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    July 28, 2015
    Best Apps For Bloggers

    As a writer and a blogger, apps are absolute godsends. I can write anywhere, save it, and have it uploaded either to my Dropbox or blog instantly. Some apps are great for writing prompts, some for productivity, some for organization, and others for plain old word processing. For the best ipad apps that make life easier for bloggers, check out this post by Nicole Etolen at Pretty Opionated:

    BlogPad Pro- for those who publish their blogs on WordPress

    WordSwag- photo editing app that creates pinnable images with text on them

    Pinterest app- to get your posts out there + Tailwind to schedule pins

    Filebrowser- can grab photos from your PC instantly

    Photo Credit: Incase 


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    July 24, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Marketing Ideas
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    Great tips for online marketing!

     


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    July 22, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Office With Chalkboard Wall

    Photo from A Casa Que a Minah Vo Queria 


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    July 20, 2015
    Work From Home Ideas For Stay At Home Parents

    (Or anyone else looking to make a few extra bucks).

    Do a simple search for “make money online,” and chances are that the survey sites pop up. While it’s fine to do some of these in your free time, they simply don’t produce a solid income. You might earn twenty bucks a month, if you’re lucky. If you are looking for real work-from-home opportunities, check out this post by Josie at Smart Money Mom for some fresh ideas:

    -Try some freelance writing- BootsnAllKnowledge Nuts, and ListVerse are all sites that offer cash for your writing skills.

    -Become a website tester-  Websites testers can make as much as $20-$40 an hour by testing out websites and making sure they work correctly.

    -Become a customer service rep- Big names like Apple and American Express are always looking for in-home customer service reps and pay upwards of $14 per hour.

    Photo Credit: Megan Ann 


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    July 15, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Clean and Neutral

    Photo from Home Designing Tumblr


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    July 13, 2015
    Beyond Proofreading: What To Check Before You Publish A Post

    As a professional blogger, your words are your money. Your posts are how you connect with readers, advertisers, and even sponsors. This doesn’t mean you need to get hung up on everything being perfect, but it does mean that you need to double- or even triple check your posts before you hit that publish button. Read this post by Becca at Amuse Your Bouche for what to look for:

    -Include a pinnable image

    -Add titles and texts to images so it shows up in google searches

    -Included all links

    -Proofread for grammatical and spelling errors.

    Photo Credit: Joanna Penn 


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    July 6, 2015
    How To Beat Back Writer’s Block

    Anyone who has ever had to write anything has experienced the pain of writers block. If you have to write a lot for your job, (or for fun), you probably face it more than you’d like. You know how it goes- staring at the blank screen for hours, procrastinating, writing some, then deleting everything, and sometimes just plain old giving up and closing the computer. But, as a blogger, freelance writer, or other professional, you just can’t afford to have writers block! Check out these blog prompts by Sarah at Stylish Sassy and Classy for help if you are feeling a little stuck:

    -Current goals

    -Guest post

    -Currently raving

    -Gift guides

    -Travel- packing, trip

    -Product reviews

    -Feature other bloggers

    Photo Credit: Drew Coffman 


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    June 30, 2015
    Growing Your Business As An Introvert

    I am 100% introvert. I enjoy spending social time with my immediate family and close friends, I need time alone to recharge, and the thought of meeting large groups of strangers fills me with terror. This is exactly opposite of the personality that most people picture successful business people with. In order to sell yourself and your brand, a certain degree of extroversion is needed. You have to be able to risk putting yourself out there (something especially difficult for introverts), and be able to reach out to people, even if “networking” sounds absolutely nightmarish to you. But, being a little on the shy side does not mean that your business will fail. In fact, there are many successful introverts out there! Check out this post by the Biz Ladies at Design Sponge for tips on building your brand as an introvert:

    -Send an individual email out to someone you admire, ask to go out for coffee. Networking on a one on one basis is much easier than dealing with large groups.

    -If you are going to a conference, research the guest list. Reach out to one or two people online before the event so you will have a familiar face!

    -Have a strong online presence- have a blog, share others’ posts, email others and ask to write guest posts.

    Photo Credit: Nevil Zaveri 


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    June 26, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: How To Fix A Wet Phone
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    If you got water on your phone or tablet, it might not be the end! Turn it off immediately, then watch this video for how to save it.


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    June 22, 2015
    Staying Organized When Working From Home

    When working from home, it’s twice as important to have an organizational system in place. At a traditional job, you usually have a designated office or other work space to keep all your work-related materials. At home though, it can be extremely easy to let your work life and home life blend together. Amid the chaos of spouses, kids, pets, friends, get-togethers, and other household activities, it can be extremely easy to lose track of important things if you do not have a specific place for them. Don’t let that happen to you! Check out this post by Organized Creatives for some great tips on staying professional and put-together, even when working from home:

    -Make a to-do list. Prioritize everything from most important to least important. Ask yourself- does it have to be done today? Will it make me money? Will it help you reach a goal?

    -Buy a recycle bin and put it next to your desk. At the end of the day, do a sweep of your workspace and get rid of anything non-essential. Keep a shredder handy for sensitive documents.

    Photo Credit: Becky Wetherington 


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