Tag Archives: business bites

Business Bites: Make the Web Expensive

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Photography: Mowielicious

Damn, it’s been so long guys. I HAVE MISSED YOU! It feels like we haven’t spoken in so long but I’m so thrilled to be back posting my Business Bites links. Have you missed me too?

♥ This is something we get asked a lot at The Blogcademy: How early should you monetise a blog?
The brand is a story. But it’s a story about you, not about the brand.
How do I get my small business noticed?
How to politely turn down a client
Are comparisons the root of all evil?
♥ If you’re a wedding photographer, you probably won’t have failed to noticed that double exposures are all the rage right now. This simple tutotial explains how you can achieve the look with the Canon Mark III.

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 Photography: Sarah K Byrne Photography

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Business Bites: Taking an Interlude…

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Photography: Raspberry Cupcakes

Here are this week’s links to keep you learning. Have you read anything great in the past seven days? I’d love for you to share your links in the comments (or hit me up on twitter). I’m actually taking a two week hiatus from Business Bites after this post because I’m off up a mountain with my family (Lord, give me strength). But I’ll be back and fit to bursting with new goodies nearer the end of the month. I am genuinely looking forward to a proper holiday though (i.e. one that’s not coupled with a work trip as well) and I’m sure I’ll be raring to go as soon as I get back.

March is a really busy month for me. As soon as I return from (apres) skiing I’m heading back down to the Photography Farm (won’t you come? There are still spaces left) and the week after that I’m hopping over the pond again for two more Blogcademys! Sheesh, no rest for the wicked huh? I’m a little nervous about how I’m going to keep up with my links round up posts this month as I’m spending so much time offline. Maybe I need to take a leaf out of Gala’s book, who’s gone down to doing her Carousel post just once a month? Hum…

Emma is embracing fearlessness
Signal vs Causes
The one thing that will make you more productive
Invest in yourself – and others!
Why angry customers give you the best feedback
 5 tips for blogging on a busy schedule
Blogging can open both professional & personal doors... and not everyone has to ‘get’ it
 Freelance ain’t free
 Fashion bloggers: then & now – having a look back to how the big league all looked when they first started is always a fun past time
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Business Bites: We Teach People How to Treat Us

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Photography: Domestic Sluttery

Gosh, doesn’t that look delicious. I don’t even have a sweet tooth but daaaaaamn!  So instead of putting on approximately 27 stone in meringue consumption alone, I’ll just busy myself with things like this…

Do your readers care about fashion week? This article was so interesting and talks about something I’ve been thinking about for a long time regarding wedding bloggers at wedding industry events.
Don’t worry about what other people say. They’re not always right.
Things I learnt from being a waitress (& part 2)
Create a blogging posse – but this is not just for bloggers. Anyone running their own small business should do the same!
♥ We teach people how to treat us – what to do if your clients won’t pay up!
♥ Darren Rowse of Problogger fame just published a really interesting and useful article about the 3 essential components to his online publishing business

“Blogging is for showing expertise (CONTENT), Social Media is for interaction (CONVERSATION) and Email is for CONVERSION” – Darren Rowse

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Business Bites: Get Stuck In

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via Bakers Royale

I don’t even like chocolate, but this looks utterly delicious.

As well as dreaming of stodgy food all week, I’ve been browsing around on your behalf. Grab a cuppa (and maybe some cake?!) and get stuck in why don’t ya..?

♥ Fabulous article on dealing with imitations 
♥ Desperate measures? Bloggers faking VIP status by paying for their own swag
What you can learn from eight top wedding bloggers (nice to be included, thanks Heidi!)
♥ Everyone has the potential to do something great, even ‘those people
Finding balance when writing features for your blog.

“While it’s important to have a defined niche that your content revolves around, if you wind your blog too tightly around a singular subject, it can become very dry and insular. Always use your niche as a guide — think of it as a bull’s eye in the middle of a dart board. But then, throw some darts a little further outside of the center.” Shauna Haider

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Business Bites: Strive to Learn

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Compiling this list of inspiration and business snippets is one of my favourite weekly activities. I always learn something new – often many things! Always strive to learn and better your understanding of how to best run your business, whatever level you’re at…

In other news, I’m being interviewed by Exposure Radio at 1.30pm today. If you fancy listening in you can stream it live here (must not swear, must not swear, must not swear…)

Enjoy!

♥ Do successful women get more haters?
What successful people do with the first hour of their work day
An ad-free publishing experiment (Love this post, it raises some really interesting ideas. It’s also what we did with the print magazine. The decision to keep the magazine advert-free was a surprise to many but it’s really worked in our favour)
How to test whether your idea has a market
How to cope with those who tear you down (oh Jasmine, you are so wise)
♥ And because Jasmine is sooo on form this week, read dumpster diving and the things you do for passion
♥ Let go or get dragged
♥ Should I go back to school?
I love Emma’s two epic Q&A posts (& part two)
Demand your worth!
♥ What you need to know about Facebook’s new graph search – ahh Facebook’s done it again and we’re all up in arms! This post also explains why it’s such a drama…
♥ Should you go into business with your best friend?
♥ Can you really make money blogging!? (answer – yes, but it ain’t gonna be easy!)
♥ 21 ways to add magic to your brand and stand out as a creative
♥ Seven things to do if your blog is a deadbeat

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Business Bites: Going Freelance, Copy Editing & Easy Blog Post Ideas

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Image: Tartine and Apron Strings

I went searching for some inspirational business posts again this week, and as usual the interwebz did not disappoint…

How to get the guts to go freelance
♥ Did you know that 85% of engaged couples in the UK read wedding blogs?
Five easy ideas for your next blog post series
How to be your own best copy editor 
Great tips for photographing wedding details – and making the most of weddings without lots of details
♥ The four rules of highly successful bloggers
♥ 10 apps that will simplify your blogging business
♥ Emma wrote about shouting and hiding…
♥ French blogger Garance Dore wrote openly about how she makes money as a blogger
♥ What comes first, motivation or action?
♥ Shauna shared her side of the story behind the epic (and on-going!) project that has been branding Rock n Roll Bride!
♥ Should we all abandon Instagram or what? An interesting article from a solicitor’s point of view
♥ Rejection Therapy – what’s holding you back? The fact that someone might say no? Get over it!
Why I don’t like calling myself a blogger – interesting stuff. I have to admit to feeling like this too sometimes. Usually when people I meet casually (ie taxi drivers, people at parties, check out staff at the supermarket) ask me what I do for a living I say I’m a writer, mainly because saying ‘blogger’ usually results in the dreaded “Huh? What’s that then?” conversation!

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