Small Business Saturday is one of the coolest ideas that has taken too long to catch on. Let’s put a little hustle in this movement, shall we? So many creative and driven people are running their own businesses from online boutiques to Etsy shops to actual “brick and mortar” locations. The amount of work and sacrifice that goes into starting a small business is something nobody can plan for. It’s intense and a lot of stress. But the moment you make your first sale, or the day you connect with your first customer, it makes all your hard work worth it. To think that someone in the world came to your business and spent money they earned on something you’re offering, something that you love and feel passionate about – the feeling is immeasurable.
Not all of us were born with the entrepreneurial spirit. But most of us were born with the shopping one!
This is where organizedCHAOSonline steps up. It’s our job, dear shopping obsessed friends, to support these businesses on Saturday, November 30th, and on into the future.
What started back in 2010 by American Express to shine a spotlight on small and local businesses, has turned into a nationally observed holiday where we shop the passions of our peers. It is officially called “Small Business Saturday.”
Throw it out on social media, and you’ll see that you’re not the only one tweeting, posting on Facebook and even promoting in your Instagram feed with the hashtag #SmallBusinessSaturday.
Where should you shop?
Thanks for asking. Here’s our list of businesses you’ll want to shop this Small Business Saturday as recommended by the people we trust the most -YOU! The more this post gets shared, the more people will hear about these businesses. Click the share buttons below to help promote these hard-working businesses!
We were so excited, and so spent, after completing our new book, “How to Get Your Business Online” that we posted it on Pinterest, our website, Instagram, etc, but totally forgot to introduce it to you. Duh! We’ve spent months pouring our blood, sweat and tears into this resource guide for you, the small business owner. Drawing from the mistakes we’ve made in the past starting our own businesses, we’ve compiled a ton of detailed instructions and resources to help you get your small business up and running including tips to get your business seen online.
Editing, editing editing…
The more we edited, the more content we added. Our goal was to have “How to Take Your Business Online” be the only resource you’ll need to get your business up and running. While writing this guide, our focus was on providing solutions to obstacles that may be preventing your business from having an online presence.
After months and months of development, we finally completed what we think is a totally kick-ass business start up guide. By the time “How to Take Your Business Online” was finished, our little guide had turned into sixteen chapters!
Formatting, formatting, formatting
Our book is written in layman’s terms, not techie language. It’s written for the normal, everyday, limited computer-skilled business person. Even if you spend very little time on the computer, with the help of this guide, you can still get your business online, set up and be active on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, and learn how to market your business, completely on your own, all for zero dollars!
We are so proud to present…
How To Take Your Business Online
a simple guide written in layman’s terms
Step by step instruction on how to get your business started TODAY on a $0 budget!
Sixteen chapters of simple, easy to follow explanations with lots of visuals
Packed full of downloads, printables, and resources!
The entire book is beautifully formatted for printing, including cover and section dividers. Print your pages and put them in a 3-ring binder to keep at your desk. You’ll find you’ll refer to the hundreds of resources provided in this book over and over again.
The Online Business Start-up System eBook includes everything you’ll need to take your business online.
Get it TODAY! We promise you won’t be disappointed!
In a perfect world, you’d wake up each morning, do what you love and get paid gobs of money for doing it. You wouldn’t have to deal with office drama, feeling bored and dreading that inevitable Monday morning.
That’s not possible for many of us. So, what do you do in order to not go bat sh*t crazy in the corporate world?
Have you thought of blogging?
What is blogging?
It’s a web log. Shorten the words and smoosh ’em together and youv’e got yourself a weblog. It’s a form of networking. You write, you share and people read. That’s the most simple way to put it.
You’re reading a blog right now.
Who can blog?
You. When you’re at work thinking of all the things you’d rather be doing, what’s at the top of your list? What do you want to rant about? What makes you feel empowered?
What kind of blogger are you?
According to Zemanta.com, there are 7 types of bloggers:
HEDONIST: Hedonists promote different lifestyles to enrich people’s daily routines. They are emotional and are not afraid to express feelings or reach out to others.
TECHIE: Techies don’t get much satisfaction from the writing process, but enjoy spreading their word, sharing knowledge and educating.
PROFESSIONAL: Professionals present accomplishments and seek feedback from their followers. For them, blogging is all about making connections.
PREACHER: Preachers enjoy sharing content and interacting. They are all about studying content, presenting key viewpoints and opening a platform for further discussion.
LIFE IMPROVER: Life improvers share know-how, give support and instruct people how to improve their life.
BEAUTY HUNTER: Beauty hunters create or promote beautiful things, educate others and exchange opinions.
LIFE STAGER: Life stagers are focused on life task situations, such as parenting, student life, marriage, senior life, etc. They are focused on emotional benefits of blogging. They search for help or they want to share their experience and make someone else’s life easier.
More of a visual person?
What should you name your blog?
To figure out a name, you can use your own (that’s easy) or you figure out what your blog is going to be about.
How do you figure out what you want to write about?
Think about this: When you want to escape or just get away from it all, what do you resort to? Crafting? Organizing? Talking with friends? Research?
Whatever your answer is probably describes your passion. Your passion is likely what you’re great at…naturally.
Now you have your subject and can come up with your name.
How and where do you start a blog?
Starting a blog is free. Now that you’ve discovered your name (ish), you can go to any of the following blog options (they are listed with the first three being the most popular) and get started.
We listed our 4 favorites and have enlisted the help of LifeHacker to explain our favorites.
WordPress is a popular open source blogging platform along the lines of the venerable Swiss Army knife.
Blogger is a popular and free blogging service owned by Google. Blogger’s big draw is ease of use and nearly instant setup. You can go from blog-less to publishing your first post in under 15 minutes thanks to its extremely easy setup process.
Tumblr is an interesting fusion between a full-fledged blog and a Twitter feed. Known as short-form or micro blogging, the style of blogging on a Tumblr blog is focused on short and frequent posts that are normally longer (or more focused on media like images or video) than Twitter updates but not as involved and formal as a regular blog post.
Posterous aims to be an absolutely no-fuss and zero-stress way to blog. You don’t need to sign up, you don’t need to know any code, you don’t need to know how to do anything but send an email to set up your own Posterous blog and start sharing your ideas and media. Simply email from any email account and Posterous will create a YourName.Posterous.com blog for you.
Don’t let the at-work boredom consume you. Take control. You can be a better person for everyone else if you take a moment to let out your passion!
Want to turn your blog into a paying business?
It’s all in our “Take your Business Online” eBook HERE. Instantly download today.
Once you get going, share your blog with us! We wanna read!! Have one already? Comment below by telling us what your blog is about and include the link!
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