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    March 2, 2015
    Where To Find Gorgeous Stock Photos

    Many bloggers take their own photos, and I think that is awesome. My mom is a talented photographer, but I did not inherit her gift. Somehow, all my photos look grainy, the timing is always off, and the lighting is usually terrible. That’s why I use stock photos that I find on Flickr Creative Commons! Having alluring pictures is vital to having a successful blog. No one wants to read a solid wall of text. For where to get photos for your blog, check out this post by Brittany Bullen at International Blogger Association:

    -Shutterstock- gives you one free photo a day for having an account


    -Pixel Perfect Digital

    -Stock Free Images

    Photo Credit: epsos de 

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    February 23, 2015
    How To Market Your Business On Instagram

    I love Instagram! I use it solely for fun- I post personal pictures of my nephew, my cat, crafts I’m working on, the weather, selfies- whatever strikes me and whatever I’m doing with my life at the moment. However, I also follow several people that use Instagram to promote their businesses: everyone from Realtors to tattooists to bakers to makeup artists to jewelry makers to musicians. There’s room for everyone! For tips on using Instagram to advertise your business, check out this post by Laura Wallis at Web Navigator Gal:

    -Make the most of your bio. Choose a user name that is part of your brand. You want to keep the same image across social networks if you can.

    -Use a mix of images- advertise your business, but have fun! Let your followers know the real you.

    -Use filters to beautify your photos

    -Use hashtags to gain more followers and spread the word.

    Photo Credit: Just Shireen 

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    February 20, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Marketing Ideas For Online Businesses

    Some really great ideas, plus this guy is hilarious. “A drop of sand!” Haha…What?

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    February 18, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Corner Workspace In Bedroom

    Photo from Shelterness

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    February 13, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Becoming Inspired To Write

    What a great video on overcoming writer’s block and coming up with original ideas!

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    February 12, 2015
    Making Your Blog More Professional

    Appearances aren’t everything, but they are pretty darned important. Making a good first impression, either in person or online, is the key to being successful. Having a professional looking blog will draw in more readers, and ultimately lead to you getting more clients (if your blog is business related). Simply plugging in a pre-made WordPress theme and using comic sans just isn’t cutting it anymore. For tips on how to streamline your blog and make it even more professional, check out this post by Em at Mascara Warrior:

    -Add a custom favicon

    -Remove the Navbar

    -Purchase and install a custom domain

    -Install Google Analytics

    -Add a Pin It hover button

    Photo Credit: Danny Sullivan 

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    February 4, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Desk Looking Out Into Room, Not Wall

    Photo from Pennies and Blessings

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    February 3, 2015
    Thinking Of Working From Home? Start Here

    The thought of no longer commuting is extremely appealing to people. When I was a teenager, my Dad commuted every day back and forth to a big city. He was constantly stressed out, hated being stuck in a tiny cubicle, and was always grumpy. It’s really bad for your health! But, since he worked with computers, he was able to transition to working from home instead. The difference was noticeable almost instantly. If you would rather work from home, see if your company offers telecommuting! If not, or if you are a stay-at-home parent looking to make some extra cash, check out these legit websites from Bob at Christian PF. They all are rated by the Better Business Bureau, and can make you some real money:

    -LiveOps: These guys offer call center services and provide opportunities for folks to sign up as work-from-home agents who answer and field telephone calls.

    -Global Test Market: Pay you about $5 per survey that you take.

    Photo Credit: David Martyn Hunt 

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    January 27, 2015
    Working From Home and Overwhelmed? Read This Post

    Work from home jobs are seriously the best thing ever, but they do come with a few drawbacks. You can do your work from your bed with Netflix running in the background, but it’s honestly extremely hard to stay focused. Working in a cubicle with an overbearing boss breathing down your neck is worse, but at least you get your work done. When working at home, it’s extremely easy to let the projects pile up- not to mention housework, or even taking care of kids. It’s also extremely easy to get overwhelmed. So, take a deep breath and get back on track! Check out this post by Johoanna Robson at Bubbling Cauldron Project for the best ways to press on and ease the anxiety:

    -Don’t be afraid to say no, and stop people pleasing

    -Delegate- put your kids to work around the house. Hire designers for logos and other projects. Team up with another writer for certain posts.

    -Better your time management with to-do lists: (I would literally never get anything done without mine!)

    -Take responsibility- If there are some projects you can graciously get out of, then do it. Work through those that you can’t. Set goals and work steadily towards them. Before you know it your plate will be clear again.

    Photo Credit: Monica R 

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    January 21, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Delightful Workspace

    Photo from In My Own Style

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