Shop Small: The Most Recommended Online Shops

Shop Small: The Most Recommended Online Shops

Small Business Saturday | Shop Small | organized CHAOS online | Recommended Businesses

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!

Start shopping!!

READER RECOMMENDED SMALL BUSINESSES…

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Custom Apparel

Rhinestone Sash: http://www.rhinestonesash.com/

  • Custom rhinestone sashes, shirts, etc for any occasion

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Invitations and Papercraft

Pretty Pink Posh: http://prettypinkposh.com/prettypinkposhshop

  • Embellishments for crafting projects

Stephanie Creekmurhttp://www.stephaniecreekmur.com/

  • Online stationery boutique and graphic design studio[

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Bags, Clutches, Purses

Grandma’s Little Lilly: http://www.etsy.com/shop/GrandmasLittleLilly

  • Coupon Organizers, EReader Cases, iphone wallets

Hayden J: http://www.etsy.com/shop/HaydenJ

  • Handcrafted bags, totes, clutches, etc.

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Art, Illustrations, Prints & Photography

Charlie Duncan Photographyhttp://www.cduncanphoto.com/

  • From portraits, to product shots, fine art for your walls, to mentoring

Otturatore Photography: http://otturatorephotography.com/

  • Specializing in newborn, children, and seniors and family photography

Flapper Doodle: http://www.etsy.com/shop/flapperdoodle

  • Illustrations of 1920’s flappers Eloise and Ramona, assorted illustrated goodies

I Love It All: http://www.etsy.com/shop/iloveitall

  • Subway art prints, posters, mini books, journals, greeting cards

Eryn Marie Designshttps://www.facebook.com/ErynMarieDesigns

  • Decorative murals, hand painted furnishings and custom murals

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Jewelry

Hardwear Designs: http://www.etsy.com/shop/hardweardesigns

  • Mixed media jewelry and art

Bookity: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Bookity

  • Handmade Map and Book Cufflinks, Jewellery, and Decor

Olive Yewhttps://www.oliveyew.com/

  • Handmade trendy gold jewelry. Simple designs.

Lavalake: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lavalake

  • Artisan jewelry

The Noisy Cricket: http://www.etsy.com/shop/noisycricket

  • Personalized hand stamped sterling jewelry

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Mens/Womens Clothing

Morton James Boutique: https://www.facebook.com/MortonJames

  • Well curated mens and womens clothing and accessories
well curated clothing and accessories
well curated clothing and accessories

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Children’s Clothing and Toys

bChildrenswear: http://www.etsy.com/shop/bchildrenswear

  • Modern clothing for your little one

Addison Renee Boutiquehttp://www.etsy.com/shop/addisonrenee

  • Hair bows and a new line of boy accessories

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Fitness, Health & Beauty

Nerium with Terri Yankovichhttp://www.nerium.com/default.aspx?ID=terriyankovich

  • Skincare products

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Housewares, Home Decor and Gifts

Oh Little Rabbit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ohlittlerabbit

  • Eco Friendly, Organic, Hand Printed Housewares & Gifts

Printing Grounds: http://www.etsy.com/shop/flapperdoodle

  • Handcrafted wares for you and your home

re.Served by Victoria: http://www.etsy.com/shop/reServedbyvictoria

  • Reclaimed serving and home decor pieces customized with hand-drawn updates

Tennessee Sweet Tea Creations:https://www.facebook.com/TennesseeSweetTeaCreations

  • Handcrafted home decor

Aedriel Originalshttp://www.aedrieloriginals.com/

  • Distinctive tableware and earthenware home accents

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Miscellaneous

B is for Buttons: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Bisforbuttons

  • Original buttons for all occasions, or make your own

Sisters Whimzyhttp://www.sisterswhimzy.com/

  • Totes, bags, trunksters and other fun things. Will personalize.

C Jayne Teachhttp://www.etsy.com/shop/cjayneteach

  • Organizational products for classrooms and educators

Flow Yoga Designshttp://www.etsy.com/shop/FlowYogaDesigns

  • Hand painted yoga mats and products all inspired by yoga

Haus of Ariella: http://www.etsy.com/shop/HausofAriella

  • Jewelry, photography, home decor

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Events and Party Supplies

Oh Goodie Designshttp://www.ohgoodiedesigns.com/

  • Custom party products. Event consulting and coordinating company

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Giving Back, Nonprofit, Feel Good Shopping

Art to Aidhttp://www.arttoaid.com/

  • Artists of all kinds donating profits from art sales for charities you nominate

 

patti and tawsha

Fight Feeling Stifled at Work by Blogging

Fight Feeling Stifled at Work by Blogging

Jim on desk the office

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:

  1. 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.
  2. TECHIE: Techies don’t get much satisfaction from the writing process, but enjoy spreading their word, sharing knowledge and educating.
  3. PROFESSIONAL: Professionals present accomplishments and seek feedback from their followers. For them, blogging is all about making connections.
  4. PREACHER: Preachers enjoy sharing content and interacting. They are all about studying content, presenting key viewpoints and opening a platform for further discussion.
  5. LIFE IMPROVER: Life improvers share know-how, give support and instruct people how to improve their life.
  6. BEAUTY HUNTER: Beauty hunters create or promote beautiful things, educate others and exchange opinions.
  7. 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?

zemanta blog graph

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

WordPress is a popular open source blogging platform along the lines of the venerable Swiss Army knife.

blogger

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

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

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 post@posterous.com from any email account and Posterous will create a YourName.Posterous.com blog for you.

In conclusion:

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!

tawsha connell

 

 

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