Posts in Entrepreneurship
My 2019 Entrepreneur Reading List

I can devour a good, motivational, entrepreneur or self-help book in one to two sittings. This year, I read (more like listened) to tons of them, and in 2019, I plan to do the same! I’ve been saving Instagram posts of book recommendations the last few months to create my reading list for the coming year. And, since I drive a lot, I’m always looking for audiobooks. My goal for 2019 is one book per month. I far surpassed that this year, but I want to be conscious of taking a break from the screen & actually picking up a book.

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What I Learned in my First Year of Business

First off, I can’t believe Thoughtfully Designed is almost a year old. We will celebrate our first birthday in January! The fact that I am here in this very moment, writing a blog for my company a year later, is an amazing accomplishment in itself. I see business coaches all over the Internet saying starting is the hardest part, but I’m going to disagree. You only have to make that choice once.

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How to do Digital Marketing the Right Way

Digital marketing works best when you harness the power of multiple channels sharing the same message in a unique way. This is why you start with an overarching goal & strategy before you dive into tactics and execution. So many clients come to us thinking they know what they need whether it be social media or email management. But here is the thing, you can’t have a successful social or email strategy without a solid foundation behind it.

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How to Avoid Isolation as a Work-from-home Entrepreneur

So many people dream of working from home. No more cubicle, fluorescent lighting, or rush hour commutes. That dream is a reality for over 1 in 5 Americans according to Forbes. When making this transition, many people neglect to realize that working from home day in and day out can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Sounds depressing, I know, but that’s why we are chatting about it!

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5 Steps to Getting Ahead of Content Creation & Planning

As 2019 rolls around, many of us entrepreneurs are putting our planning hats on. Content marketing isn’t going anywhere in 2019. I’m living proof. About 30 minutes ago I Googled, found the solution I needed and bought a template. That company never would have made the sale if their webpage didn’t show up on the first page of Google. And how, you might ask, did their content show up on that page? Content marketing.

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The App that Cleared my Email Inbox

If you are anything like me, you get 5,000 emails a day. Half of them are spam and the other half are one sentence replies, comments, instructions etc. It’s exhausting reading, sorting, flagging, deleting, and replying to all of those emails. It’s also extremely easy to miss a crucial one. Moreover, your pinging email inbox has the ultimate ability to distract you from your task at hand. A few months ago, I quit leaving my email open. Instead, I check it a few set times throughout the day, which is great, but when I do check it, my head starts spinning, insert Trello.

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Guest Post from Jock Purtle: The Importance of the Internet for Small Businesses

We live in the digital era. For those of us who have been around doing business for the past ten to twenty years, we’ve always heard how the internet was going to launch a new era and change the way we do everything. Well, it’s finally happened. Nowadays, if you’re not using the Internet in at least some way—you should have a website if nothing else—than you really are behind the times and are missing out on a tremendous way to help grow your business.

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Building a Business & a Community on Instagram

Thank you so much Aaron of Outcome Studio for having us on your podcast! We nerded out over marketing for an hour and much of the conversation revolved around growing and selling on Instagram. We could have chatted all day! I go deep into how I grew my account to 20k through personal relationships, being authentic, and sharing my story. If you are looking to sell on Instagram, give it a listen!

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Why Things Catch On: Six Principals for Making Something Contagious

I just closed the cover of, Contagious by Jonah Berger and my head is spinning with amazing marketing ideas for not only our company, but also our clients. In his book, Berger dives deep into what makes ideas, concepts, and content “viral.” He shares six simple, yet brilliant principles of why things catch on. Each principal is backed by numerous studies and oceans of research, and the examples and stories he aligns with them make perfect sense. You guys, I cannot wait to implement this stuff. It’s gold! 

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Owning a Business & Working Full-time Doesn't Make Your Business a Side Hustle: It's a Damn Steak.

We hear it all of the time, the term "side hustle." But what if your side hustle is a full-time hustle sitting on top of the mountain of work pouring in from your 9-5? Great question! I'm posing a few ways to help you not only keep your head on straight, but also kick ass at BOTH of your full-time jobs because let's be real... owning a business is never a side, it's a damn steak.

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