Business

My Small Business Toolbox – 13 online resources that will make your digital life easier

  In this day and age, the majority of small business owners have an online presence either on social media, a website or both. This means most of us have a computer around and need to use it for many different tasks during the day: creating digital content, planning a marketing campaign, keeping track of statistics, etc. There are a ton of tools and tutorials out there that can help us with all these processes but it is difficult to keep track of all the new possibilities as they come up. Today I want to share with you some of the things I have on my toolbox. I hope you find them useful! If you regularly use other handy resources, please,...

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Small Business Feature: Pops n’ Chill

  Finally, after a long time I'm back with business features! Today I want to introduce you to Maria Victoria, the owner of Pops n' Chill, an artisanal handmade pops business in Virginia. We worked together to create her logo, website and other marketing materials and now she has kindly answered some questions about her colorful adventure. Enjoy!   What products or services do you offer and how long have you been around? I make and sell Gourmet Artisan frozen treats like popsicles and ice cream. I started selling my products at my local farmers market summer of 2015.   How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business? I love making desserts for family and one of them is making...

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Free printable weekly planner for small business owners

  This is something I started creating just for myself but I thought I'd share it as I'm sure a lot of you will find it super useful. I love my daily planner and I couldn't do without it but sometimes I need to see things in a broader perspective as well. This will help you achieve that by integrating a lot of different aspects that take part in the week of a business owner, all in one page. Download it from the Resource Library and don't forget to share! [Tweet "Free printable weekly planner for small business owners"]   If you are in the market for logo design, check out my Premium Branding Pack. You will get not only a professional custom logo design but also...

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5 apps and resources you need as a small business owner

Running a business involves a ton of hard work, wearing different hats at the same time and tackling endless to-do lists, among many other things you already know. There aren't any apps or tools out there that will take care of all this for you but there are some very useful resources that will definitely help you stay organized and make the most out of your time. Here you have some of my favorites.     Evernote You can think of it as a bunch of multimedia notepads. You can use each one of them to create lists or to keep track of any aspects of your planning: current projects, business expenses, interesting links to check later, pending product ideas...

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Sombras Blancas’ site is now bilingual!

I'm happy to announce that the Spanish version of my website is now up and running! All the information, products and pages are now available in Spanish and prices from the shop can be showed in euros. The blog and newsletter are the only sections that will continue to be only in English. I hope you find it useful! If you have friends from Spain or South America that could be interested on Sombras Blancas' services, they will be more than welcome :)...

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Promotion Checklist for Small Business Owners – Free printable PDF!

  We small business owners are constantly looking for new ways to market our products and services. New approaches to old ways are welcome too. I've recently put together this awesome PDF checklist and I wanted to share it with you. It includes 15 creative marketing ideas that will help you increase your visits, social media interactions and sales. You can print it to mark that actions you have already taken and keep it close to work on those still pending. Download it from the Resource Library. I hope you find it useful! :) [Tweet "Promotion Checklist for Small Business Owners - Free printable PDF! #smallbusiness #marketing"]...

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Worth-reading insights from 14 small business owners

Very often the advice we most need is not the one from the prestigious business magazine or the ultra famous marketing coach, but that from the fellow entrepreneur and small business owner who is still on his/her way or has even just started. A different approach to the same problem or a reminder of something we actually once had in mind but have been forgotten during the process can be of great help. On this massive post, I've wanted to gather the experiences and opinions of 14 Etsy shop owners who started from the very beginning to slowly build a professional business out of their true passions. I've asked them 4 questions on their background, challenges and advices for new entrepreneurs and they have given...

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9 essential websites for small business owners and entrepreneurs

    Whether you are thinking about starting your own business or you are already there, you don't have to do it alone. There are a lot of really good reference sites out there packed with useful tips, free guides, podcasts, forums and news about social media, marketplaces and trends. Keeping an eye on some of these websites will help you stay connected to a broader community of people with the same needs and interests as you as well as eventually finding new clients. Here you have a list of some of the websites I usually check on a regular basis.   Social Media Examiner Here you will find dialy posts about the latest news on social media and blogging, super useful tips to help you...

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3 inspirational TED talks about learning, creativity and design

    If you are a small business owner you already know you need a fair amount of these three things in order to keep things going: a pinch of love for learning new things and wearing many hats, a great deal of creativity to help you solve problems and engage your audience, and a good taste in design in order to present your brand in an attractive, trustworthy way. In the following videos John Green, Sir Ken Robinson and Tony Fadell share some ideas worth spreading about these topics. Enjoy!       [Tweet "3 inspirational TED talks about learning, creativity and design"]...

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5 things to do during slow business season

As small business owners we have all experienced that moment of anxiety when sales are low and there is no sign of movement on the horizon. When this happens we tend to 1) freak out as if it were the first time, and 2) spend hours of precious time marketing our products or services in the most ridiculously inefficient ways. What if we took all that (mostly) wasted time to actually improve our businesses? Here you have some ideas on things to do during slow business season.   Reorganize your office Try a different furniture layout, create a thinking/reading corner with a comfy armchair and a whiteboard, take a look at your shelves and recycle what you don't need anymore, change the posters/pictures/mood boards...

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