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Business Bites: Being Weird Together

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Photography: via Martha Stewart

Being friends with other bloggers is totally awesome. I was reminded of this just yesterday when I had a lunch date with the gorgeous Emily of Fashion Foie Gras, who I met at the Cosmopolitan Superbloggers Masterclass. It’s the same as when I hang out with Gala and Shauna (19 sleeps and counting!) because we don’t have to worry about feeling weird wanting to photograph our outfits or document our hang-out, talking through the benefits of twitter vs facebook or discussing the latest internet drama. To us this is all totally normal behaviour!

Being a blogger can be quite an isolating career path if you let it. If you work for yourself (especially if you’re at home on your own) I can’t encourage you enough to get yourself out there, make friends with your peers and all be weird together.

Have a fabulous weekend guys.

Four pricing principles to never forget. The biggest common mistakes is “believing everyone should be happy to pay for your product” – they shouldn’t!
Is making money from blogging passive income?
Oversharing, how much is too much on social media?
How to set up your own online shop
♥ Stop hiding and make it happen!
♥ If you one read (and watch) one this thing week let it be Marie Forleo interviewing Sally Hogshead about how to be fascinating. I had so many lightbulb moments watching it!

“You don’t have to change who you are to become your most successful. In fact it’s the opposite, you need to become more of who you are ” Sally Hogshead

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Business Bites: Starting Over

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Photography: The Wedding Chicks

I’ve learnt a lot about what it takes to launch a new business of late. Not so much with Rock n Roll Bride, which I kind of fell into by accident, but with The Blogcademy, the bloggers workshop that I launched with Gala and Shauna in the latter part of last year. Its actually really crazy to think how far we’ve come, the lessons we’ve learnt and the changes we’ve already made (to the promotion, the online presence and the curriculum that we teach!) but it’s been really valuable having to do it so quickly.

Starting a business which immediately needs to be profitable is hard bloody work. I know this sounds like an obvious and pretty dumb thing to say, but unless you’re in it right now, it can be hard to remember what it was like when you first started out. It’s a constant work in progress and sometimes feels like a bit of an uphill struggle but it’s totally worth it and obviously super satisfying when it pays off. If you come to a class, I promise we’ll tell you all about it!

It’s funny that I’ve been thinking about that this week as a lot of the business related links I’ve found are to do with starting over or starting from scratch. Weird huh?

What would you do if you had to start your business from scratch?
Five tips for designing a company logo
♥ Are you charging enough?
Feeling lost? How to start over when things fall apart

“If you go through life knowing that every problem is solving a greater purpose, somehow its making you stonger and smarter, you’re going to look for, and find, an empowering lesson in every situation.” Marie Forleo

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Business Bites: Being Hungry

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Photography: Ellie Gillard Photography

I’m hungry. I’ve been doing the Clean Program Refresh all week (more on this soon!) and whilst I initially moaned about being a little hungrier than usual, as I came to the end of the seven day programme I had a moment of clarity. In a metaphorical way, being hungry is undoubtedly a good thing. Hunger is what forces us to go out and make changes. Hunger is what encourages us to re-evaluate what we’re doing and if we’re on the right path. Hunger makes us long for something better and pushes us to achieve it.

I am hungry for change. To change how I do certain things and act in certain situations. I’m not perfect at this business stuff, but I’m doing my best. Muddling through in the best way I know how… Now please excuse me while I crack open this packet of biscuits to celebrate my amazing moment of clarity.

Why I don’t care about SEO
The joy of accounting (boooo!)
Why being ‘all booked up’ is ruining your business
♥ Did we exist before social media?

“A friend once told me that social media was like being at a party where everyone’s high on cocaine—they’re all talking at the same time and no one’s listening, all while trying to look good and sound smart.” Paul Jarvis

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Business Bites: Magazines & Mini Meltdowns

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Photography: You are my Fave

Yesterday Gareth & I hotfooted it to Brighton for a mini shoot with the inimitable Lisa Devlin for our magazine. Did I mention that I’m working – hard! – on the next issue right now? Oh yes, I am soooo super excited about it because I just know it’s going to be even bigger and better than the last two editions. I’m actually taking the idea in a brand new direction and I’m super duper psyched to see what you all think about it! Onwards and upwards and all that…

In other news, next Tuesday I’m taking part on Cosmopolitan Magazine’s superblogger masterclass. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty darn nervous about it all. I’d love to see some friendly faces there, so if you’re able to get to London next Tuesday evening and you have a spare £30 lying around (honestly, what a bargain!) I’d love to see you. There’s a cocktail reception before it starts too so we can all gather for a drink and steady our nerves together. Now that sure sound like a jolly good plan to me!

Now please excuse me while I try not to have a mini meltdown…

Twelve blogging income streams
How to handle online bullying
Nine signs its time to quit your blog
♥ How to know when it’s time to move on
How to write copy that goes viral

“The best approach is to write for just one person. Make an impact on just one person. Even better, make it so they can’t sleep that night unless they choose to make a difference for just one other person by sharing your message with them” Seth Godin

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Business Bites: Moving Forwards, Always

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Photography: Made U Look Photography taken at The Blogcademy: Portland!

You never really know how a new blog series is going to go down with your readers, so I was so thrilled to read all your positive comments about Business Bites last weekend. I appreciate every single comment I get on this ‘lil blog of mine (ahem, well except those kinds of comments) so keep ’em coming!

I hope you’ve had an awesomely productive week. I’ve been making real progress with issue three of the magazine and I’m literally bursting at the seams with excitement. I’m hoping (touch friggin’ wood) to be publishing it mid-Summer again so watch this space. We’re down to the last few copies of issue two (once it’s gone it’s gone!) so bloody hell, I better not have gone and flipping jinxed it now…

Alrighty then, let’s get on with the show…

♥ If you’re a photographer in the UK, I’m sure you won’t have missed the news of the government’s new ‘Instagram law’. There’s obviously been a lot of angry photographers raging about it, but this BBC piece offers some much needed clarity
♥ However it’s obviously going to be pretty crappy if the law is passed, so if you’re in the UK please take two minutes to sign this online petition!
How to move ahead when everything sucks
Say it backwards
♥ This market research for the wedding industry is so invaluable
Explaining what makes you, you
♥ Having business cards on you at all times is so important but Danielle took hers to another level. You’re never going to forget the babe that gave you one of these are you!?
♥ Do you make these 6 domain name mistakes?
♥ Find what you love and let it kill you

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Business Bites: Striving to Improve

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Photography: La Tartine Gourmande

I know it’s geeky, but I really love reading anything and everything I can get my hands on about blogging or running a small business. I mean, if we’re not constantly striving to improve or better ourselves, how do we ever expect our businesses to flourish and grow? So do yourself a favour, take a break, and spend some time reading up on how you can make some positive changes. Today.

How to get your Facebook updates seen by more people
When is the best time to post on Facebook?
What is an editorial blog calender and do I need one?
Seven questions to ask yourself before you hit publish
♥ I love reading about other people’s work routines
♥ How to turn marketing fails into awesome human moments

“Ultimately, truly effective marketing (like any communication) is about connection and relationships. Real people make real mistakes. When you acknowledge it, you’re actually taking a second to have a really human moment. Yeah, mistakes are generally bad for business… but humanizing your business by acknowledging those mistakes can be powerful tool for establishing a real human connection.” Ariel Meadow Stallings

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