Posts made in May, 2014


If you’re an entrepreneur, chances are you struggle to balance everything – making products, communicating with customers, filing paperwork, accounting + taxes, family + friends … the list goes on and on!

photo credit: veryuseful via photopin cc

photo credit: veryuseful via photopin cc

Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. Even if you’re not in a position to hire a staff to help you, at least there are a few handy tools and apps you can employ to streamline your working week and give yourself a helping hand. Today, we’re rounding up the best of the Web with articles on business tools your fellow entrepreneurs can’t live without!

  • At Dear Handmade Life, Nicole lays out 13 business tools that keep her from going berserk. On the list? Having a business coach to help her streamline her week, using a planner to keep track of To Dos and taking advantage of Pinterest’s secret boards feature to plan future projects.
  • Tara Swiger commands a Starship full of Entrepreneurial Captains, so she’s got no time to waste. Her list of business tools includes her favorite notebooks and pens, shopping cart software, a website designer and tools to keep up with and streamline her daily writing habit.
  • Arianne Foulks of Aeolida spells out her list of business software + apps that save her bacon on OMHG. She includes tools for managing e-mail newsletters (a major time-waster!), project management, photo editing and paperwork simplifying.

Did we miss anything? What are your favorite resources, software programs + apps for helping you streamline your work? We’d love to know about them – share with us in the comments below!

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Welcome back to #ThinkCreateReflect, where we take a little time for ourselves to think about the past, create something in the now and reflect on our goals for the future!
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This week we’ve got an art journal prompt for you! Don’t have an art journal? That’s okay – any journal or notebook will do, or even a piece of paper from your printer! The point is to take the time to do something creative and fun, however it works best for you!
Your mission: Find a beautiful picture in a magazine – cut it out and glue it to a piece of paper or inside your journal, then build a drawing/painting/sketch around the picture. How can this image inspire something you do next in your business?
We’d love to see what you create! Show them off on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ThinkCreateReflect!
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Welcome to #MakersWednesday, where we take a moment, mid-week, to celebrate the maker in all of us. What are you making this week? Follow along with us and share!

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This week I’ve got a work of art to share! It hangs on the wall in my dining room, and it was a hand-painted original made by three of the cutest little artists around: my children! The kids painted the background in an abstract style, and then we painted their hands with gold and had them print them to the center of the canvas. We made one of these as a Father’s Day gift for my husband, and it hangs in his office. It’s a great way for children even as young as 2 to get involved in making gifts for loved ones.

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What handmade items are your hands – or your little ones’ hands – making this week? Show and tell on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #MakersWednesday!

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Do you end the working day feeling stiff and sore because you’ve been engrossed in making a new product or staring at social media screens all day? Give yourself a break, and take some time to stretch your neck between tasks. Your body will thank you!

Today’s stretch is best done from a seated position – you don’t have to have a gorgeous backdrop like this one; your office chair will do just fine.

Begin in a seated position and relax your shoulders, allowing your arms to hang naturally down at your sides.

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Bring your left arm behind your back and grasp your right arm with your left hand:

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Look to your right, stretching your neck gently as you do:

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Now look to your left, stretching your neck gently as you do:

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Bring your head back around, this time looking to the right and down:

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Keep your left arm behind your body, and bring your right arm up and bend it around your head:

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Lower your arm so that your hand can gently push down on the back of your neck, and stretch:

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Now we’re going to repeat this for the other side! Begin by bringing your right arm behind your back to grasp your left arm, and then look to your left:

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Now look right:

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And then look down and to the left:

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Bring your left arm up and over your head and press down, as before:Pose 4K

 

Here’s a view of how this should look from the back:

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Congratulations – you did it!

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Welcome back to #ThinkCreateReflect, where we take a moment to think about a prompt and reflect on our answers, or create something new and fun!

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This week’s prompt is somewhat silly and fun, so it won’t take you but a moment of reflecting to come up with an answer:

If you could hire any fictional character to work for your business, who would you hire, and why?
We’d love to know who you’d hire! Heathcliff as Chief of Security, Charlie Brown as Director of Employee Morale, or maybe The Terminator to run Customer Service? 😉
Share your answers on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ThinkCreateReflect!
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