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 Kory Woodard.

One of the most popular forms of passive income for us entrepreneurs is an ebook. If you're thinking of writing one, Lisa shared her experience with writing an ebook and sharing a very valuable piece of advice.

The internet makes our lives (and businesses) almost completely open to our friends and followers, which leads to the fast lane of comparison. Melissa shared a great tip to practice when you find yourself comparing your success to that of others'.

If you're part of the relatively new online service industry, chances are you've heard, "Oh, that's too expensive," many times. Corrina is challenging us to get rid of that statement and instead consider what goes on behind the scenes before stating "that's too expensive."

As a blogger, these tips on copyrights and avoiding stealing from Bethany are super important. You wouldn't want people stealing your work, so it's important you don't share without following the proper guidelines to avoid steal someone else's work.

Kelly has been thinking about a creatives' vacation for a while now, and it looks like it's happening! When Creatives Meet is a perfect time to meet and connect with fellow creative entrepreneurs (editor's note: When Creatives Meet can now be found on our calendar for solo business owners!).

Most of us are used to feeling no inspiration, but Amber is chatting about the opposite problem - too much inspiration. She's got great tips on what to do when you have too many ideas!

We're all looking for ways to make more money (even if we sometimes won't admit in). Amanda's got some great, simple tips on how to make more money in your next sale.

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.

Time to get away for a break, but hesitant to do it by yourself? It's sad that our friends and travel buddies don't enjoy the same level of freedom and flexibility in their schedules, but fret not as Darling Magazine shares tips for solo travel. "You’re a party of one, so let your choices run wild."

If you find yourself frustrated that your products and services aren't selling, check your call to action. Christine Kane argues that it’s probably lacking clarity. Don't make the mistake of assuming your audience knows what to do; tell them.

It's one the greatest challenges of being a one woman shop: our time is limited. Yet, if you’re anything like me, you struggle with saying no. This Zen Habits post gets you started on respectfully declining what isn't right for you. Relief!

Don't let the daunting task of writing a business plan hold you back from launching something spectacular. Start with the steps shared here, and mold it into a living, working document that works for and grows with you.

Has your phone become a permanent extension of your hand? (Guilty.) In this post, Gala Darling comes to the scary realization many of us solopreneurs face: by constantly having her phone in her hand, she's "checked out of real life, not engaging with other people, and barely present."

It never hurts to have a few life reminders. A personal favorite from this list: "Remember, it’s always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than the top of the one you don’t."

This one is for the feel good category: Kali Hawlk of Common Sense Millennial shares Four Reasons Why Women Make Powerful Entrepreneurs via GoGirl Finance. I think we can all share a virtual cheers to that!

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 Strategist for Introvert Entrepreneurs Rebecca Merrifield.

If you’re tired of hearing that life’s great mysteries will be revealed to you only once you "find your purpose" then coach and yogini Tara Mullarkey has some very simple yet powerful advice for you.

Keeping up with the many Facebook algorithm and page design changes can feel like a full-time job in itself, but don’t worry, Jon Loomer has you covered. Here he shares all of the up-to-the-minute image dimensions you need to make the most of Facebook marketing for your biz.

Whilst working from home has its indisputable perks, many an entrepreneur has fallen prey to the dark side (my guilty secret? Some days I could easily be mistaken for one of the great unwashed). If you could do with some help finding a healthy home-working balance, check out these useful tips from fellow freelancers.

This time last year Nikki Stern and Melissa Camilleri were two independent entrepreneurs struggling to find their way in the world. This inspiring story tells how everything changed once they joined forces, and illustrates the power we have as women when we "tend and befriend."

If you’re struggling with promoting your business online and could do with some straight-forward advice on how to get yourself seen and heard, check out Jules Taggart’s tips and raise your marketing game.

For a thought-provoking watch, 99U features an interview with Mental Floss author John Green as he argues that "curiosity is not the most important human trait—the urge to collaborate is" and discusses the importance of finding your own supportive online community.

Are you feeling the strain of digital overload? Sara Moss of We Are The Treasure Hunters has assembled the definitive guide to unplugging. Get ready to get a life beyond "bits and bytes."

Editor's note: looking for more resources for introverted solo business owners? Check out these two communities specifically for introverted solopreneurs!

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 Cuyler Ayers

Although I don't read as much as I would like, reading is a great way to find inspiration as an entrepreneur. I am always looking for new self-help/entrepreneur books to read and this list from Operation Entrepreneur blogger Ashley Brooks has replenished my list of books to read for the next few months, at least!

Every to-do list junkie, like me, loves tips and tricks for making lists more effective. I mean, if you’re going to make the list regardless, you might as well make sure it’s the best list ever, right? Nicole from A Life Less Bullshit gives us 3 to-do list mistakes (and how to fix ‘em!).

Many times I don’t know how to start a new project, I’ll become filled with negative self-talk and fear of not achieving my goals or failing miserably. Danielle Laporte shares 5 ways to just create and reminds us that if you don’t just do it, you’ll never know what could have been.

Do you think you need a fortune to start something big? Adam from Pencils of Promise started his organization with only $25! If you haven’t seen this interview from Marie Forleo, go NOW and watch it! It’s one of the most inspiring things I have seen in a very long time!

I am a sucker for any money saving tips I can get my hands on and last week Amanda Abella shared how she is saving $202 a month so that we can do it too. Hint: It’s all about cutting expenses.

Conversation is key when it comes to promoting and running a successful business. You want people to like you because when people like you they want to work with you, buy your stuff and will refer you to their friends and family. Conversation is a skill to be learned and with these tips you'll be a conversationalist in no time!

Content marketing is a task that all entrepreneurs have to excel at eventually in order to promote their business and stand out from the crowd. Entrepreneur.com gave us strategies from five industry-leading content marketers last week that will help you create brilliant marketing for your biz.

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: ebook editor Ashley Brooks.

Most people shy away from anything that makes them leave their comfort zone, but Jessica is reminding us that every new experience is a new opportunity to be inspired. Get out there and try something scary and new!

As one-woman shops, we all know how hard it is to step away from the business for even a few hours, much less a few days. But eventually, a leave of absence for vacation, maternity leave, or a medical situation will come knocking at your door. These 5 tips from Cori will keep your business running smoothly while you take a much-needed break.

We all need a little encouragement from women who have trod the hard road of business before us. This advice from Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, is sure to put some pep in your day!

Promoting your business without being obnoxious is like walking a tightrope. Ash from The Middle Finger Project reminds us that facts and figures bore people—and what you should do to promote yourself instead.

It's way too easy to get sucked into a cycle of doing whatever your client asks at the expense of your business (and your sanity!). Darling Magazine reminds us to say NO to people-pleasing and take back our lives!

If you're a blogger, you know how hard it can be to come up with new content. Luckily Alexandra Franzen has these amazing writing prompts to unlock new post ideas and general business inspiration!

Routines can be good, but sometimes they hold us back. Nicole shares the time menstrual cramps rocked her world and taught her to stop making excuses by breaking her out of her routine.

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 & branding expert Bethany Grow.

It's not too hard to convince anyone that they need a vacation, but Amber has me itching to take a business getaway! I'm sure many of us could use some time to relax, clear our heads, get inspired, and celebrate how far we've come!

Finally someone is challenging the ever popular "Lean In" mentality of Sheryl Sandberg. Isn't it time that we ladies stop filling our schedules and pyschic space with work and to-do lists and instead take some time to relax? We deserve it!

I don't know about you, but I feel like New Year's Eve was just yesterday! Where did the time go and what were those resolutions I set? Kyla Roma is here to remind you that you can keep improving and it's not too late to set some goals!

I'm sure many of us can relate to feeling misunderstood and alone. Meredith Bullock explains a recent experience of her own and what it taught her about handling relationships within her own business.

The ever vibrant Shenee shares ways to change the way you think about money and how it can help you make more as well as spend it better! A great post for anyone that has been told their services are too expensive or on the flip side thought that something they wanted cost too much!

Everyone is "crazy busy" these days which may sound like a good thing, but is it actually negatively effecting our work? Maybe it's time to slow down and stop glorifying being busy.

Shauna shares some great tips on searching out and defining your niche that are helpful not only to designers, but creative entrepreneurs of all types! Develop your portfolio to represent your best work and the niche you've established for yourself then win over the clients you truly want to work with!

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!

What do you do when you need to change direction in your business? "Pivot ‘n’ change direction" says Nikki Groom.

Kory Woodard gives us an inside look at some of her recent feelings of "meh" and reminds us that the struggle is part of the story.

Love this: "The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."

Have nagging tasks hanging over your head? Here's how Gretchen Rubin's uses "power hour" to accomplish hers (okay, it's not quite as fun at that kind of power hour, but it looks effective!).

An important reminder in your solo business: something done differently doesn't make it wrong.

We're always on the hunt for new ways to work more effectively- maybe we'll test-drive this idea for playing workstation popcorn.

You're probably pretty familiar with the perks and downsides of being a solopreneur, but do you know how to combat the bad sides? Maria of Red Slice (an awesome resource for one woman shops!) shares some suggestions- including having a personal Board of Directors, which we also advocate!

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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 & branding expert Amy Chick.

Producing your own ebook can be a great way to diversify your income, and can help generate leads for your other services. XOSarah shows you how to plan, write and sell an ebook that is valuable to your readers and helps boost your bottom line.

Let’s be honest: asking for client testimonials can be stressful. Jenny Shih breaks down her process for getting killer testimonials in this super-helpful post, complete with a video.

Guest blogging is a super important strategy for your business growth. If you’re not sure where to start, Halley at Evolve and Succeed shares her fab guest post pitch template.

If you’ve ever dealt with an extra chatty client you know how tough it can be to get clear on what they expect, and to keep the conversation from sucking up your valuable time. Jenika of Psychology for Photographers (and other creative professionals!) shares several ways to keep the conversation on track - whether you meet your clients face to face, or on Skype.

Pinterest overload makes it hard to remember that changing for the better is not glamorous - whether you’re focused on improving your productivity, your health, or something else. Nicole gives us a much needed reminder on A Life Less Bullshit that change is painful, but so worth it.

When Farideh Ceaser launched her Tribe Finder Podcast, it was featured on the New & Noteworthy list on iTunes after four days. (Four days!) She shares her strategy, along with a goldmine of resources if you’re thinking of launching your own podcast.

Not sure if your business will survive long term, or fizzle away? Rebecca at The Marketing Movement calls out the 6 signs you’ll make it for the long haul.

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!

We're excited to announce that we've highlighted 50 different websites through Weekly Finds. Help us hit the 100 mark by emailing us your best blog posts!

We love Alexandra Franzen's stance on urgency: "I don’t assign 'urgent' projects to my assistant. I don’t work with people who operate in a perpetual state of self-created drama. And I don’t play with people who blow things out of proportion."

Natasha of SystemsRock shares some of our core beliefs in her Do Less, Be More Productive post- like encouraging you to stop desperately searching for balance.

Ready to build a media kit but looking for some great examples? Jeni of The Blog Maven compiled a helpful roundup of media kits- complete with screenshots.

Remember: income is not always directly related to effort- and other important money/entrepreneurship reminders from Laura of Create as Folk (thanks to XO Sarah for drawing our attention to the post!).

Don't let ambition get the best of you. As Maxie says, "I’ve had these moments– the one where I want something so terribly bad it not only consumes my thoughts, conversations and goals, but it causes me concern too."

Have a skill you want to share or learn? Don't miss Oh My Handmade Goodness' Oh My! Skill Swap.

Here's what getting blown off says about you.

And some highlights from the past few weeks: One Woman Shop founder Cristina Roman on the Go Fire Yourself podcast chatting about solopreneurship and being laid-off, Katja Hunter shares her multipassionate story, Ashley Brooks experiments with using the Covey Time Management Matrix, we share some best practices on email marketing from some creative female entrepreneurs, we introduce a productivity e-course, and Nidhi Thapar of Live in the Grey encourages you to blend- not balance- your work and your life.

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!

Ready to rethink and expand your revenue streams? Take note of these 9 ways to turn your knowledge and expertise into viable products and services (bring on the resales, shared resources, subscriptions, leases, and other often-overlooked ways to make money).

"If having a steady stream of part-time income would be in service to your peace of mind, DO IT." -Stephanie St. Claire shares 11 things she wish she knew when she started her business (and manages to echo all of our sentiments in one blog post!).

We love this lesson on marketing from James Bond movies on Go Fire Yourself. Takeaway: Bond movies are formulaic and that's okay- your marketing can be too.

Love time management tricks? Then test-drive The Pomodoro Technique, which encourages you to work in 25 minute increments with a 5 minute break in between.

"Empowering, inspiring, and championing are really great core values – but what’s the action?" -Braid Creative on figuring out what you want to spend your days doing.

Are you making use of your "Thank you page," the page people land on when they join your email list? Ali Rittenhouse lays out 7 creative ways to make the most of it (andddd our to do list just grew).

"I’ve talked to so many amazing women who have been brave enough to admit their secret dream to me. I’ve heard inspiring ideas that range from becoming a travel show host … to starting a home office decorating business … to moving across the world to teach and empower impoverished women. These comments usually slip out in a hurried tone and are prefaced by something like, 'I know this sounds crazy, but…'" -Kristen Walker on DC Ladies

And this week on One Woman Shop: we chat with copywriters about what you should know and do before hiring them, we want to hear your crazy/interesting/unique stories, we lay out the ins and outs of making an editorial calendar for your business, we share some wise words from Marie Forleo about making time your friend, Tara Joyce shares her best practices for pay what it's worth pricing, we highlight why we love FollowerWonk, and we share 9 easy ways to find and save money in your business- right now.

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