I get asked a lot about what I do. I don’t mean the organizing side of my business, I mean the stuff I use to run a successful business day in and day out. I have some tried and true tools and others I add in from time to time. I will admit, everything is trial and error. Something might help me one month and not have the same results the following month. That’s why I’m always on the prowl for amazing business tools. So, this isn’t an organizing roundup, but if you have a small business, or want to start one, these are some tools that will help you achieve success.If you have a small business (or want to start one), these are tools that are you going to give you a shortcut to success. Click To Tweet
Please note I receive samples of some of these items in order to be able to write this review. My opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. I only bring you products I truly find helpful.
The Market series of books is designed to help you as a writer, crafter, photographer and so on…sell and disseminate your wares. I recently discovered Crafter’s Market. This book starts with chapters written by artists and crafters, just like you. With tips on everything from how to work on Etsy to the inner workings of Pinterest, the book is full of valuable information. The latter part of the book is filled with actual listings for crafts fairs, retreats, and magazines. Each listing includes cost, website, and other details necessary for you to submit your crafts successfully. It’s really like a short cut to success. All of the research is done for you and presented in one handy book.
642 Things To Write About
This is an awesome little book. No matter how long you’ve been blogging, you’re going to have some days where inspiration is hiding. This book gives you easy prompts that will help you get the creative juices flowing. 642 Things To Write About is a great way to not only create content for others to read. It’s a great book to gift an inspiring writer. The prompts are fun and unique. They will help you develop your craft and challenge yourself. For those of us outside of college, challenges are rarely issued to us. This book does just that. By pushing yourself out side of your comfort zone, you’ll become a better writer in everything you do.
While I’m not an artist, I do create things for my businesses. Sometimes these items are created via computer and other times they are created via hand. Like any skill needed by small business owner, hand lettering and artistic creations can be learned (to some extent). In Progress, puts you inside a successful artist’s portfolio. She walks you thought her process from assignment, to sketchbook, to completion. Even if you have no desires to create hand lettering artwork, this book is full of tricks of the trade, inspiration, and awesome business ideas. Learning what makes a great design can help you save time and money on the creation of important business assets like your logo, advertisements, or tag lines. Even if you don’t read one word in this book, the illustrations are stunning and will serve as inspiration for years to come.
Clearing Emotional Clutter
Every organizer needs to improve their skill set and do some self-examination from time to time. Donald Altman’s newest book, Clearing Emotional Clutter, is a perfect way to tune up your organizing and mindfulness skills. The book helps you identify the important areas of your life along with your strengths, blessings, and even long lost traumas. It’s a great way to clear out what’s been dragging you down, even if you aren’t yet sure what that is. Just as cleaning out the physical clutter in your home can help you achieve more and experience less stress, clearing the emotional clutter can have similar results. I like that the book is divided up into easy to read and digest sections. You can read one or a few at a time. There are numbered lists, lifestyle tools, and even a list of further resources. This is a great read, just in time for spring cleaning.