I am a little addicted to my iPhone and there are so many things (other than Candy Crush) that I can get done on my phone.
If I’m out and about and have a tech emergency in most cases I can fix it right then and there.
I have a heap of apps that I use on a daily basis that make my business and the 101 jobs that I have to do simple and easy. I can also finish some jobs on the couch which is a bonus. These apps aren’t just for website coding or development and can be useful to streamline any business.
I’m going to start with the obvious here:
1. Facebook pages – I can manage many accounts and check notifications and messages. I can also keep up with conversations in the comments which is super important. You can check out my Facebook page here.
2. Instagram – This one is my happy place. I use Instagram all the time and you’ll also see me posting behind the scenes and personal updates. Being a visual person I love that I can get a dose of creative inspiration on the go. I also love the new “based on” suggestions that share things that I might love. You can find me on Instagram here.
3. Twitter – I go back and forth on Twitter. Sometimes I love it, other times not so much. It is a fantastic resource for connection and trending topics and I have no doubt that I don’t use it to it’s full potential! You can follow me here.
4. Pinterest – Another visual platform and another that I don’t think I use to it’s full advantage but I love Pinterest. I not only collect blog post ideas, design inspiration but I also use it as my online vision board. I was amused last year when my office looked a lot like my Pinterest board.
There are a few apps that I use that also keep my ideas and workflow running on the move:
5. Gmail – Last year I switched all my emails over to Gmail and have not looked back. All my email accounts are now managed in the one place and I can archive important emails for later use. I can access all my emails from anywhere with an internet connection so I’ll never get stuck again.
6. WordPress – My website and many others that I build use WordPress because it’s so darn easy to use and update. It’s also super simple to manage my blog while I’m out and about. Now when I have an idea for a blog post I can open the app on my phone and it will update on my website in real time. A must have for any WordPress blogger.
7. Evernote – This is another that I go back and forth on. Evernote allows you to store images, notes, links and thoughts just like an online notebook. I use this quite often when I am putting together a list post or roundup for my blog. I can keep all the details together in one place and put it all together once I am on my computer.
8. Wordswag – I’m giving away secrets here! Wordswag creates fantastic looking quotes and inspirational images at the touch of a button. Use your own images and text or use one of the many available from the app. The opportunities are endless here. $3.49 well spent!
I’m a big believer that you never stop learning. While I love a great book – that’ll be another post! These are some of my favourite learning apps.
9. Kindle – My sister got me stuck on Kindle, you can download any book straight from Amazon to read on your phone or tablet straight away. I recently read an entire book (The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks) while I waited for my car to receive new tyres! My phone is definitely easier to pack in to my hand bag for reading on the go.
10. Podcasts – What’s even better is this app is already on your iPhone. There are so many podcasts available nowadays with some fascinating content. On my hit list recently are; Lady Business Radio with Jessica Kupferman, Hit the Mic with Stacey Harris and Off the Charts with Nathalie Lussier. I also love me a bit of Zig Zigglar. These are perfect when I go for my walks as my brain starts ticking over without distracting me. Times like these it’s also handy to use the voice recorder app to track your thoughts!
11. Udemy – Online Training that’s quick, affordable and really cool! You can learn so much on Udemy. I’ve done design classes, coding classes, hand lettering and even photography. Most of the classes are video and you can watch them step by step on your phone. You could even do a cooking class in the kitchen!
These are just a few of the apps that I use everyday for business. What are you favourites? Do you have a must have app that I need to check out? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.
If you know someone who could use some simplification or streamlining for their business I’d love for you to share this post with them.
Until next time,
I am so excited to share some details of my latest website launch, Raggedy Eve, with you.
Morris Bear Digital launched the original Raggedy Eve website around 2 years ago, and as a brand new business our previous e-Commerce software BearCart was more than enough to get Hayley online and start selling. As a powerhouse marketer though she quickly grew the brand to mammoth proportions boasting over 13K followers on Instagram and it was clear that the website was just not cutting it any more.
In comes WooCommerce, this is now our platform of choice and all Morris Bear Digital websites are created on the WordPress framework making it easier than ever to evolve your business as you grow. WordPress allows us to create websites that are easy to update and manage along with the almost limitless room for growth.
In this revised edition of Raggedy Eve we’ve kept the original design created by Design & PR girl and modified the layout to work across all mobile devices and tablets for easy shopping, but the main differences you won’t even see.
Included within the Raggedy Eve website launch are:
- An easy inventory system with quick product management.
- Lay-by for bulky purchases – to cut down on buyer hesitation with large purchases.
- Pre-Order items – this has been very popular with Raggedy Eve as her 13K followers love to shop items before they’re ready for shipping.
- Mobile friendly navigation, layout and most importantly checkout.
- Quick load times and stable backend.
Denise shows you how to flex your money manifestation muscles and up level your life and bank account. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? You can find out more about the lucky bitch bootcamp over here.
I found about Denise Duffield-Thomas quite a few years ago and last year became a “Lucky Bitch” taking part in her amazing Money Bootcamp. The community that she has created within the bootcamp is one of the most supportive and engaged that I have ever seen. The woman is pure gold! But with a new baby (just check out Denise’s Instagram account to meet the gorgeous Willow!) and so much going on how does she manage to make it all work?
I recently got the opportunity to interview Denise to find out just that … Don’t even get me started how long I’ve been procrastinating on this interview, talk about an upper limit problem! (Side note: read the big leap it’s one of my top reading recommendations!)
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business
I’m the CEO of www.LuckyBitch.com and I help entrepreneurial women release their money blocks so they can charge more, serve more and have way more fun in their business.
I’m Australian but have travelled all over the world and I don’t feel tethered to any particular country. I joke that I live on Facebook rather than in any one geographical area. My hubby is English and we have a new baby, Willow.
Why did you decide to work for yourself?
I have ALWAYS wanted to work for myself, before I even knew what that meant. When I was a kid, I had a dream of having my own office with a fancy typewriter. I also thought it meant wearing a suit with massive shoulder pads.
In reality, working for myself in 2014 means working between my phone, laptop and iMac, wearing yoga pants and sporting baby drool on my shoulders.
I’ve tried to live my life by three desires – freedom, adventure and abundance. No job could ever give me all three so I created it for myself.
What was your biggest fear (if any) that you had when starting your business?
I was always terrified that I wasn’t good enough, and that people would call me out for being a fraud.
But your dreams HAVE to be bigger than your fears. Each week, I put out a blog post that I was sure was terrible but I did it anyway because I knew it was a stepping stone. My first websites were pretty crap but again, I knew that I had to start before I was perfect, or I’d never start at all.
What does a typical day in your life/business look like?
I’m up early with the baby and if I’m lucky, my hubby takes her for a walk while I sleep in. Every morning without fail, I catch up on gossip on www.LaineyGossip.com before I do any work!
Then I check in with the members of my Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp in our private Facebook group, to give some encouragement or advice. Sometimes I’m in my office at my big iMac, and other times I’m tapping away on my phone while I feed Willow. My phone is pretty indispensable these days for business. I use mainly Facebook, Instagram, Kindle and the Infusionsoft App.
Timezones are tricky as my Bootcampers are from all over the world. If I hang out in the group first thing, then it covers most timezones – afternoon in the States and late evening in the UK. It’s also a pretty active group, so they don’t rely on me to answer questions, they support each other, but I like to check in and say hi every day.
I have a part time Nanny who looks after Willow while I have Skype meetings with my assistant. Because my business is largely automated and my course is completely online, work these days means adding content to my social media queue, deciding yes/no on interview requests and planning ahead for blog content. I don’t get many emails because they route via my assistant – probably one of the most productive things I’ve done for my business. Once a week I’ll do the intro for our newsletter and send it to her with a picture.
Every day I track my income – one of the things I recommend my students do – as it gets me focused on doing income producing activities.
Lunch time I eat the same thing every day, homemade chicken and veg soup batch made by our Nanny – I used to be terrible at remembering to eat during the day, so it’s great for my productivity and energy. I also throw a meal in the slow cooker for dinner – I often freeze the ingredients in batches ready to go to save time.
In the afternoons, I play with Willow while property renovation shows play in the background (I’m considering building a property empire). My phone is handy to check Facebook. She’s not a great sleeper by herself during the day, so she might have an afternoon nap on me. It’s a good time to sit and think about my goals or new things I want to implement in my business. When I get a new idea for a blog post or book chapter, I’ll make a note on my phone.
Hubby comes home and I usually switch off work. If I spend too long at the computer at night, I can’t sleep. We usually have dinner and then start watching one of our TV series. We binge watch a new series every few weeks. We’re usually buggered by 9:30 and head to bed. Overnight when Willow is up for night feeds, I either play Candy Crush on my phone (to stay awake) or check in with my Bootcampers.
Do you have a five year plan for you business? If yes would you like to share?
It’s not set in stone, but I definitely have a long term business plan. When you know what’s coming in the future, it takes out all the pressure to do everything in one year – you know you have time to build and to compound your results.
This year has been all about setting up good systems and being inwardly focused. For example, my assistant now reads all of my email and we have set up responses to frequently asked questions. I’ve also batched video content six months in advance, so we have a system to take the raw video into blog content, and how that feeds into the newsletter. I wanted this year to be really stress-free but still profitable.
In fact, it’s been the most profitable yet because having a baby forced me to be way more productive and to put in place systems that I should have done anyway. I’ve become more of the CEO now.
Next year will be about reaching out and becoming more visible, and having a bigger outward focus. At the moment, my newsletter list goes out to over 23,000 women, but I want to expand that to 100,000 over the next two years. That’s going to mean uplevelling my image and branding.
Year 3 will be about creating more products or updating my current ones. Year 4 is going to be about writing new books. Year 5 – who knows at this stage?!
What are your top three tips for anyone wanting to start their own business?
Nobody can create your ideal life but you. Starting a business gives you the freedom and flexibility that you can’t find in the average job – and in terms of income – the sky is the limit.
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1. Start now. The idea doesn’t have to be perfect. Most people have a starter business (or three).
2. Surround yourself with people who are heading in the same direction. Nobody can have an opinion on your business unless they are successful in the same area.
3. Spend some time working on your blocks – in particular your money blocks – at the same time as taking action towards your business. Fear is going to come up – it’s normal and inevitable as you do something different but focus on that big dream and don’t let anything derail you.
I would like to say a massive thank you to Denise for taking the time to share her thoughts on starting your own business and how she manages a full time “JOB” and her family.
If you’re keen to learn more about Denise’s Lucky Bitch money bootcamp be sure to click over to www.LuckyBitch.com
With big dreams & big action,
Welcome to the first instalment of #geekspeak! I’ll be explaining in plain English some of the most common website terms that you’re likely to hear when searching for a website designer. It’s my hope that by sharing my knowledge (and my disgust for bamboozling clients!) that you’ll be armed with the knowledge to understand exactly what is in your website design package.
SEO is one saying that I know I use a lot.
So what is SEO?
Put simply SEO is short Search Engine Optimization.
The process of search engine optimization ensures that your website is found by all the major search engines including Google and yahoo. What use is a gorgeous website design if none of your customers can find you?
There is A LOT of aspects involved within optimizing your website design and learning every single one would take quite a long time!
So we’re going to take it but by bit! Firstly how can you optimize individual pages on your website?
The graphic below shows the data that you can complete to help search engines out. Here’s the kicker though… You need to stop thinking like the owner of your business and start thinking like your dream customer.
(Haven’t worked out who your dream customer is yet? Check out this post here!)
As the owner of your business you know the ins and outs of what you do and you’ll commonly use technical terms and jargon. But how does your customer search for you? Do they use the same language? Are you part of a wider industry?
For example: I work with a lot of graphic designers and develop their websites. While a graphic designer might go looking for a website developer a lot of my end clients don’t realise there is a difference between a website designer and a website developer. Did you? Read up about what makes us different here!
So for my terms I will use website designer instead of website developer as it gives me a more direct audience.
For retail stores this can be brands that your store stocks, individual products or local based products.
For service businesses this could be the result your clients are hoping to achieve, your local area, individual services or specialities that you offer.
What would be the search terms your customers would be looking for? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Until next time,