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Three easy ways to utilize Facebook for your business

Facebook is a given. It’s the first social media you should have even if you don’t utilize it. Obviously it depends on where your clients are hanging out online, but pretty much everyone and their grandma is on Facebook so here are a couple easy ways you can use it.

1. Create a page for your business:

You really should have a facebook page for your business. I don’t think anyone would be taken seriously as a business if they didn’t. You don’t have to go crazy and post all the time, but you should at minimum have your information, hours, etc. on it. (see my post the bare-minimum of what to include in your website for an idea of what information to get together)

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The bare-minimum information you should provide online for your business

When it comes time to write down the information or copy in your website your mind goes blank: “WHO AM I ??? WHAT DO I EVEN DO?!” So here’s the starting point and you can build from here:

Answer these questions when thinking about your content:

(Remember this: it’s like writing out an invitation to a party or event)

WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, HOW

  1. Who you are
  2. What you do
  3. When you’re available
  4. Where you are located
  5. Why (Benefits or why people should work with you)
  6. How to reach you

Give it a test run in the comments below, and download my welcome packet for a free worksheet

(sample of worksheet below)

What to include in your website:

What to include in Home Page:

TAGLINE & PICTURE:

WHAT YOU DO:

QUICK CONTACT INFO:

BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH YOU

What to include in About Page:

HOW/WHY YOU STARTED:

YOUR STORY:

Services/ Products/ Work With Me Page:

OFFERINGS, PACKAGES, OR PRODUCTS:

Contact Page:

PHONE:

EMAIL:

MAILING ADDRESS IF APPLICABLE:

CONTACT FORM:

SOCIAL MEDIA URLS:

 

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Services Page Inspiration:

Wondering what to do/how to present the information on your services or “work with me” page? See below. These are from 2014 but it’s important to LOOK LOOK LOOK when you’re thinking about and planning your website or re-brand

Dean Street Society

Alright, I just can’t. I can’t wrap my peabrain around Dean Street Society’s amazing website. I really just… Who MADE this gem?! It’s so fun. All I want in my life is to build websites that make people feel how I feel when I look at this website.

Breaking it on down:

Hillary has broken her services down into uber-cool packages on a main page, and then more in depth on the sub-pages. See parts one and two. I’m totally going to buy every service of her’s one day.

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Write in your own voice

I recently noticed the ‘grabber’ or ‘bribe’ on my site isn’t in my own voice. It’s an honest and fair trade – give me your email, and let’s have a consultation. The problem is that it’s not in my voice. I don’t talk like this:

“start with your FREE consultation”

I talk like this :

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6 Free online Tools to help your business Grow

Here are another 6 Free online Tools to help your business Grow

1. Wufuu – Create Free forms online

Wufoo has really great options for smart forms, conditional responses, adding payment abilities and customized responses. It features a drag and drop interface, so it’s super fast to collect information from your visitors. It integrates with Stripe, authorize.net, MAILCHIMMMPPPP (hello) and all these other partners.

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How to Change the Shipping Settings in your Bigcommerce Store

Shipping:
log in
settings
shipping settings
zones
United States
edit methods
add method
choose the fed ex service you need
configure using your information
Test the prices

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Feel-Good People to follow stat

Just came across this post that my girl Tina Hnatiuk posted a quote by today. Her name is Lissa Rankin, which led me to share with my dear friend Brie, who told me about a couple more daily inspiration gods and goddesses she follows. Wanted to share with you…

“I’m now obsessed with the word “pronoia.” It’s the opposite of paranoia, defined as “the belief that everything in the Universe is conspiring to support you.”

Lissa Rankin

1. Lissa Rankin

Quotes by Lissa Rankin:

“Love opens your heart, trumps fear, and paves the way for healing in all aspects of your life.”
― Lissa Rankin, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

“When you focus on gratitude, positive things flow in more readily, making you even more grateful.”
― Lissa Rankin, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

“With all those negative emotions filling her mind and all those stress hormones coursing through her body, no vegetable, supplement, exercise program, or drug was going to be strong enough to counteract the harmful health effects of chronic stress responses on her body.”
― Lissa Rankin, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

“What about the person who smokes, drinks, eats pasta and pepperoni pizza, and lives to be 100 because his life is so full of love, vitality, and purpose that he doesn’t want to leave it? I had a sneaking suspicion that there is a lot more to optimal health than we think.”
― Lissa Rankin, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

2. Tut’s Notes from the universe, Mike Dooley

Quotes by Mike Dooley

“Thoughts Become Things… Choose The Good Ones!”
― Mike Dooley

“Sometimes, when things take longer than you thought they would, it’s just a gentle reminder from your greater self that you have more time than you thought, and that there’s a journey to enjoy.”
― Mike Dooley

“There are only 3 things that can make your dreams come true: your thoughts, your words, and your actions.”
― Mike Dooley

“Think of every single thing that we ‘have to’ do to get through a day as something that we ‘get to’ do… before our turn is over.

Everything is a gift.”
― Mike Dooley

3. Martha Beck

Quotes by Martha Beck:

“The way that other people judge me is none of my business.”
— Martha N. Beck

“Imagine what you’d do if it absolutely didn’t matter what people thought of you. Got it? Good. Never go back.”
— Martha N. Beck

“Bad artists ignore the darkness of human existence. Good artists often get stuck there. Great artists embrace the full catastrophe of our condition and find beyond it an even deeper truth of peace, healing, and redemption.”
— Martha N. Beck

Now, GET OUT THERE and spread some positive vibes!

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Use custom domain in Gmail OS X and IOS

Custom email alias

Here’s info on how to send email from your domain rather than @gmail.com, @youremailclient.com. It looks much more professional and it’s not hard. Comment below if you have more questions, these are two separate articles I found on the topic.

In Gmail

see instructions from google here or check it out below.

Gmail or Google Apps user sending from an external address:

  • Click the gear in the top right .
  • Select Settings.
  1. Click the Accounts and Import tab.
  2. Under Send mail as, click Add another email address.
  3. In the ‘Email address’ field, enter your name and alternate email address you own.
  4. Enter the SMTP server (e.g. smtp.domain.com), your username on that domain, and your password for that account. You may also need to adjust your port setting or SSL setting (talk to your other ISP if you need this information).
  5. Click Add account >>
  6. Open your other account and either click the link in the message Gmail sent or enter the confirmation code in the Accounts and Import section of your Gmail settings.
    • If Gmail sent a verification email and you didn’t receive it, try checking your Spam or Bulk Mail folders for a message from account-verification-noreply@google.com to see if the email ended up in there.

Additional information

Your other email provider has to provide authenticated SMTP support for you to use this option. We’ll use TLS by default, or SSL if you enable it. Many email services that provide POP or IMAP support also offer authenticated SMTP support, and you can likely find your SMTP server configuration instructions alongside information about POP or IMAP. Also, this new version of custom ‘From:’ doesn’t work with Yahoo! Mail Plus accounts just yet.

If the address you’re adding is hosted by Google (either a Google Apps account or a @gmail.com address), your original address will still be included in your email header’s sender field to help prevent your mail from being marked as spam. Most email clients don’t display the sender field, though some versions of Microsoft Outlook may display “From yourusername@gmail.com on behalf of customaddress@mydomain.com.”

In osx and ios

Here’s information on adding email aliases in mail on OS X and IOS
(below info from six colors)

OS X

On OS X, launch Mail, go to Mail > Preferences, and select the Accounts pane. If you’re using a standard IMAP, POP, or Exchange account, all you should need to do is find the field listed as Email Address, and add a comma followed by the other address.

Mail aliases

(Note: If you’re using an iCloud account on OS X Yosemite, you may notice that Email Address is un-editable, showing up as a grayed-out field. Choosing “Custom” from the Alias dropdown above Email Address makes the field editable, but even after adding the aliases, I had no luck sending email from them via iCloud’s outgoing mail server. For more on a workaround, see below.)

Now, when you send an email, place the cursor over the From line and choose from the drop-down menu which address you’d like the email to come from. (On OS X, Mail seems to be smart enough that when you reply to a message it automatically sets the From line to the same address the original message was sent to.)

iOS

On iOS, this feature is hidden a little deeper, but it’s still pretty easy to set up. If you’re running a standard IMAP or POP account, you should be able to add additional email addresses with ease.

Open Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and select an email account. (Note: As above, iCloud—and also Gmail—accounts won’t work in the same way, but I’ll address those below.) In the following screen tap on Account and then tap on Email. You’ll see a screen listing the primary email address and then an entry for Add Another Email. Tap that and enter the email address you want to use, then hit the Return key on the keyboard (make sure you do that, because if you navigate away from the screen in any other way, it won’t save).

iOS Mail aliases

When you’ve done that, you should once again see the Add Another Email entry below your new address. Now you can back all the way back out, making sure to hit the Done button in the top right corner of the previous screen.

As on OS X, when you send an email, you should be able to tap the From address in the compose screen to choose your address—you may actually need to tap it twice: once to expand the full list of headers, and again to choose the address. iOS, in my brief tests, doesn’t seem as good about automatically choosing the appropriate email address for replies, so keep that in mind.

iCloud and Gmail accounts

You’ll probably notice if you try to follow the above instructions that you can’t add any aliases to an iCloud account that aren’t for iCloud.com (and you have to go all the way to the iCloud web interface to do even that). Gmail accounts on iOS, meanwhile, don’t appear to let you add aliases at all.

There are a couple options here. One is to instead re-create your Gmail or iCloud account using the generic IMAP configuration rather than the provider-specific options that iOS and OS X offer. For iCloud, you’ll need this support doc for the correct settings for Google, you’ll have to wade through this interactive tool, or simply look around for instructions on manual IMAP configuration for Gmail. However, as noted above in the OS X section, those addresses may not even work after all those perambulations, since Apple’s outgoing iCloud server is apparently very strict about what addresses you use.

So, before you go down that bleak path, I’ve found a faster, simpler workaround. If you already have any generic IMAP account set up on your Mac or iOS device, follow the instructions above to add the additional email alias to that account. iOS doesn’t directly link addresses to mailboxes, so when you compose a message or a reply you can choose any address or alias that is set up on your iOS device. It’s way easier and doesn’t require you to go through the hassle of reconfiguring your account.