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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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    June 19, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Treat Yourself When Working From Home
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    Great tips on making working from home more enjoyable!

     


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    June 17, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Office Space For Two

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    June 11, 2015
    Staying Focused And Productive When Working From Home

    The best thing, yet somehow also the worst thing, about working from home is the total freedom and flexibility. It’s great for people who need to make their own schedules: parents, college students, or people that have a lifestyle that requires lots of travel (military spouses, for example). However, the fact that you never have to leave your home to work can make it hard to actually make yourself work. For tips on being more productive, and remaining focused, check out this post by Christina Tiplea at Embracing Simple Blog:

    -Set aside specific times to do chores. Or, create a rule that you will do no housework during working hours.

    -Listen to music to keep yourself going at a good pace. Maybe invest in a good pair of noise canceling headphones.

    -Create a dedicated workspace. Don’t work in your bed, don’t watch Netflix in your workspace.

    -Set boundaries- create a schedule for yourself and stick to it. Let friends/kids know that you are working during that time, and that you aren’t available for chats.

    Photo Credit: Mark Hunter 


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    June 10, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Loft Office

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    June 3, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Garden Shed Work Space

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    June 2, 2015
    How To Get More Shares

    I honestly would have no idea how to find other bloggers without the help of Pinterest (and Facebook, to a slightly lesser extent). Pinterest is great for promoting almost all blogs- as long as you have an image in your post- and some pins will gets thousands and thousands of shares. Talk about blog traffic! For making your blog posts more “shareable,” check out this post by Madison at Wetherills Say I Do:

    -Write great content- be genuine, and try to write something shareable at least once a week.

    -Promote your posts- create a social media calendar

    -Make sure the “share” buttons are visible

    -Add a hover Pin It image / Click To Tweet

    -Respond to shares!

    Photo Credit: Johan Larsson 


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    May 21, 2015
    What Makes A Good Title?

    It takes me less than a second to decide whether I want to read something or not. How? The title of the article. Everyone’s heard the old cliché, but it’s true. First impressions are everything. Titles need to be eye catching, intriguing, and need to accurately describe what your post is about. For tips on creating better headlines for your blog, read this post by Sierra Austin at Back Log of Business:

    - Try to summarize your entire articles into one sentence.

    -Online audiences love numbered lists, how-to posts, and personal reflective pieces.

    -If you have done every single online marketing detail by the book, then perhaps you need to start thinking outside the box and attack your audience from a different angle.

    Photo Credit: Javier Guillot Jimenez 


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