When you spend a hefty portion of your waking hours connected to the ole' intertubes, whether for work or for play, all that commotion has a way of creeping into your inbox. It comes in bit by bit, until you're living an episode of Digital Hoarders. And for some of us, it's been building up for years.
The good news is that if you use Gmail (and you should) there are a lot of tricks and tools at your disposal for getting your inbox organized once and for all.
This one is going to be quick an easy, friends. I've talked before about the importance of RSS feeds. Lots of people still use them to follow along with their favorite blogs.
When Google Reader shut down (RIP) the reader that quickly rose to the top as it's successor was Feedly.
It's easy enough to give people your RSS feed URL. But if you want, you can cut out the middle man and give them a link directly to your blog in Feedly, eliminating a few clicks that it would take them to subscribe.
The best thing about being a solopreneur who works from home is LITERALLY EVERYTHING.
The worst thing about being a solopreneur who works from home is is that sometimes you find yourself so overwhelmed that you're sitting at your desk at 10am on a Tuesday eating a block of cheese with your bare hands and rewatching The Office on Netflix instead of, you know, working.
You've heard of decision paralysis, right? That's when you're faced with so many options that you get overwhelmed and choose nothing.
It's not so serious when you're trying to pick out a pair of shoes, but when you're talking about actual work and what to tackle first, decision paralysis is a huge productivity problem!
So when this happens to me, I have a process in place to...
So you’ve got a blog! Maybe it started as a personal blog and slowly morphed into a business venture, or you're looking at it as a way to promote your services. Either way, it's a common story — you started a blog but you don't know how to turn it into an actual fanbase.
You know, people who love you and want to hire you and give you money?
You only have one chance – their first visit – to make them a repeat reader.
Better not screw it up, right? Good news! It's not hard to...
Pinterest is a beautiful, whimsical place full of perfectly sculpted cupcakes, inspirational fitness memes and home organization tips bordering on neurotic. I'll admit that when I first signed up, I got sucked in hard for about two weeks.
Pinterest is popular for the same reason Martha Stewart is famous – we like to admire the work of incredibly talented people with seemingly endless free time for crafts and secretly hope that they get hit by a bus. If I'm being honest, I'm just not that into it.
However, as an entrepreneur who owns a small business, I know that Pinterest is an important promotional outlet. I'd be a fool to not make as much use of it as I can.
If you have an online business, you need to be on Pinterest. This is my super simple strategy for managing Pinterest when you just can't make yourself love it.