to be organized? Dump the madness and get advice from The Productivity Experts’ Cathy Sexton on how to get organized so you can regain your sanity.

Ready, set, create! If you are in need of a more creative way to map out your next goal check out Coggle. Coggle is a mind-mapping tool that lets you gather your thoughts in one visual spot and take it with you for easy reference. Best part? It’s free!

Hit a slump and need some motivation in reaching your business goals? Take a listen to Gene Hammett’s weekly podcast Leaders In The Trenches where he highlights Kim Walsh-Phillip’s inspiring journey that led her to make over a million dollars in revenue for her business.

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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.

Podcast alert: Coach Jennie, the self-proclaimed Audacity Coach, launched her new podcast, Roller Derby for the Soul last month. Each day, Monday-Friday, she serves up a "swift kick in the audacity" in four minutes or less. Perfect motivation for your morning or your midday slump.

Thinking about entrepreneurship? If you find yourself nodding furiously in agreement to any of these "50 Signs You Need to Start Your Own Business", it's time. Heart beating fast? Stomach a-flutter? You know it's right - take action!

Bloggers: struggling to find images to share on your posts? Laura Roeder, of The Dash fame, shares 3 Killer Sources of Copyright-Free Images, and in her typically thorough way, suggests how to legally use them.

If you're unclear on how to practice minimalism in your life, The Minimalists offer an important reminder in this post, The Inherent Irony of Minimalism: "What people don’t understand... is that minimalism is not about deprivation. Rather, minimalists—anyone who’s deliberately seeking a life with less stuff—find more value in the stuff they do own."

For a good mix of motivation + fun: artist Lisa Congdon shares whimsical + inspiring quotes in her blog's "Words for the Day" series. In her designer-ly way, they're not only fun to read, they're pleasantly easy on the eyes.

Need fresh ideas for increasing blog visibility + traffic? Chuck Sambuchino suggests optimizing old posts, inviting quality guest content, and strategic formatting as just three of "7 Easy Things You Can Do Right Now to Get More Blog Traffic" for The Write Life.

Creative slump? Get in the habit of taking a walk to break up your day. Greg Ciotti from Sparring Mind writes this in-depth post proving there's more to benefit from it than you might think: Beethoven’s Surprisingly Simple Habit for Creative Breakthroughs.

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 + illustrator Michelle Schwartzbauer.

Getting started in planning your personal brand or just need a check in? Levo League shares this guide as a nice place to get started in becoming an "online celebrity".

This fabulous female and her team bring together services, e-courses, tips and resources for creating an Ecommerce shop and living your brand. Owner and designer Emily reaches out personally and offers great free e-courses. Their portfolio of brand strategy and website design is truly inspiring!

This simple list of 5 Outdated Marketing Strategies shed some light on what I could improve on in my own business. Clean and simple, these tips bring what could be an overwhelming task back to reality.

Here's an interesting change of perspective on under promising and over delivering. Is it really good for your client relationships?

For my fellow designers - Jessica Swift’s eBook on licensing art and thriving as a full time creative is a gem. Read personal stories of successful creatives, find insight into businesses, and address your strategy through guided questions.

On Happiness and Success: a great podcast from fellow female entrepreneur and owner of Minneapolis design studio and gallery, Light Grey Art Lab. I put this on when I need peace, focus, and time to reevaluate my strategies.

Last, but not least, some bedside reading: Career Books Every Young Woman Needs to Read. Love that Tina Fey made the cut!

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.

If you’re a solopreneur who trades time for money, you know the feeling of wondering how you’ll scale your biz. That’s why this post from Careful Cents’ Carrie Smith detailing “10 Simple Hacks to Earning More Money With Less Work” is clutch!

Unless you’re a copywriter, writing for your biz is probably one of the hardest things you have to do. How can you better your writing? Read! Here’s a list from Boost Blog Traffic’s Marsha Stopa on “9 Essential Books That Will Transform Your Writing Forever”. Even for us copywriters, these resources are fantastic.

To celebrate her four-year anniversary as a solopreneur this past April, Natalie Sisson of Suitcase Entrepreneur chronicled “48 Lessons to Apply to Create Freedom in Business + Adventure in Life”. The podcast is great while you’re driving (I listened twice!), but if you’re a notetaker like me, she was kind enough to write the list out as well.

Watch out productivity, you’re about to SKYROCKET! I just discovered the 30/30 app - a beautifully-designed interface for scheduling out your day in timed chunks. Don’t forget to schedule in those stretch/coffee/guitar/book breaks!

Content marketing or link building? It’s NOT all the same. Search Engine Journal provides a breakdown of the differences and what’s going to help your site’s visibility in “Link Building and Content Marketing: Two Different Peas in a Pod”.

You’ve heard about co-working spaces (an awesome way to switch up your solopreneur workspace!), but if you’ve struggled to find one that caters to individuals, you’re not alone. Here’s what Alexis Grant found, and why she’s taking advantage of it.

This one’s just for fun, because, well, it’s summer! Forget life-size chess; how about giant Jenga? The ladies behind A Beautiful Mess share a DIY project for outdoor Jenga (on steroids). My proposal: up the ante + add in some laughs by writing challenges on random blocks!

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! 

Feel like you're underutilizing LinkedIn? Sandy Jones-Kaminski's got some quick tips for cultivating your personal brand on the professional networking site.

We're loving Mackenzie Horan's Career Spotlight features- especially this one with Lindsay Wagner of Lindsay's Necklaces (a great read for the aspiring jewelry designers).

We could definitely some of Lisa Davies' tips to declutter our navigation menus!

Do you ever feel like browsing Pinterest discourages you rather than lifts you up? You're not alone- here's the flip side of Pinspiration.

We know you're using social media, but are you spending time just listening? Andrew Kirschner's got a few actionable tips on gathering insights from social media over on the Freelance to Freedom Project.

We recommend taking 5 minutes out of your day to implement Sarah Lewis' tips for a more secure WordPress site.

Lastly, Nik suggests ditching the scatter-shot approach and using a market map for finding clients instead.

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 Sierra Elmore

Is Facebook dead? Not even close! April explains why you should still use Facebook and how to sneak past Facebook’s algorithm.

When you’re doing nearly everything by yourself it’s easy to get burned out. Ashley gives great tips on how to avoid stress and still get everything done.

...And when you bounce back, Angel talks about how to make sure to make your blog a priority.

Need some motivation for your business or workout? Georgie’s got you covered with 9 gorgeous pick-me-up quotes.

Work at home women, this one’s for you. We’re all guilty of wearing pajamas on, um, maybe a daily basis. Xandra gives a few style pointers on how to rock your sleepwear.

If you’re lost when it comes to Photoshop, Mo created a series for learning how to use this powerful photography and design tool. This is the first lesson.

Online consumer shops, worried that it’s a B2B world out there? Nathalie has a great video and blog post about how to make it big as a B2C company.

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!

Half-heartedly committing to new projects, products, or collaborations? Here's why "yeah, sure" isn't good enough (contains the f-word...a lot!).

Ruthie Abraham is our new go-to for email marketing advice- here are 10 email ideas for your online shop that you can put into action immediately.

We love the quote "a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle," but here's a little variation: "if you have knowledge, let others light their candle in it." Thanks to Mel of A Prettier Web for introducing us to this quote!

Want all kinds of resources for your solo business in one three places? Check out The Ultimate Resource List from The Creative Solutions Project, our list of resources and tools, and this list of solo business tools and resources.

"Be prepared to bump into wonder." A poem about shaking things up by James Broughton via Kristy Swanson.

Clients making you miserable? Hint: it's not them, it's you.

Not into blogging? Here's how to do effective content marketing in a different way.

Weekly Finds: 100 Sources Edition

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 designer / blog & business consultant Sarah Morgan.

If you find yourself caught up in the race for growing blog traffic and followers, Paul has an important reminder.

Rebecca's interview series Nice Package is full of great info on packaging services. I especially loved her chat with Sally Hope about her experiences building a one-woman business.

Nikki is one of my favorites for butt-kicking business advice. She shares how she was able to book herself solid months in advance.

Still trying to figure out a social media plan? Bethany shares tips for getting started along with 50 content ideas.

Ahh, the ever-present issue of being the boss, "I have so many ideas, which do I choose??" Danielle has 10 questions to help you decide.

We've all had those panicked thoughts the night before a launch, "Is this good enough?What if it flops? Should I just give up and get a job?" Rebecca shares her strategy for keeping fear at bay when launching a new product.

Meg wrote about one of my favorite topics - doing all the things, and doing them well, while still holding on to your sanity. Here are her 5 tips for keeping your shit together.

P.S. As of this edition of Weekly Finds, we have officially rounded up posts from 100 different sources. We love introducing you to new solo business thought leaders and will continue to do so through this column and others!

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 Allyssa Barnes.

Do you feel like a dork sometimes? I know I do. Lindsay shares why being a dorky small business owner has its advantages.

It’s easy to get hung up in the day to day tasks of running a business and sometimes goals get forgotten along the way. By using an Evernote notebook and setting aside some time daily, Alex shows how easy it is to create habits to make you more successful.

As small business owners, we’ve all ran into that dreaded slow period. Don’t let the slowness get you down! Erin shares why it’s the perfect time to work on your business. Or you know, take a much needed vacation.

Looking to stay out of debt and maybe even save money? Melyssa shares 9 tips to help you conquer your finances, whether it’s for your business, yourself, or both.

It’s the age old question business owners face -- should you work for free? According to Derek, yes, you can and should work for free if the opportunity meets certain requirements.

Pinterest can be a great driver of traffic to your website. If you’re not seeing results, here’s a breakdown of what makes an image pinworthy.

Cringe at the thought of selling yourself? Stephanie has some tips that will help you take the icky feeling out of selling.